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What is the hardest Martial Art in the world?

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Today we will share an article publised on the blog about the different martial arts out there. But which one is actually the hardest one to master?

Martial Arts is a highly regarded art in the world, especially now since the UFC has been in mainstream for over a decade. Many kids, teenagers and adults watch UFC and learn the basic moves of BJJ, Boxing, Kickboxing and it adds a basic basis to their overall fight game.

Martial Art Concepts
Many have different thoughts about Martial Arts either by their own thoughts/beliefs or by how they were taught in whichever discipline they have trained in. Example, in Aikido, it is strictly to be used for self-defense and nothing more. Never to challenge one to a fight and avoiding it at all costs. Most Martial Arts are like this and have the concept within their system.

But out of all the Martial Arts out there, which is the hardest one to master?
To answer this question, let's look at the average time to reach a Black Belt. 
Getting a black belt depends on the individual and his attitude towards it and how much work he puts into it, for instance. BJ Penn was introduced to the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu when he was 17 years old. In 3 years he became a BLACK BELT and on top of that, he became the first non Brazilian black belt to ever win the mundials, that is unheard of. Another notable fighter, Forrest Griffin, took him an average of 10 years to achieve his black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

On top of all this, there is an average time-line on what it takes for a person to achieve a black belt in certain disciplines. Here are the statistics.

Karate: Average time to achieve a black belt in Karate according to many sources is 4 years.

Tae Kwon Do: Tae Kwon Do's average is 5 years. One year longer than Karate which is understandable, considering you need extreme precision and flexibility to a high degree.

Hapkido: According to sources, the average time to get a black belt in Hapkido is 5 years, do not mistake this though. Hapkido is a very hard martial art and takes lots of dedication to achieve this.

Wing Chun Kung Fu: Because I used to train in this art, I have the knowledge of how the ranks work. In Wing Chun Kung Fu, it is like a system of almost every other Martial art. You get a promotion every 3 months until you start getting to the advanced stages to encourage you (of course you have to remember and do the material). But in Wing Chun, they work in sashes and don't refer to the color of the sash, they work in levels. There are 10 levels in Wing Chun Kung Fu, once you get to level 6 you are considered a black sash but black isn't where it ends in Wing chun, then there comes red then Gold. On Average, it takes 2.5 years to obtain your level 6, but to become a full master on average, it takes 10 years to obtain the level 10 status in Wing Chun Kung Fu.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu it takes on average 10 years to obtain your Black Belt. But Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is completely different from all other Martial Arts, they work on the ground and do not do strikes like most martial arts do. They focus on the ground game, submissions and holds, and also, it isn't like getting a belt every 3 months like most dojos. It actually takes dedication and most of all, patience.

There are so many Martial Arts, I could go on and on and on, there are even Martial Arts I may not know about, so I will leave this to these most basic known Martial Art disciplines.

Which Martial Arts is the hardest?
Training in Martial Arts for over a period of 6 years, and experiencing many different disciplines, my answer to this, and not just in my opinion, the opinion and respect of many others, the hardest Martial Art to master is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Before MMA came to be, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was an unknown art and came out of the dark to the greatest tournament of fighting there has ever been. UFC came out in an attempt to find out which was the greatest discipline regarding all the Martial Arts and many people from all over the world came to enter this tournament from many different styles such as, Wrestling, Boxing, Karate, MMA, Judo, and of course Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

With all the fighters competing against each other, it came down to a man who was the son of Brazilian (Gracie) Jiu Jitsu's originator, Royce Gracie. He had won the first tournament to prove Jiu Jitsu was the greatest art of all Martial Arts and had remained undefeated for 7 years, after that is where people started becoming more familiar with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

But why is BJJ the hardest to master?
Because every man who has trained in a different discipline comes into Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to realize all that training he has accumulated means nothing the minute he steps on the mat. Many have stated and even acknowledged this fact such as Bruce Buffer (Martial Artist/Announcer of UFC), Joe Rogan (UFC Commentator/Martial Art black belt in Tae Kwon Do/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu). I could give a list for days. It takes time and patience, love and appreciation of each-other in this art because there can be no ego in Jiu-Jitsu.