Hello friends! Today, I am going to talk about Martial Arts. Whenever any person hears this word, the only thing that comes to his/her mind is “Fight”. I am going to share with you the real meaning of Martial Arts and the different styles of it as well.
Martial Arts is a combat practice for self-defense as well as for mental and spiritual development. Now the question would arise that it is useful for self-defense but how is it related to mental and spiritual development? The answer to this question will be discussed in this article later on.
The word ‘Martial Arts’ is derived from Latin and it means “arts of Mars“, ‘The Roman God Of War’. The founder of earliest martial arts is Emperor Huangdi of the Xia dynasty and he founded it about 4000 years ago. But at that time it was known only in China and not anywhere else. Later on, Buddhism was spread in China from India and Bodhidharma introduced the traditional Martial Arts to the world.
Bodhidharma tried to teach the people of India about Martial Arts, Ayurvedic Medicines as well as about the spiritual meaning of life. But the people were least concerned to know about it. So, he left India and visited China. He started the same process of teaching there and he got a very good response over there. People were eager to know about it. And that laid the foundation of different styles of Martial Arts in China. The most famous of them is Shaolin Kung-Fu. In today’s world, people don’t even remember the name of Bodhidharma in India or any other countries except for China. The people of China worship Bodhidharma.
This was all about History. Now let us talk about the current growth of Martial Arts and its different styles.
Martial Arts can be divided into many different styles. There are different styles in each and every country. Here’s a list of the styles which are well-known.
- Kung Fu
- American Karate
- Wing Chun
- Krav Maga
- Kick Boxing
There are many more of them. I am going to talk about a few of them.
It is a style developed in China. The meaning of the word ‘Kung-Fu’ is ‘Work Practice’. The word itself defines that any work requires practice. In China, “Shaolin” is considered to be the homeplace for Kung-Fu. It became more famous after the movies of Bruce Lee. He is the founder of “Jeet Kune Do”. Bruce Lee is recognized as a legend in the history of Kung-Fu due to his practice and speed.
It is a style developed in Japan. The meaning of the word ‘Karate’ is ‘System of unarmed combat using hands and feet’. It is very well-known in Japan but now it is getting accepted everywhere as a sport. There are many different practices in karate like Kihon, Kata, Kumite, etc.
It is a style developed in Korea. The meaning of the word ‘Taekwondo’ is ‘The way of the foot and the fist’. Taekwondo is well-known for its different types of kicks as well the speed in them. There are many sub-types in Taekwondo also. It has been accepted as a sport at world level.
It is another style developed in Japan. The meaning of the word ‘Judo’ is ‘Gentle way’. Judo is all about the techniques of throwing, grappling and striking. This style has some locks for self-defense while some fatal ones which could result to the death of the other person.
- Krav Maga:-
It is a style developed in Israel. The meaning of the word ‘Krav Maga’ is ‘Contact Combat’. It is a combination of techniques from karate, aikido, boxing, wrestling and judo. It’s attacks are mostly on the vulnerable parts of the body which could injure severely or even get the opponent dead.
This was all about few styles of Martial Arts. Now I will tell you about its mental and spiritual benefits.
Martial Arts is not all about self-defense and fight. It helps a person to develop mentally as well as spiritually. When a person is dedicated to this art, he/she could learn a lot from it. Martial Arts increases a person’s concentration power, determination, thinking power, decision-making ability, spontaneous reactions and much more. It helps a person to heal mentally by inculcating these habits and developing them.
Martial Arts helps a person to remain fit without the need of any gym. The body shape and the structure could be well maintained if a person is active Martial Artist.
Meditation is the best method for spirituality. But, a child won’t sit for even few minutes for meditation. Martial Arts is a kind of meditation in itself. It is a type of meditation which could be achieved by a 12-year-old kid as well as a 60 years old grown-up. It grants a person with inner peace. Martial Arts is not all about violence. It is about avoiding a fight and not about creating a fight.
Martial Arts has developed a lot over the time. It is well-known in every part of the world. Some styles of Martial Arts like Judo, Karate, Kickboxing and Taekwondo have been accepted by the Olympics as sports. There are competitions held with fair rules. People take part in it enthusiastically. People are getting attracted towards it as it has been developing at a very good rate in the world when seen from all aspects. Nowadays, there are schools which teach martial arts at many places.
This was all about Martial Arts.
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