Any martial art is physical exercise, endurance training and spiritual development. In addition, this is what will always be at hand in case of a dangerous life situation – as professional photographers say, the best camera is the one that you now have with you. So, you decided to start practicing martial arts, but do not know which direction to choose?
To begin with, the best school is one that suits you personally, your physical fitness and your vision of yourself in martial arts. You can succeed in any of them, if you wish – but here, for mastering the summits of sumo asthenics, for example, you will have to spend more time. After all, martial arts are the same training, only with shock or throwing technique.
Different areas of martial arts develop different qualities and even muscle groups. Some of them teach to use the opponent’s energy, others are aimed at practicing powerful blows with their hands, still others are kicked, others will build stamina or develop jumping ability.
In some ways, martial arts are reminiscent of yoga: in them you can find your own spiritual path, but you can only take equipment and learn to stand up for yourself. Below is a description of the most popular types of martial arts, which will help you determine the choice of school.
This martial arts is suitable for those who want to learn self-defense techniques. Jujitsu accentuates the fighter’s skills on the ability to defend himself, to free himself from captures, to use tactics not to attack, but to use the enemy’s strength in their interests.
Kicks and hands are present, but the equipment does not slide into hand-to-hand combat. The main thing here is the efficient use of energy (one’s own and another’s), which allows one to triumph over a larger and stronger opponent. Jiu-Jitsu is not an aggressive species, this martial art pumps skill and dexterity.
This Korean martial arts is so popular that in 1988 it was included in the program of the Olympic Games. Translation of the name into Russian: “the path of the arms and legs”, which clearly hints at the upcoming development of the art of striking with all limbs. Taekwondo combines the techniques of combat attack and self-defense, in addition, these are exercises, an official sport, meditative techniques and a whole eastern philosophy.
In the current state of taekwondo, the emphasis is on defense and control. The emphasis is placed on kicks from the rack, as feet can get further and inflict more damage than hands. In the martial arts technique – various sweeps, painful holding techniques, open palm punches and grips.
One of the youngest martial arts in Japan. Like many martial arts of the Land of the Rising Sun, Aikido incorporates physical and spiritual practices. It is effective also in the quality of developing strength, dexterity, the ability to stand up for oneself – regardless of physical data. Aikido is an art of protection for everyone, because there are no restrictions on age and physical development.
Aikido techniques for the most part consist in using the opponent’s attack, controlling his energy, strength and movement, which end with throws or captures. This also reflects the name itself: “aiki” means “connection with power”, “do” means the path.
A very entertaining sport with full contact. In this Chinese martial art there is a lot of strength, acrobatics, jumping, balancing, beautiful poses and strokes (as in a movie). Another name is kung fu, since the term “wushu” itself means all traditional Chinese martial arts.
There are hundreds of Wushu subspecies, somewhere more than acrobatics and “stage mastery”, somewhere – powerful blows and tricks, hooks and “turntables”. The main thing you need to know before making a choice in favor of this martial art is that Wushu develops strength well, and the styles of conducting a duel.
Translated from Japanese – “soft (flexible) way.” Judo is based on throws, painful moves, and strangulation. Movements should be economical in physical strength, there is less waste of energy, but more improvement in the spirit, more self-defense, more sports training. More than 20 million people are engaged in judo all over the world, since it is of a good educational nature and teaches harmony of body and soul.
Unlike boxing, karate, and other percussion styles, judo explores hand-to-hand combat techniques only for performing throws and grabs. This martial arts formed the basis of other modern martial arts: the creators of aikido, sambo, Brazilian jiu-jitsu were engaged in it.
Despite the sports orientation and following the rules of the competition, no one would want to meet with a judoka in an extreme situation. These are always trained people who will fight back any villain in the dark alley.
Sambo is a system of self-defense without weapons, which was developed in the USSR. Judo, Armenian Koch, Tatar Kuresh and many other martial arts formed the basis of martial arts.
Practical Sambo is based on a complex of effective defense and attack techniques that have already been tested by centuries of martial arts donors. It is noteworthy that Sambo is constantly evolving, including new techniques and techniques in the arsenal. The philosophy of martial arts resembles the principles of the TRP: physical development, readiness for self-defense, detention of the enemy, and education of moral stamina.
Or karate-do, translated from Japanese – “empty sleeve”. From 2020, martial arts will become an Olympic sport, although initially it was a hand-to-hand style for self-defense.
Now karate is incredibly popular, in particular, thanks to spectacular demonstrations. Masters at demonstrations show the strength and power of the punches, breaking thick boards with a palm stroke or cracking blocks of ice.
Unlike many Japanese martial arts, karatekas do not use captures, painful and suffocating techniques. But they are able to hit the opponent in vital points of the body with accurate and powerful blows. Crushing and biting Uraken, spectacular and fast-moving ura-mavashi-geri … Perhaps, there is no more Japanese style.
Boxing is a classic about which it makes no sense to talk in detail. It is worth mentioning only that this sport prepares fighters who REALLY know how to work with their hands, and it is difficult to compete with them in a street fight. By the way, everyone remembers the duel of UFC star Conor McGregor with professional boxer Mayweather? That’s the same.
If you want to enroll in the boxing section, you should know about some of the nuances. Firstly, it is difficult for a boxer to cope with an armed opponent, and secondly, with kicks. The third point – in an extreme situation, you will not have gloves, a referee, ropes or a girl with a sign. On the other hand, dodge the blows and knock out the boxers in the blood, so that the attack and defense are balanced.
Muay Thai is the martial art of Thailand, it is very popular around the world and competes with karate, judo and sambo. Perhaps this is the art of fighting closest to a real duel. There are strict rules, but the punches are the same. Here is full contact, shock technique with arms and legs, and targets are the most vulnerable spots on the body.
Grips and throws are also important, especially asphyxiation. If you master this martial art, you can confidently walk around the most dangerous areas of the city (but it’s better not to do it anyway), because the training will be harsh. Thais are preparing real fighters without rules that can withstand any opponent.
It may be difficult for you to combine training and public speaking at work, as sometimes you will have bruises on your face and traces of grip on your neck.
Another type of martial arts, which prepares for real fights. Kickboxing was formed by karate masters who did not want to obey the sports rules of martial arts. The new style incorporates the kick technique from several eastern directions and the boxing fist technique.
Kickboxing is popular in culture because it is spectacular, dynamic and has some kind of “bloodiness” – full contact leaves dissections and hematomas, therefore athletes usually use a mouth guard, helmet (to protect the head from being kicked) and an inguinal shell (for girls, a cuirass).
Kickboxers are similar to crossfighters because they pump strength, stamina, coordination, speed and flexibility.
Professional boxers, Muaytays, judokas, sambo wrestlers are always dangerous rivals. Choose a martial arts to your liking, but do not forget: the best fight is the one that did not take place. In this sense, running can also be called martial arts for real pacifists.
Well? Which of these areas did you like? Maybe it’s time to go for a trial training?