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But there are a number of lesser-known martial arts that are just as effective as the globally recognized ones or even better, and you might have heard of some of them. Despite receiving high praise from martial arts experts for their effectiveness, these martial arts have not gained much interest from the general public over the years.

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Jeet Kune Do is a modern martial art created by Bruce Lee in the 1960s. The style is more than a fighting technique; it is a philosophy allowing for freedom of expression and developing a personal style that works for you. It is ideal for self-defense since it was created primarily for this purpose.

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Korean martial arts styles are primarily centered on striking, and Taekwondo is the best example of their striking art. Korean martial arts styles also include grappling arts (Ssireum), hybrid arts (Hapkido), and weapon-based arts (Kumdo). However, these are less well-known than Taekwondo.

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