The earliest evidence of martial arts goes back millennia. No one can pin point a specific time when the mindless combat grew into something more, something planned and studied but it certainly goes back to pre-human time. It is in human nature to inspire conflict whether out of spite, anger, love or even ignorance. In time, the combat developed and certain patterns emerged, so now we have numerous styles of fighting, aka martial arts.
Most martial arts today are celebrated and practiced not to inflict pain on somebody because of hatred, but to be seen as a sport for entertainment. Some of these martial arts are MMA, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Kick Boxing, Karate, Aikido and many, many more.
MMA is a full contact style of fighting, full name is ”Mixed martial arts”, people usually fight in a cage , one on one, and there are only a few rules. All the fighting skills the fighters have learned can be used and no style is off limits. The end game is one of the opponents surrendering or if one of them gets knocked unconsciousness.
Boxing on the other hand has very strict set of rules that must be followed. If one fighter breaks the rules he gets warnings, ultimately losing the fight if done so several times.
The rules of boxing are, you only use your fists to hit an opponent, no hits behind the head or under the belt. The fight ends either with the last round, the number of rounds are set by the type of competition, or a knockout.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a combat and self defense sport. Ultimately it is meant for grappling and ground fighting. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu evolved mostly from Kodokan Judo and the founding few who helped establish and advance this martial art are Takeo Yano, Mitsuyo Maeda and Soshihiro Hatake. Geo Omori was the first man who opened a Jiu-Jitsu school in Brazil.
Jiu-Jitsu technique is meant for overpowering and overwhelming opponents on the ground. This technique teaches its students how to defeat opponents who are stronger, bigger and have a larger reach by mitigating all of their advantages by throwing them on the ground. It teaches ground fighting and submission holds, how to lock the joints and do chokeholds.
Some of the martial arts are not even meant for combat but more for showing your skill so that its amusing to people watching and can be seen as art and not aggression. Also it is a great way to stay in shape and it has many health benefits.
Many people seek carriers in martial arts, as it has become more civilized and in the purpose of sport, viewers find them enjoying and events like Boxing world championship get overcrowded. Tickets for these kinds of shows sell in a matter of days.
People who seek carriers in these sports are often motivated by glory that comes with victory but a large sum of money helps too.
It is not all fun and games, people get seriously injured or killed during the fights. So if you are interested in practicing any martial art in the purpose of sport, sportsmanship should be the number one priority.
Martial Arts include a wide range of activities from various fighting techniques, mental and physical exercise, to methods of spiritual development and growth such as meditation. People practice these kind of sports all from different reasons – learning to fight or defend themselves in case of an attack, winning at competitions, fitness, choreography, health reasons or for entertainment only, one thing is certain this is a great way to spend time and learn something new. Some of these activities are considered Olympic sports like Judo and Boxing besides Olympics there are organized World Championships in Judo, Fencing and Karate.
Styles of Martial arts are numerous , maybe the most interesting classification is the one on unarmed and weapon based fighting techniques. Unarmed martial arts can be classified on those based on strikes, grappling or hybrid martial arts which are a combination of two. Martial arts based on strikes include punching that is typical for Boxing, kicking – typical for Taekwondo and Savate and others using strikes like Karate, Muay Thai. Grappling martial techniques include throwing (Judo, Sumo) chokeholds, submission holds (Aikido, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu), pinning techniques (Judo, Wrestling). In weapon-based fighting arts the most commonly used weapons are melee weapons, bladed weapons and polearms. Kenjutsu and Kendo are martial arts in which practitioners use swords, weapon for Bojutsu is staff and for Kyudo archery.
Brazilian JiuJitsu as one of the most popular martial arts nowadays is one worth mentioning, it is a full contact, grappling and ground fighting martial art and a combat sport. BJJ was formed from Kodokan Judo. Brazilian JiuJitsu promotes the idea that a weaker and smaller man can defeat bigger and stronger one if he respects rules of the BJJ and uses proper technique. The moves that make Brazilian JiuJitsu so famous are surely submission holds, joint locks and chokes.
Uniform used for Brazilian JiuJitsu is the gi and it is required during trainings, other term for gi is kimono, and it’s used to describe the whole outfit or just the jacket. For International championship competitors must have blue, black or white gi. New trend in Brazil is training so called “no gi” Brazilian JiuJitsu.
Junior practitioners are the ones up to 16 years old, and colors and order of the belts they can get are white, yellow, orange, green, blue, purple, brown and black, for adults (16 years old and over) white, green, blue, purple, brown, and black belt grades for 19 years old and older are black, black and red, and red.
The ability to relax is very important for training JiuJitsu so you don’t become exhausted or injured during your practice, you have to keep an open mind for obtaining this skill and you must not think about winning or losing, it will just slow you down. Also, you should be really careful while practicing JiuJitsu moves because sometimes one small wrong move is all it takes to break a bone or knock someone out. If you are ready for this kind of risk and dedication Brazilian Jiujitsu is the right martial art for you.
Martial arts also known as Fighting techniques are fighting skills that can provide your body with multiple benefits. Even though people mainly train this kind of sport just because they want to learn how to fight or defend themselves, there is a minority of practitioners who do this because of the spiritual dimension of martial art and its connection with religion, or because improvement of health.
Martial arts as a method for achieving spiritual growth – Indian monks needed to obtain a perfect physical condition so they could practice long term meditation and become spiritually strong, otherwise their physical health would be destroyed. Popular opinion is that techniques of striking, breaking, throwing all could be applied to human spirit and it helps practitioners to relieve themselves of the stress and pressure in the combat. Some people think that purpose of martial arts is confronting and overcoming the fear of death, which makes sense if you think about all of those attack, counter-attack and deflecting moves.
Martial arts are also great for your health both physical and mental. While training you use every muscle in your body, you can burn a large number of calories and lose weight, you can improve your cardiovascular health, reflexes as well as focus and stillness. Beside all of these benefits you could also improve your mood and be happy.
However self-defense is still main purpose for practicing martial arts. Everyday life has changed so much that now you could find yourself in many dangerous situations, muggings and attacks on the street are now almost a normal thing, so number of the people interested in learning martial arts is rising.
Defensive martial art techniques are mandatory if you are aiming to be a police officer or a soldier. From an interview with one of the law enforcing officers, when asked which martial art should suit the police best, he replied ” Krav Maga ”. An all around martial art that prepares you from a chaotic street fight with no rules, to how to defend yourself against weapons such as knives.
One of the most convenient kind of martial arts for protecting yourself is Brazilian JiuJitsu, it originated from Kodokan Judo and it is a grappling full contact martial technique. Brazilian JiuJitsu is a type of activity suitable for anyone interested, because it promotes the idea that weaker man can defeat stronger attacker if he uses proper movements. Over 90% of street fights end up on the ground so Brazilian JiuJitsu is very convenient for these situations, of course if there is no more than one attacker, otherwise it is the worst possible thing you could do.
BJJ differ from other martial arts because it is mostly oriented to ground fighting in which practitioner tends to obtain dominant position and then to use submission moves such as joint locks which means isolating opponents limb, or a choke hold through which he can disrupt the blood flow and cause unconsciousness. While doing these moves practitioner must be very careful or he can easily break opponent’s bone or knock him out.