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Martial Arts Overview

The practicing of Martial arts all over the world is very common these days.

Anytime individuals decide to learn how to protect themselves, learn self-defense, or become a better person, one thing comes to mind - martial arts.

The Background of Martial Arts

The martial arts have been used for many centuries, although they really became famous around the time of Bruce Lee. Bruce invented the style of Jeet Kune Do, which involves very fast strikes with amazing counter defenses. Once people began to see just how fast Bruce Lee could move, they began to look into martial arts and see just how it could benefit them.

Different Styles of Martial Arts

Martial arts are broken down into specific styles. The style all depends on where and what you study. A lot of cultures and countries offer martial arts that they originated, developed, and perfected.

  • Brazil offers Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Japan has Karate
  • Thailand has Muay Thai
  • France has Savate and
  • China has Shaolin.

Keep in mind that each style will vary in techniques and what it has to offer you.

Although many people feel of martial arts as being just for self-defense purposes, this is not always the case. Martial arts are used in tournaments and competitions also, which can include sparring, floor routines, and even block and brick breaking demonstrations. All across the world, there are competitions and chances for fighters to show themselves and their knowledge.

Teachings at Martial Arts

In general, all martial arts will teach you how to defend yourself and above all else - help you develop self-control. Once you begin to study a martial art, you will quickly start to build up a better mental state. Despite what style of martial art you study, the instructors will drill self-control into your head.

Advantages of Martial Arts

Those of you who have a bad temper or just need to learn self-control, martial arts can be very advantageous to study. Not only will you learn self-control, you will also learn how to protect yourself in the most drastic of situations. Self-control is very important, as martial arts can be very deadly if they are taught to the wrong person - with the wrong intentions.

Martial Arts - Competitions

Over the last decade, there have been many mainstream competitions that display martial arts, such as Extreme Fighting, King of the cage, and the most popular of all, the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). The UFC has come a long way over the years, sparking interest from all over the world. It pairs stylists from all over the world together, to test their skills and see who the better fighter is.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)

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With the UFC, many people have gotten the wrong idea about martial arts. A martial art is great to learn, although if it works in the UFC, it does not always mean that it will protect you out on the streets. The example is Karate that contains teaching blocking and striking, with little to no emphasis on grappling techniques. If you get in close, Karate really does not help. With some distance however, Karate can be very devastating.

No matter how you look at it, martial arts can be great to learn if you learn it for the right reasons. Each style will vary in technique and what it has to offer you, which is why, you should pick the best style for your needs and hope to accomplish. Martial arts can teach you a lot about self-defense and yourself - all you have to do is try it.

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