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The Most Popular Martial Arts Hashtags of All Time

by Lystia Putranto

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These days, practically everyone around the globe is sharing posts on popular social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – and this certainly includes martial artists. If you too happen to be active on social media and are looking to attract a large following to your account(s), we’ve got your back. 

As you may already know, having and sharing awesome photos isn’t quite enough to get you a substantial reach and/or following. One of the most practical and effective techniques that will help you to do so is to ‘master’ the use of hashtags.

Simply put, the more popular the hashtags you include unto your posts, the more people will get to see them and if they’re impressed enough, they will even become a loyal follower!



At BookMartialArts.com, we have compiled a list of all-time favorite hashtags related to martial arts. On this post, not only are we sharing general martial arts related hashtags, we’re also dishing out lists that breaks down hashtags related to 10 of the most popular martial arts disciplines. Our hope is that what we share will help you make the most of your social media presence.

Without further ado, here are the top martial arts hashtags of all time: 


1. #MMA




Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a full contact combat sport that allows the use of both striking and grappling techniques. It combines two or more styles of martial arts disciplines such as Boxing, Muay Thai, Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), Taekwondo, Wrestling, and Judo.

Thanks to the growing popularity of professional MMA championships such as Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and its inclusion in various Hollywood action movies,  it has easily become one of the world’s most talked about martial arts, especially on social media. Currently the world’s fastest growing sport, you’d be interested to know that #MMA is ranked #1 on the list of the most popular martial arts hashtags!


2. #KungFu




Despite the fact that Kung Fu is one of the world’s oldest martial arts disciplines, its popularity among martial artists practitioners and enthusiasts around the globe is still strong. As Kung Fu grew alongside the ideas of Confucianism and Taoism during the Zhou Dynasty era,  what makes it unique from many other forms of martial arts is that Kung Fu emphasizes virtue and peace – not aggression or violence.

Though the term Kung Fu is widely associated with Chinese martial arts, in the Chinese language, to practice gōngfu (功夫) originally meant as the process of learning and perfecting one’s skills. It refers to the achievements through long practice in any training – whether it’s martial arts, cooking or any other skills one may obtain through consistent practice. 


3. #Karate




Developed in Ryukyu Islands (now known as Okinawa), Karate was brought to mainland Japan in the 20th century. After World War II, Okinawa became one of the most important US military bases and became popular among American soldiers who were stationed there. 

Influenced by Chinese martial arts styles such as the Fujian White Crane, the Okinawan Karate differs from the Japanese Karate. Today, Karate is predominantly a striking art using punching, kicking, knee & elbow strikes as well as open hand techniques such as palm-heel strikes and spear hands.


4. #BJJ




A combination of modified Judo and traditional Japanese Jiu-Jitsu, BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) was founded by the Gracie family, a prominent martial arts family from Brazil.  By using leverage and proper techniques, this martial arts discipline and combat sport teaches smaller sized fighters how to defend themselves against larger adversaries.

BJJ’s root started in early 1900’s with Esai Maeda, a former Jiu-Jitsu champion in Japan who was stationed in Brazil as the chief of Japanese immigration colony. He became friends with Gastao Gracie and taught Jiu-Jitsu to Gracie’s sons.  Helio Gracie, who adjusted the techniques that he learned to better suit his smaller size, created BJJ. However, it was Helio’s son, Rorion who first brought BJJ to the United States where the martial arts cemented its reputation as one of the most popular forms of modern martial arts. 


5. #Fitness




Other than to learn and to cultivate effective self-defense skills, one of the most common reasons to take up a practice of one or more martial arts disciplines is to reap its fitness benefits. Since martial arts is closely correlated with fitness, it comes to no surprise that #fitness is among the most popular martial arts related hashtags out there.

Whether one is looking to shed some weight, become leaner and/or to gain some muscle definitions, regular practice of martial arts can be extremely rewarding on your fitness, health and overall well-being.


6. #MuayThai




Also known as the ‘The Art of Eight Limbs’, Muay Thai is the most popular and beloved national martial arts discipline of Thailand. Modern Muay Thai includes striking with punches, elbows, knees and kicks as well as grappling from the standing position and throws. As a full contact combat sport, Muay Thai moves are often used in MMA. That said, there are some differences between these two disciplines. Examples of the main differences are: the lack of grappling, striking and submissions on the ground as well as the open fingered gloves used in MMA (Muay Thai utilizes boxing gloves).

Due to the immense popularity of MMA, Muay Thai is also gaining more fans as it is often considered the best striking art for MMA competitions. So, is it any wonder that #MuayThai makes it to this list? 


7. #Taekwondo




Taekwondo is a Korean martial arts discipline that combined many different martial arts styles which existed in Korea as well as some martial arts practices from neighboring countries. Some examples include T’ang-su, Tae Kwon, Judo, Karate and Kung Fu.  Recognized as an official Olympic sport since 2000, it is one of the world’s most popular martial arts with over 25 million practitioners spread across 140 countries.

