10 Deadliest Martial Arts in the History of Mankind

From ancient times, people from different geographies have been constantly in fights, duels, disputes, and wars. In the ancient ages, people used bare hands, sticks, stones, bones, and metallic spears as weapons to defend themselves. Slowly, over time this has given birth to many forms of martial arts, fighting techniques, self-defense systems, and mixed martial arts. Some of the techniques were used to just kill the opponent whereas others taught techniques to defend you from the opponent. Today, we will look at some of the world’s most lethal, deadliest and brutal forms of martial arts and techniques in this post. These arts are so powerful that they are called as some of the deadliest martial arts in history.

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The list of ten greatest and deadliest martial arts of all time that may be interesting to learn:

10. Bacom

Country of origin: Peru

Bacom Martial Arts from Peru

Many people do not know what this martial art is all about. Bacom also was known by the name Vacon is a Peruvian martial art developed in the streets of Lima for the Peruvian military. This lethal and deadly martial art focuses on inflicting maximum injuries and harm to the enemy within a short span of time. It also involves the usage of hidden weapons and extremely powerful punches to disrupt the opponent’s equilibrium.

9. Eskrima

Country of origin: Philippines

Eskrima Martial Arts from Philippines

Eskrima is a traditional martial art from the Philippines which is mainly focused on the usage of knives sticks and bare hands to beat the opponent. Eskrima is a close combating martial arts, where weapon disarming, hand-to-hand combat, joint locks and grappling are some of the primary techniques. Some schools teach bare hands techniques as a primary technique. Modern Eskrima has grown to such an extent where an opponent can be killed within seconds of the start of the combat. The martial arts teach careful footwork and low stance as lethal techniques.

8. Rough and Tumble (Gouging)

Country of origin: United States of America

Rough and Tumble from America

Rough and Tumble are also called as Gouging which is a form of fighting from the USA in the 18th-19th century. This was a martial art, which mainly focused on gouging out an opponent’s eye. It also involves biting the opponent’s tongue and maximum disfigurement of the opponent. Rough and Tumble are considered as the most brutal form of fighting, which later transformed into modern-day boxing.

7. Ninjutsu

Country of origin: Japan

Ninjutsu Martial Arts from Japan

Ninjutsu was more of an art of tricks than martial arts, which focused on non-traditional fighting techniques from feudal Japan. It was practiced as part of guerrilla warfare and unconventional warfare by the so-called ninjas. In the ancient times of Japan, Ninjutsu was used to assassinate and kill targets. It was also used to spy and scout.


Country of origin: United States of America

MCMAP Martial Arts from America

MCMAP stands for Marine Corps Martial Arts Program developed by the United States Marine Corps. It is a close combat system which helps in the high-volatile training of the Marines to disarm an enemy or fight unarmed enemies. MCMAP teaches the Marines only to bring the enemy down and not to use any lethal techniques to kill them. MCMAP has techniques from the LINE System of the 1980s which was in turn derived from Okinawan karate, Judo, Tae Kwon Do, Kung Fu, Boxing, and Jujutsu.

5. Brazilian jiu-jitsu

Country of origin: Brazil and Japan

Brazilian jiu-jitsu

Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ), is close combat martial arts from Brazil in South America but is basically originated and inherited from Japanese Judo. Brazilian jiu-jitsu focuses mainly on grappling and sweeps which can easily take down a stronger and bigger opponent making this martial arts more lethal and deadly. BJJ includes and emphasizes on group grappling techniques like joint-locks and chokehold.

4. Silat

Country of origin: Geo-cultural area of Southeast Asia

Silat Martial Arts from Malaysia

Silat is an ingenious martial art created by the people of Malay, which is now part of Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore. Silat is an art, which was passed on from family to family and is not a sport like other Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Some masters believe that Silat was the result of animal movements, as the modern Silat is all about exploiting the weakness of the enemy and incapacitating them as quick as possible.

3. Muay Thai

Country of origin: Thailand

Muay Thai Martial Arts

Muay Thai is a martial art that originated from Thailand, which was known as “Thai Kick Boxing” and is also known as “Science of eight limbs”. Muay Thai is a combat sport, which uses elbows, knees, fists, and shin. The martial art specializes in special clinching techniques and prepares a fighter for high mental and physical disciplines for the fight. Muay Thai focuses on full body movements when implementing the techniques like punching, kicking and blocking. Muay Thai is so lethal, that with a kick a full-grown buffalo can be killed in a second.

2. Sambo

Country of origin: Russia

Sambo Martial Arts from Russia

Sambo is the only martial arts close to Krav Maga techniques because Sambo is also a self-defense technique from Russia similar to Krav Maga. This martial arts developed in the 1920s has drawn its styles from many other martial arts like Kodokan Judo, Jujutsu, Greco-Roman and Freestyle wrestling.

1. Krav Maga

Country of origin: Israel

Krav Maga from Israel

Krav Maga is the most dangerous and lethal martial arts in the world. Though Krav Maga is a self-defense system developed for the military of Israel, this has now turned into a lethal martial arts system. Krav Maga takes its inspirations and styles from other martial arts like Boxing, Wrestling, Aikido, Judo, and KAPAP. Krav Maga falls under the hybrid form of martial arts, which prepares a fighter to respond to an attacker before the attack.


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