How Many Martial Arts Does Batman Know? It's A Dark Secret!

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Last Updated on August 3, 2022

If you know, Batman does fight crime in Gotham City, and because he lacks innate superpowers like many of his colleagues, he must depend on his human traits to combat members of his Rogues Gallery.

Along with his gadgets…

Batman largely relies on his different martial arts, which is why I've decided to explore how many and what martial arts Batman knows.

Boxing, Muay Thai, western kickboxing, sambo, savate, jiu-jitsu, wrestling, judo, Taekwondo, karate, Kung Fu, and Krav Maga are among the 127 martial arts Batman knows about.

127? Yes, you read that right! 

Take a moment and read the content provided below to know more.

Who Is Batman?

Who is Batman?

Batman is the heroic alter ego of Bruce Wayne, a Gotham City resident. Batman originally debuted in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939, a story titled "The Case of the Chemical Syndicate."

This was a fairly early narrative that didn't include any of the contemporary Batman mythoi, therefore the character evolved significantly over time.

Although Batman is a superhero, he lacks superpowers.

As a child, Bruce Wayne watched his parents, Thomas and Martha Wayne, being murdered by Joe Chill, a local crook.

Wayne was saved by Chill, but he lost his parents and was raised by his family's butler, Alfred Pennyworth.

The Waynes were a prominent family in Gotham City and one of the city's richest families, thus young Bruce was well-provided financially.

He was frightened as a youngster after falling into a hole full of bats; yet, the tragedy inspired him to choose his superhero moniker, Batman.

Wayne believed that criminals were "cowardly and superstitious people," and that the best way to combat them was to make them fear their foes.

He invented the character Batman to face his anxieties, and he has been terrorizing and defeating the criminals of Gotham City since 1939.

The Batman stories have evolved throughout time. 

The Rogues Gallery was greatly enlarged, with various incarnations of Robin, James Gordon, Lucius Fox, and other members of the so-called Bat-Family being included.

The comics spawned a slew of television episodes (both live-action and animated), films and TV series, computer games, and much more, making it one of the most profitable and famous properties in modern pop culture.

Skills, Abilities, And Martial Arts

Batman Skills and Abilities

As already stated, Batman possesses no natural superpowers. Batman, unlike Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, or Green Lantern, is just a normal person.

And, while he pushed his body to its limits, he didn't do anything spectacular, much alone superhuman.

So, what makes him so successful and dreaded by criminals?

Batman fights criminals with three key tools: his intellect, his gadgets, and his combat abilities.

He is incredibly bright, and his deductive abilities rival those of the greatest detectives in history; one of his greatest foes, Ra's al-Ghul, dubbed him "The Detective."

Even yet, Batman must rely significantly on his devices and technology, some of which he conceived and constructed himself, while others were produced by Lucius Fox and Wayne Enterprises' technological section.

The third factor, martial arts, is equally crucial to Batman's career as a vigilante, and I'll go over it in further depth in the paragraphs that follow.

How Many Martial Arts Does Batman Know?

Batman charging towards enemy

Batman is a true master of martial arts.

He has such a reputation that he has been dubbed the "deadliest man on Earth" by Superman.

He is very disciplined, incredibly powerful, and incredibly strong-willed, making him immune to most types of mind control, which is rare for non-superhuman characters.

According to internet sources, Batman knows and has mastered a whopping 127 martial arts, making him one of the world's top martial artists.

Batman is frequently compared to DC Comics' top fighters, such as Lady Shiva, Bronze Tiger, and Richard Dragon, indicating that he is one of the best.

