Combat or martial sports – those involving one-on-one contact – come in a variety of forms, from the usual hit-someone types like boxing, kickboxing and Muay Thai, to the more full-body-grappling styles such as wrestling and Brazilian jiujitsu, to purely kicking-based varieties like taekwondo. Or, indeed, a mixture of them, as mixed martial arts (MMA) allows both striking and grappling.
But these sports aren't just about getting into a ring and punching someone: training clubs come with rules, form, safety and lots of practice time. And they're a hell of a workout for the body, and the mind. Here's a round-up of some of the best clubs in Beijing.