Martial arts are the arts of Fight. Each style of martial arts is a system of exercises, practices, forms and traditions combined in a training program to teach combative fighting and defense. Martial arts originated in the ancient cultures of Asia, such as India, China and Japan. Martial arts are used to teach self defense, improve general fitness, confidence and self-esteem. Some martial arts practitioners claim that they can be used as spiritual practices as well.
Karate is a generic term for Japanese martial arts. Japanese martial arts are heavily influenced by Zen Buddhism and the samurai warrior tradition. Karate translates to "empty hand" in English. karate uses kicks and punches thrown with special shouts and is a martial art of defense.
Judo is based on jiu-jitsu. Judo means "smooth road." Judo has to do with the attack and the defense. It is similar to wrestling and uses balance and influence for its powerful sets.
Jujitsu is self-defense without weapons and was developed in China and Japan. The movements use sustains, padlocks, shocks and blows. Jujitsu uses the opponent's attack force as a weapon against him.
Aikido is another of the Japanese martial arts. Aikido focuses on the use of the attacker's force against him, just like jiu-jitsu. Emphasizes movement and movement dynamics. Aikido began to gain popularity in 1954.
Kendo is another of the popular Japanese martial arts. It is a sword fighting style that uses bamboo swords. The bamboo sword is approximately 4 feet in length. Fighters wear protective gear around the head, wrists and abdomen.
Kung fu has many different systems. It is a powerful form of martial arts that uses force, low positions and powerful blockades. The original style of Shaolin kempo kung fu is based on the fighting techniques of five animals. It is more than 5,000 years old and is practiced by Shaolin monks in China.
Tae kwon do is the most practiced martial art. It is a form of Korean fighting that is similar to Japanese karate. It is also an Olympic sport, as well as being a form of self-defense. In Korea, it is a way of life and an artistic discipline, according to the World Federation of Tae Kwon do. The movements are elegant and powerful. Tae kwon do develops posture, coordination of graceful movements and physical fitness.
Tai Chi Chuan
Tai chi chuan is a method of self-defense. In addition, it is an exercise that is practiced around the world for its health benefits.It can be practiced by people of all ages and does not require special equipment. The movements are fluid and graceful and promote inner peace and tranquility.
Kickboxing started in the United States in the 1970s and is a combination of karate and boxing. The fighters use their legs to kick and their arms for boxing blows. They wear protective clothing during practice.
Krav Maga was developed in Israel and is the official defense system of Israel's defense forces. Krav Maga uses simple techniques involving instinctive movements. It is easy to learn and can be used by people of all ages.