Martial arts, in addition to providing a good grounding in self-defense, provide adherents with improved balance, better cardiovascular health, increased focus, a better mood, and sharper reflexes. In purely visible terms, regular practice of martial arts usually leads to weight loss and better muscle tone.
Prague has quite an assortment of martial arts disciplines to choose from, as seen below.
This organization, with a website in Czech and English, offers classes to students of all ages. The first class is free of charge, and you can join at any time of the year. Classes run from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (depending on the day). The lessons are given in two separate venues, both in Prague 2. Weekend seminars are available, as are summer schools lasting one week.
This school teaches the Russian martial art known as Systema. As is common in yoga, Systema emphasizes the correct way to breathe during training. Fighting in close combat, fighting on the floor (or on the ground) and fighting with weapons are all taught. Students can join at any time. Training sessions can be purchased in groups of five or ten. The website is in Czech and English. Training takes place Wednesday and Friday evenings.
This school teaches Tong Bei, a form of kung fu. Classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Students can also have private lessons. Students can join at any time. The school is located in Bubeneč (Prague 6). Outdoor training is held from April through September, weather permitting. The website is only in English.
This school has Wing Tzun classes for all ages, including women’s self-defense classes and Wing Tzun for kids. Classes are held in the late afternoon and in the evening. The school is located in Prague 7. The website is in Czech and English.
HEMA is the acronym for Historical European Martial Arts. Wrestling, fighting with longswords, and fighting with shields, daggers, and staffs, among other implements, is learned here. Seminars are held regularly, and every year, the organization holds a longsword tournament in Prague. This is where you can learn the kind of fighting you see in movies set in the Middle Ages. The home page is in English as well as Czech, but the rest of the website is only in Czech.
Courses are taught for students of all ages and all levels. The first class is free. The earliest class starts at 3:00 p.m.; the last class starts at 8:15 p.m. Classes are taught Mondays and Thursdays. Payment is charged per semester, not per class. The school is located in Břevnov. The website is in Czech and English.
This is a group of people who enjoy meeting to practice martial arts. Students will practice both alone and in pairs. Joining the group will give you access to information on upcoming meetups.