The Korean word “Taekwondo” in English translates to “The Way of Kicking and Punching” – Tae means to kick or smash with the feet; Kwon implies punching or destroying with the hand or fist; and Do means way or method. Its name is well reflected by its emphasis on head-height kicks, jumping, spinning kicks and fast kicking techniques. 


8. #Boxing




Though it’s famous around the globe as a brutal combat sport, what some may not know is that Boxing is also categorized as a form of martial arts.

While the origin of boxing as an organized sport is thought to have began in ancient Greece as an Olympic game (686 BC), modern day boxing was thought to have started in England in the 1600’s. The British public’s enthusiasm for the sport gave way to the opening of many boxing schools and academies, especially in London. In the 19th century, Boxing made its way to America and thanks for John L. Sullivan, the first heavyweight Boxing champion, it gained a rapid popularity in the US. Fast forward to today, Boxing maintains its reputation as one of the world’s most demanded martial arts which explains why #Boxing is one of the most used martial arts related hashtags!


9. #Aikido




One of the lesser known martial arts on this list, Aikido is a modern Japanese martial arts created by Morihei Ueshiba. Largely based on the ancient martial arts practice of Daito-ryu Aikijujitsu, Ueshiba developed Aikido by combining his budo, or the martial arts with his religious and political ideologies.

Unlike many other forms of martial arts, Aikido does not focus on punching or kicking the adversary. Rather, it strives to use the opponent’s energy to gain control of them or ‘throw’ them away from you. Despite its reported decline in popularity in recent decades, there are still many loyal practitioners of Aikido around the globe, making #Aikido one of the most popular martial arts hashtags to date. 


10. #Follow




While some martial artists use their social media accounts mainly to share their martial arts posts with their friends and family, many others intend to use it as a platform to gain more exposure and a larger following of martial arts practitioners and enthusiasts alike.

This is where #follow comes in, though it doesn’t appear to be relevant to martial arts, it is apparently one of the best hashtags to use to gain new followers on social media. When we look at it this way, it makes perfect sense that it made its way to the list - doesn’t it? We certainly think so! 




1. Top Hashtags Related to #MMA


popular MMA hashtags

  1. #UFC
  2. #BJJ
  3. #Boxing
  4. #Muaythai
  5. #fitness
  6. #fight
  7. #WMMA
  8. #news
  9. #Jiujitsu
  10. #sports

2. Top Hashtags Related to #KungFu


popular Kung Fu hashtags

  1. #martialarts
  2. #Wingchun
  3. #BruceLee
  4. #MMA
  5. #beatsofhell
  6. #Taichi
  7. #karate
  8. #lifestyle
  9. #Shaolin
  10. #Wushu


3. Top Hashtags Related to #Karate


Popular Karate hashtags

  1. #martialarts
  2. #Shotokan
  3. #MMA
  4. #fight
  5. #kicks
  6. #win
  7. #wins
  8. #pitbul
  9. #Taekwondo
  10. #sougofollow


4. Top Hashtags Related to #Taekwondo


Popular Taekwondo hashtags

  1. #TKD
  2. #martialarts
  3. #karate
  4. #Internacionales
  5. #Mexico
  6. #Nacionales
  7. #MMA
  8. #ITF
  9. #fight
  10. #blackbelt


5. Top Hashtags Related to #KravMaga


Popular Krav Maga hashtags

  1. #selfdefense
  2. #fight
  3. #fitness
  4. #Newcastle
  5. #Leeds
  6. #York
  7. #Hull
  8. #Sheffield
  9. #Northeasthour
  10. #Washington


6. Top Hashtags Related to #BJJ


Popular BJJ hashtags

  1. #JiuJitsu
  2. #MMA
  3. #UFC
  4. #MuayThai
  5. #Boxing
  6. #Wrestling
  7. #BrazilianJiuJitsu
  8. #Judo
  9. #Grappling
  10. #oss


7. Top Hashtags Related to #Capoeira


Popular Capoeira hashtags

  1. #Brazil
  2. #HipHop
  3. #martialarts
  4. #Brasil
  5. #fitnessiland
  6. #Venezuala
  7. #camiseta
  8. #RT
  9. #Retweet
  10. #Roda


8. Top Hashtags Related to #MuayThai


Popular Muay Thai Hashtags

  1. #MMA
  2. #Boxing
  3. #BJJ
  4. #Thailand
  5. #kickboxing
  6. #fitness
  7. #UFC
  8. #wrestling
  9. #jiujitsu
  10. #martialarts


9. Top Hashtags Related to #Ninjutsu


Popular Ninjutsu hashtags

  1. #martialarts
  2. #ninja
  3. #selfdefense
  4. #blackbelt
  5. #bujinkan
  6. #budo
  7. #ninpo
  8. #KansasCity
  9. #RT
  10. #Retweet


10. Top Hashtags Related to #Boxing


Popular Boxing hashtags

  1. #boxeo
  2. #boxingnews
  3. #MMA
  4. #boxingheads
  5. #boxingscene
  6. #Mayweather
  7. #fitness
  8. #fight
  9. #MayweatherPacquiao
  10. #MayPac


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