For an individual who weighs 180 pounds, Kung fu (Martial Arts) burns an average of 892 calories per hour. However, the number of calories burned varies depending on the type and intensity of the activity, as well as the individual’s body weight.
To estimate the number of calories burned during Kung fu (Martial Arts) or other activities, you can use our Calorie Calculator tool. Simply input the details of the activity, and the calculator will provide you with an estimate of the number of calories burned.
Calories burned with Combat Sports (weight: 180 lbs)
|MET||15 mins.||30 mins.||45 mins.||60 mins.|
|Boxing (punching bag)||7.2||154||309||463||617|
|Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)||9.5||204||407||611||814|
|Judo (Martial Arts)||10.3||221||442||662||883|
|Jujutsu or BJJ||10.2||219||437||656||874|
|Karate (Martial Arts)||10.3||221||442||662||883|
|Kung fu (Martial Arts)||10.4||223||446||669||892|
|Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)||9.5||204||407||611||814|
|Muay Thai (MMA)||9.8||210||420||630||840|
|Sambo (Martial Arts)||10.7||229||459||688||917|
|Tae Bo (Martial Arts)||10.2||219||437||656||874|
|Taekwondo (Martial Arts)||10.3||221||442||662||883|
|Vale Tudo (Martial Arts)||10.2||219||437||656||874|
How to calculate calories burned during a Kung fu (Martial Arts) session?
To estimate the calorie burn for Kung fu (Martial Arts) , we utilize the MET value (Metabolic Equivalent of Task) associated with the activity.
Kung fu (Martial Arts) has a MET value of 10.4, which is used to estimate the amount of calories burned during the activity.
We calculate the calories burned by multiplying the MET value with the individual’s body weight in kilograms, then multiplying the result by 0.0175 and the duration of the activity performed in minutes.
- Your body weighs: 180 lbs
- Durition: 60 minutes
- MET value of Kung fu (Martial Arts): 10.4
The following is an example of how to estimate the number of calories burned during a 60-minute Kung fu (Martial Arts) session:
(180 / 2.20462) * 10.4 * 0.0175 * 60 minutes = 892
What is MET?
MET stands for Metabolic Equivalent of Task, and it is a unit used to measure the amount of energy expended during physical activity. The MET value of an activity is calculated by comparing the rate of energy expended during that activity to the rate of energy expended while at rest. Essentially, the MET value is the ratio of the working metabolic rate to the resting metabolic rate. We use the MET value to estimate the amount of energy expended and, therefore, the number of calories burned during an activity like Kung fu (Martial Arts).
METs are a measure of energy expenditure during physical activity, and understanding them requires knowledge of how the body uses energy. The energy required for movement is generated by the cells in our muscles, which use oxygen. One MET is equivalent to 3.5 milliliters of oxygen consumed per kilogram of body weight per minute. Energy expenditure during physical activity can vary among individuals based on factors such as age and fitness level. MET values can be helpful in designing an exercise plan or assessing the effectiveness of a workout routine for most healthy adults.
Note: It’s important to note that while METs are useful for estimating the energy expenditure of physical activities, they cannot accurately account for individual differences such as weight, age, gender, intensity of movement, and environmental factors. Therefore, even when performing the same activity, the energy expenditure will vary from person to person.
- Ainsworth BE, Haskell WL, Leon AS, Jacobs DR Jr, Montoye HJ, Sallis JF, Paffenbarger RS Jr. Compendium of physical activities: classification of energy costs of human physical activities. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 1993 Jan;25(1):71-80. doi: 10.1249/00005768-199301000-00011. PMID: 8292105. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/8292105/
- Learn about “MET” and the compendium of physical activities from Arizona State University, University or South Carolina, and Wikipedia. There is a summary of general physical activities defined by intensity from the CDC and the Harvard School of Public Health.
- Recommendations on physical activity for health from the Harvard School of Public Health and the WHO.