Martial Arts have been around since there was a need for conflict resolution
. The study of conflict and how to gain the best advantage from conflict are the basic building blocks of Martial Arts.
There are several schools of martial arts, each with it's own flavor and character. Some examples;
This martial art was originally designed for unarmed
peasants to take on fully armoured
soldiers. Strikes are linear and extremely strong, as practicioners were not expected to get a second hit.
Literally translated as the soft way
, Judo is best known for it's throws and joint locks. Originally based on Ju Jitsu
, Judo is now an Olympic
Inspired by Samurai
in Japan as the combat art of last resort after being disarmed. This art promotes harmony
between you and your opponent, and almost all moves are reactions to attack.
In it's many forms, boxing is probably the most universal martial art. Many cultures consider fighting on the ground to be uncivilised, so boxing emphasizes punching.
Masked as a dance, Capoera was a martial art taught between slaves in Brazil. Because the hands were almost always shackled, Capoera uses wide sweeping kicks and handstands.
A martial art mostly praticed by Americans
There are many other forms of martial arts.