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.