Martial Art Abbreviations

Discussion in 'General Martial Arts Talk' started by Drunken Master, Mar 21, 2002.

  1. :rolleyes: I am relatively new to Martial Talk and I seem to be getting a little confused about some of the abbreviations people are using, e.g. JKD, FMA, etc TSD.

    Could someone post a list of all the abbreviations with their meanings.

    Thanks
    :D
     
  2. fist of fury

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    JKD -jeet kune do
    TSD- tang so do
    TKD -tae kwon do
    JMA-japanese martial arts
    CMA -chinese martial arts
    FMA-filipino martial arts
    I'm sure I missed some but those are the most common I've seen
     
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  3. Kirk

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    EPAK .. Ed Parker's American Kenpo .. AK is also used.
     
  4. KumaSan

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    These aren't that common around here, but it never hurts to know:

    BJJ - Brazilian JiuJitsu
    MT - Muay Thai
    VT - Vale Tudo
    MMA - Mixed Martial Arts
    TMA - Traditional Martial Arts

    Strange, but I've never heard anyone refer to Korean martial arts as KMA, but I hear JMA/CMA/FMA all the time. Usually the specific art is stated. I just now noticed that.:confused:
     
  5. So a quick recap then;

    JKD - jeet kune do
    TSD - tang so do
    TKD - tae kwon do
    JMA - Japanese martial arts
    CMA -Chinese martial arts
    FMA - Filipino martial arts
    EPAK - Ed Parker's American Kenpo
    AK - American kenpois also used.
    BJJ - Brazilian JiuJitsu
    MT - Muay Thai
    VT - Vale Tudo
    MMA - Mixed Martial Arts
    TMA - Traditional Martial Arts

    Do we have any more?
     
  6. Dronak

    Dronak Black Belt

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    I'm pretty sure I've seen TCC = Tai Chi Chuan or TJQ = Taijiquan before, but I don't think that's used much around this board. I think I've also seen GJJ to specifically mean Gracie's Jiu Jitsu, but I could be wrong. You might want to check on that before including it in the list. I don't know a lot outside of the area(s) I'm currently studying. Just wondering if including VT = Vale Tudo would mean things like UFC = Ultimate Fighting Championship could be included. Are they similar enough to include all similar events or are they different enough to include some but not others? I thought they were all similar things, but I don't really know. That's about all that comes to mind right now. You've already covered the other basic ones I've seen around.
     
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    These will sometimes be used in the Grappling and Muay Thai fora here, though MMA isn't discussed that often.

    I agree. We do that here, though, in the KMA-General forum.
     
  8. Kirk

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    I've seen NHB used quite a bit in other forums.
    No Holds Barred
     
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    They are all pretty similar, but Vale Tudo is the term generally used as an "umbrella" for all of them. I guess you could say that Vale Tudo is the "style", and things like the UFC, Pride, etc are the events.
     
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    Ah, OK. I didn't realize that. As noted, I'm not too familiar with stuff outside what I'm personally studying. I'm not sure why I forgot about NHB though; I've seen that one around often enough.
     
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    Glad to help clear it up. Personally I don't like to use NHB, but that has nothing to do with this conversation...
     
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    Any new ones to add? Oh, I'm making this a sticky, seems useful :)
     
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    I've seen Hapkido abbreviated as HKD.
     
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    MJER - Muso Jikiden Eshin Ryu
    TSKSR - Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu
    BBT - Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu
    IRT - Instinctive Response Training
    MA - Modern Arnis
    PTK - Pekiti Tirsia Kali
    MA80 - Modern Arnis 80
    WC - Wing Chun
    WT - Wing Tsun


    There are lots more but those are just some off
    the top of my head.
     
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    bit of self promotion? ;) heheh... good stuff :)
     
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    There's an art called Northern Praying Mantis which is abbreviated as NPM.

    But I didn't know that there were so many abbreviations... :p
     
  17. morph4me

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    SPM - Southern Praying Mantis
    NGA - Nihon Goshin Aikido
    KSW - Kuk Sul Won
     
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    Just a little! [​IMG] However that is the abbreviation that we use.
     
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    WMA: Western Martial Arts
    HEMA: Historical European Martial Arts
    HES: Historical European Swordsmanship
    RMA: Renaissance Martial Arts
    KDF: Kunst des Fechtens

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    MSK = Moo Sul Kwan

    so, MSK TKD = Moo Sul Kwan taekwondo

    and

    MSK HKD = Moo Sul Kwan hapkido

    :)
     

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