5 Things You Didn’t Know About Martial Arts

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Martial arts are a series of traditional combat practices embraced for many different reasons. It is practiced for health and fitness, for self-defence, for personal development and as a competitive sport. A martial art is more than just a sport, it is practiced to achieve long term mental, spiritual and physical development and it is a way of life. Although the sport is recognized throughout the world, there are some interesting and lesser known facts about martial arts – here are five of them.

  1. Martial Arts Develop the Mind
    A common misconception exists that martial arts are only about fighting. By taking part in this disciplined sport, strength of character is developed. Of course, it requires serious physical training and teaches students how to punch and kick, but, it also involves developing consciousness and morality. Respecting the opponent is essential in martial arts training and qualities like self-control and determination are developed in students. Advancement of imagination, observation and memory are natural by-products of practicing martial arts over time.
  2. The Origin of Army Hand-to-hand Combat as a Military Applied Sport
    Army hand-to-hand combat as a military applied sport, started in 1979 in Kaunas in Lithuania. It was created by physical preparation experts of the Soviet Army and includes elements of boxing, judo and wrestling. The first tournament was held on the 7th Guards Airborne Division troops’ sport base, and it has since grown to an annual event, as well as being included in the army basic training curriculum.
  3. Martial Arts Should not Only be Practiced in a Gym or Centre
    While most martial arts classes are offered in gyms or martial arts centres, the practical application of what is taught usually happens outside these areas. Self-defence, in particular is studied with the aim of providing defence against attack – something not likely to happen in a gym or centre. For this reason, it is recommended that students regularly practice in other environments.
  4. Most Martial Arts Dedicate Large Sections to Self Defence
    Many different types of martial arts are geared towards self defence. The Russian martial art called sambo is an acronym in Russian, literally translated to: “self-defence without weapons” A series of fast and accurate strikes, kicks or punches, is recommended along with continued training in the chosen field. A few classes in a martial art is simply not adequate to equip somebody for successful self-defence.
  5. Martial Arts are not Just Asian
    Despite the erroneous belief that martial arts are the fighting styles used in eastern Asia, it was actually used in Europe as early as the 14th century. The term “martial arts” is said to be derived from “arts of Mars” – Mars being the Roman god of war. Many countries across the world have their own martial arts. In Bolivia there is tinku and in Russia, army hand-to-hand fight, sambo and systema are practiced. Brazil has martial arts like capoeira and Brazilian jiu-jitsu while South Africa has a bare-knuckle boxing martial art called musangwe.

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