Let's look at a quick rundown of the verified martial arts Batman knows:

  • Aikido
  • Ba Gua
  • Bojutsu
  • Boxing
  • Brazilian Jiu-jitsu
  • Capoeira
  • Chin Na
  • Escrima
  • Fencing
  • Francombat
  • Hapkido
  • Hung Gar
  • Jeet Kune Do
  • Judo
  • Jujitsu
  • Kail
  • Karate
  • Kendo
  • Kenjutsu
  • Kenpo
  • Kickboxing
  • Krav Maga
  • Kung Fu
  • Kyudo
  • Muay Thai
  • Ninjutsu
  • Savate
  • Shaolin
  • Shorin Ryu
  • Silat
  • Taekwondo
  • Tai Chi
  • Varma Ati
  • Wing Chun
  • Yawyan

As I previously stated, this is a small list, but DC has never given a complete list of all 127 martial arts that Batman is familiar with, so I must make do with what I have.

Let's look at the 10 martial arts that might be regarded as essential arts in Batman's fighting styles now that you've seen the ones he knows:

Type of Martial ArtFocus
AikidoThrowing techniques
BoxingPunches
JudoThrowing techniques
KarateOpen hand strikes
Krav MagaHeadbutts and disarming techniques
Kung Fu StylesDefensive skills
Muay ThaiElbow strikes and knee strikes
NinjutsuWeapons throwing techniques and stealth techniques
SavateKicking techniques
TaekwondoKicking techniques

How Did He Master And Perfect These Martial Arts?

The response to this question, however, is not that straightforward.

Why? 

Well, there have been a lot of Batman stories since 1939, and many of them are part of multiple narrative continuities, so organizing and telling a logical, unified story about Batman and his martial arts is pretty tough.

What is known is that Batman trained alone with the skilled and greatest martial artist.

He also thoroughly researches his opponents — formidable fighters like Deathstroke or members of the League of Assassins, for example.

He also employs his knowledge and intellect to devise counter-tactics to combat them if required.

Batman is an expert at understanding his opponents' motions and weak points, which he employs to his advantage in battle.

There's also a well-known event from his childhood before he became Batman. 

He spent time in Asia (typically Tibet) training for a career as a crime fighter and learning various martial art techniques.

Although featured in both comics and computer games, this story arc is most known for its appearance in Christopher Nolan's film Batman Begins. 

This depicts a young Bruce Wayne (played by Christian Bale) training with Ra's al Ghul (played by Liam Neeson) in League of Assassins.

Wayne learned a lot in Asia, and most martial arts and talents of the Dark Knight are undoubtedly the result of this experience.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What martial arts does Batman use?

Batman is said to be well-versed in every major martial art technique. MMA, like Krave Maga, blends everything he's learned. Batman frequently takes advantage of his surroundings.

Has Batman mastered all martial arts?

According to online sources, Batman knows 127 martial arts skills. 

In many aspects, Batman is a strong rival for DC Comics' characters like Lady Shiva, Bronze Tiger, and Richard Dragon, and it is perhaps one of their most popular.

How many martial arts would Batman realistically know?

Comic book specialists and realists are Batman devotees. He typically employs Karate, Muay Thai, and Ninjutsu in his fighting style. 

During the Crusades, all martial disciplines were essential. It may be a hoax because it includes several disciplines, but it's most likely the single martial art that is also the number one: mixed martial arts.

How many martial arts does DCEU Batman know?

Godzillarex can assess how many combat styles Batman has mastered by examining the fight's martial tactics and weaponry. To date, Batman has researched 10 distinct methods of combat.

Knock-Out Point: The Olympics is a sporting event that Batman (aka Bruce Wayne) never had the chance of joining. Imagine the spectacle that he would have created if he did participate! This brings us to an article we wrote about this topic -- Olympic Martial Arts: 6 Self-Defense Forms In The Medal Race.


Conclusion

Batman is claimed to be a master of every fighting style known to man. According to legend, Batman is a combat prodigy who can learn any martial art technique in under a year. 

So, what are your thoughts? How many martial arts does Batman have under his belt? How well does he know them, too? Is he better than Bruce Lee? Can he do better Karate than the Karate kid?

I hope you found this information helpful and that you continue to watch or read everything about superheroes!

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