Martial Arts - The Basics

Martial arts are broken down into specific styles. The style all depends on where and what you study.

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Anytime an individual decides to learn self defense, or just wants to become a better person, one method comes to mind - practicing the martial arts. Martial arts are very popular these days, and are being practiced all over the world by people of all ages and from all walks of life. Any martial arts class may contain a plumber and a doctor, and, will almost certainly contain at least a few women.

The martial arts have been around for many centuries, although they really gained in popularity, and public interest in them increased around the time of Bruce LeeBruce Lee movie collection. Bruce invented the style of Jeet Kune Do, which involves very rapid strikes with amazing counter defenses. Once people began to see just how fast Bruce Lee could move, they began to respect and look into martial arts and see just how it could benefit them.

Martial arts is a broad term covering several practices which can be 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 Jui-Jitsu, Japan has Karate, Thailand has Muay Thai, France has SavateSavate Defense Advance Techniques, and China has Shaolin.  Keep in mind that each style will vary in techniques and what it has to offer you.

Although many people think of martial arts as being just for self defense purposes, this isn't always the case. Martial arts are used in tournaments and competitions as well, 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 prove themselves and their knowledge.

Martial Arts SenseiIn 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’ll quickly start to develop a much better state of mind.  No matter what style of martial art you study, the instructors will drill self control into your head.  

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

Over the last decade, there have been a lot of mainstream competitions that showcase martial arts, such as Extreme FightingExtreme Fighting: The Ultimate Collection, King of the cage, and the most popular of all, the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). The UFC has come a long way over the last few years, creating interest from all around the world. It matches marital arts stylists from all over the world against each other, as they test their skills to see who is the better fighter.

With the UFC, however, a lot of people have gotten the wrong idea about martial arts. A particular martial art may be great to learn, but, though it works in the UFC, it doesn't always mean that it will protect you out on the street.

Karate for example, teaches blocking and striking, which is great, and which may be of use in a street fight, but, has little to no emphasis on grappling techniques...where many street fights wind up.

Once your opponent is in close, and has his hands on you, Karate really doesn't help as much as when he's at arm's length. With some distance between you and your opponent, however, Karate can be a very devastating self defense technique, although someone truly knowledgeable in street fighting techniques could possibly beat the crap out of a Karate expert.

No matter whatever else you think of it, martial arts can be an important life skill to learn, if you learn it for the right reasons. Each style will vary in technique and what it has to offer, which is why you should pick the best style for your needs and what you hope to accomplish. Martial arts can teach you a lot about self defense and yourself - all you have to do is give it a try.

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