Martial arts is more than just a system of combat techniques its a path to being a better person. It’s about much more than punching or kicking. Most martial arts schools expect their students to be: polite, honest and truthful, never stop trying, have self-control and a strong spirit. These are much more important than executing the perfect flying side kick.
All martial arts emphasize non-violence. The skills are only to be used to defend or to counter attack and people are trained to only use the force necessary to end a fight. Along with the fighting skills that are learned the martial artist must also learn responsibility.
There are many different schools of Martial Arts. Most often they are differentiated by the area in which they were developed: China, Japan, Okinawa, Korea, Indonesia, and even Brazil.
Each region has produced several different forms of martial arts. Chinese martial arts, for example, include: T’ai Chi Chuan (one of the oldest), Jeet Kune Do (Bruce Lee’s discipline) and Kung Fu (one of the most famous with over 400 varying styles). Japanese martial arts include: Judo (which is a grappling and throwing) and Akido (which is strictly self defense). Korea brings us Hapkido and Tae Kwon Do. All have their own unique style and many martial artists become good in many different styles. That’s what you are seeing on TV now with the Ultimate Fighters – mixed martial artists who practice many different styles and work to combine them effectively.
Why it’s Good for You
- Builds self-confidence
Keys to the successful practice of martial arts include: belief in your school and instructor, commitment to mastering your martial art. This all contributes to making you a more peaceful, productive and better human being.