Martial Arts

Written by Sierra Rein
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Martial arts have been around for thousands of years and are usually associated with one-on-one fighting war skills arising out of the Asian continent. While many people enjoy the defensive qualities of a martial art, others depend on the emotional and mental challenges involved to strengthen their spiritual core. There are many different types of martial arts styles to choose from, depending on the age, expertise and personal goals of the individual.

The most popular martial arts include recognizable names such as Karate, Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do and Tai Chi. Other, more specialized styles can include, but are not limited to, Aikido, Jujitsu, Judo and Hapkido. Some are built around weaponry and sword work, while others concentrate on simple hand-to-hand combat.

Choosing a martial arts style may depend on a number of different issues. Younger students may enjoy simple hand and feet techniques that can build upon their young, flexible bodies. Older generations will enjoy learning throwing moves and weaponry training. Elderly people up to age 110 can build strength and bone density through meditational arts like Tai Chi.

Martial Arts as Street Defense Techniques?

One mistake which many students of martial arts often make is that they think their techniques can defend themselves against street attackers. However, because a lot of martial art schooling teaches form and structure over real-life street fighting situations, oftentimes martial arts students will find themselves outmatched in an "informal" fight. Supplementing their schooling with alternative street fighting techniques is often a great, real life idea.

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