Martial arts are the arts fighting. Every 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 ancient cultures of Asia, such as India, China and Japan. Martial arts are used to teach self-defense, improve overall fitness, confidence and self-esteem. Some martial arts practitioners claim they can also be used as spiritual practices.
Karate is a generic term for Japanese martial arts. Japanese martial arts are strongly influenced by Zen Buddhism and samurai warrior tradition. Karate translates into "empty hand" in English. uses karate kicks and punches thrown with special cries 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 defense. It is similar to wrestling and uses the balance and sets its powerful influence.
Jujitsu is unarmed self-defense and was developed in China and Japan. Movements using roof supports, locks, shock and impact. Jujitsu uses the force of opponent's attack as a weapon against him.
Aikido is another Japanese martial arts. Aikido focuses on the use of force against the attacker, like jiu-jitsu. He emphasizes movement and movement dynamics. Aikido started gaining popularity in 1954.
Kendo is another popular Japanese martial arts. It is a sword fighting style using bamboo swords. The bamboo sword is about 4 feet long. Fighters wearing protective 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 blocks. The original style of kung fu Shaolin kempo is based on the fighting techniques of five animals. It has more than 5,000 years old and is practiced by the Shaolin monks in China.
Tae kwon do is the most practiced martial art. It is a form of Korean wrestling that is similar to Japanese karate. It is also an Olympic sport, besides 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 graceful and powerful. Tae kwon Do develops posture, graceful movements coordination and 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 requires no 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. Fighters use their legs kicking and arms to boxing punches. Wear protective clothing during practice.
Krav Maga was developed in Israel and is the official system of defense of the Israel Defense Forces. Krav Maga uses simple techniques involving instinctive movements. It is easy to learn and can be used by people of all ages.