Martial Arts for Beginners
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Martial Arts for Beginners

You will learn basic kicks and punches in this introductory Martial Arts course.
4.6 (263 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
7,086 students enrolled
Created by Martynas Karys
Last updated 4/2017
English [Auto-generated]
Price: Free
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Fighting Stance
  • Basic Footwork
  • Jab
  • Cross
  • Hook
  • Front Kicks
  • Roundhouse Kicks
  • Axe Kicks
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  • Willingness to learn
  • Excitement for the possibilities ahead

This course will teach you main things that you need to know when starting to learn Martial Arts. I provided an abundance of entertaining and informative videos that will go in detail on each topic that you will need to know. Virtually every lecture is accompanied by an instructional video. I will provide supplemental materials such as Power Point presentation with most of the videos for an easy review when you need it.

Completion of the course does not mean that you mastered it, I would strongly suggest going through the course multiple times and practicing every technique hundreds of times. As Bruce Lee said, "I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times."

The structure of the course is fairly simple. I will start by explaining the points of a good stance. I will then show you some basic footwork that you should be practicing. Once you have a stance and the footwork down, we will then move on to basic punches. Once you have that down I will then introduce you to basic kicks. Lastly, I will show you two, in my opinion, most useful self defense techniques that you will be able to use in a street today! I will show you the major different ways of doing each technique so that your practice do not get dull. I will also show you common mistakes that people make and how to avoid them. So grab a pair of comfortable pants and let's get started!

Who is the target audience?
  • Suitable for all ages
  • All levels and all experiences should find the material useful
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Curriculum For This Course
About the course
2 Lectures 04:06

Weight loss / Get fit

Aerobic and Anaerobic exercise

Self Defense

Stress Reduction

Other benefits

Why should you learn?

Good Fighting Stance

Good Footwork

Basic Punches

Basic Kicks

What will you learn?
7 pages
Basics: Fighting Stance and Footwork
2 Lectures 07:22

Different kinds of stances

Width of a stance

Hand positioning

Legs and feet

Fighting Stance

Proper form

Forward Step

Backwards/retreating step

Left Side Step

Right Side Step

Be fluid like water

Basic Punches
4 Lectures 13:28

Turn your fist

Twist your hip

Turn your foot

Relax your fist

Add footwork

Jab Punch

Rotate your fist

Rotate your hips

Push off with and pivot your rear foot

Do not lean forward

Use your rear hand for blocking

Cross Punch

Aim a the chin

Rotate the hip

Pivot your feet

Lead hand hooks

Rear hand hooks


Jab->Cross Punch->Lead Hook

Cross Punch->Body Hook->Lead Hook

Jab->Jab->Lead Hook

*Retreating* Jab->Jab->Rear Hook

Practice with a partner

Have fun with it!

Punching Combinations
Basic Kicks
5 Lectures 17:54

Kick with the top of the foot and not the shin

First raise the knee

Extend the leg

Fold it back the same way

Have a snapping motion

Twist your hip and pivot your foot

Do not lean back

Keep your toes down

Knee and foot should be on around the same line

Front Kick

Turn your leg at around a 45 degree angle

Toes down, kick with the top of the foot

Keep the knee in line

Pivot your standing foot

Put the leg in front of you after the kick

Roundhouse Kick

Two ways of doing axe kick

Use it when opponent is squared off and is aggressive

One way: straight leg outside-in

Another way: bend the leg straight in front of you

Pivot your standing foot

Axe Kick

As you come up with it, think of a situation where you would apply the combination

Combination 1: Front leg front kick aimed at the groin -> rear leg outside-in axe kick aimed at either the back (if they are bent over) or the head.

Combination 2: Front leg roundhouse kick -> rear leg roundhouse kick -> pause -> frontal axe kick

Combination 3: Frontal Axe kick -> Front leg front kick -> rear leg roundhouse kick

Kicking Combinations

Practice slipping and blocking with a partner

Use proper footwork

Defense against a straight punch

Defense against a hook or a haymaker

Practice both defenses until you are fluid

Self Defense Techniques
2 Lectures 05:19

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About the Instructor
Martynas Karys
4.6 Average rating
263 Reviews
7,086 Students
1 Course
Martial Arts instructor, Yogi, Entrepreneur, Philosopher

I am a devoted Martial Artist with over 15 years of experience in arts such as- Taekwondo, Jeet Kune Do, Hapkido, Xin Wu Men Kung Fu, Shidokan Karate, Shaolin Kung Fu, Aikido...

I have also studied and practice several yoga styles (Hatha, Bikrum and Kundalini) as well as studied spirituality and philosophy in several different fields.

I have been involved in Hospitality business managing Hilton and Marriott brand hotels. I have two degrees and I am currently completing my M.B.A. which I utilize in work and in life. Hopefully my experience and knowledge will be of use to you through several courses that I introduced, 

My goal is to share whatever knowledge and expertise may be useful with the rest of the world. I found it to be gratifying to teach others and to see their progress or to understand that someone else is better off because of something you shared with them. I hope that you will enjoy my courses and please feel free to send me a message with any questions you may have, I will be glad to answer them. Have fun!