History Of Martial Arts

The martial arts have a long and somewhat chequered history and although once, they were only used for self – defence, they did become embroiled in violence as history itself unfolded. Forms of martial arts were invented all over the world but the most renowned martial arts still in practise today are from China, Korea and Japan.

For example:

China:
Kung fu, Tai Chi

Korea:
Tae kwon do

Japan:
Karate, Judo, Aikido

These are just some examples but there are literally hundreds of different styles of martial arts, all with their own definitive place in history. There have always been avid followers of traditional styles and over the years, some unique aspects of individual styles have been added to another, and there are also those styles like the Capoeira from Brazil, whose origins are still shrouded in mystery, with its roots firmly placed within the realms of the slave trade.

It is commonly considered by many that martial arts were designed purely for the purpose of war; however, it is quite likely that the earliest roots were in defending themselves against man and beast. Since then of course, these early moves have been refined and set in a structured syllabus to make them easier to learn and through their popularity and effectiveness, they did become associated with the negative aspects of war and it's ensuing violence.

Martial arts in various styles began to seriously develop although it is true to say that some styles died out over the years possibly because of the pressures of religion or leadership; the styles were shrouded in secrecy and passed down only through families or from Monks to the Royals etc. In their place however, other, newer styles were created, and it is worth remembering that religion and war played a big part in the rise and fall of martial arts in general. Throughout time however, it is true that there have always been devout practitioners of specific styles and this has ensured that the martial arts heritage of those countries has, remained visible to the modern civilisation.

Due to martial arts films becoming so popular in latter years, an increase in both clubs and the public attendance of them, will ensure that styles remain alive and passed down to others for generations to come and this fact should be celebrated as the benefits of all martial arts ensure respect, confidence, camaraderie and an increase in the health and fitness of those who practice them.

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