3 Most Useless Martial Arts | Simply Explained

There are hundreds of martial arts in the world, some are extremely useful in real life situations and others are not so useful.

In this page, we'll go over the most useless martial arts along with why it makes them useless.

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Table of Contents

  1. Tai Chi
  2. Aikido
  3. Capoeira

1. Tai Chi

What is Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a series of gentle physical exercises and stretches. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion.



Tai Chi is sometimes described as meditation in motion because it promotes serenity through gentle movements — connecting the mind and body.

This martial art uses low impact movements to 'flow' into the next movement, while never stopping the actual flow.

Tai Chi in Real Life

The two problems with this martial art is that it can be countered with actual resistance, and they will have be completely unprepared when dealing with an encounter in real time.

When dealing with someone trying to knock your head off, Thai Chi will not exactly inspire confidence.

2. Aikido

What is Aikido

The Japanese martial art of Aikido is a comprehensive system of throwing, joint-locking, striking and pinning techniques, coupled with training in traditional Japanese weapons such as the sword, staff and knife.

The entire point of Aikido is to avoid confrontation, which defeats the purpose of martial arts, which is dealing with the actual confrontation.



Aikido in Real Life

In real life, the rolls and wrist locks will not be the most effective against someone attacking you at 100%.

Although these techniques can be effective with someone who is an expert at this martial art, for the majority of the population it will not be in a real life confrontation,

3. Capoeira

What is Capoeira

Capoeira is a martial art that combines dance, acrobatics and music that consistently uses inverted kicks, while keeping hands on the ground.


Capoeira developed in Brazil, derived from traditions brought across the Atlantic Ocean by enslaved Africans and fueled by the burning desire for freedom. It soon became widely practiced on the plantations as a means of breaking the bonds of slavery, both physically and mentally.

Although this martial art is filled with unpredictable movements, it's not very effective in a street fight, nor an MMA fight.

Capoeira in Real Life

In either scenario, it's likely that a Capoeira practitioner is very susceptible to to easily being taken down by any person with amateur wrestling experience.

It will not be very difficult to get on top of a person who has their hands on the ground using it to support themselves up in order to throw an unorthodox kick.

In the MMA world, there have been multiple MMA fighters who have practiced Capoeira in their younger years including Conor McGregor and Anderson Silva.

However, they would opt to use other techniques such as Karate during their actual bout.

Worst Martial Arts

Although we've covered martial arts that won't be the most useful in real-life situations, it's important to know that all of these martial arts can be useful in one way or another.

The worst martial arts are the ones that are taught by fake instructors, that use mythical energy in order to deal with confrontation.

If you want to practice martial arts, ensure that you are choosing a reputable school, with a reputable instructor in order to get your money's worth, and learn skills that will last you a lifetime.

Once you've mastered one martial art, you can move on to another, and combine that knowledge and skill to have a combination of martial arts in your arsenal.

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