Martial Arts - Modern World Overview • Martial arts are the tradition form of fighting practices now followed by people from across the world for multiple reasons i.e. Self-defense, Military skills, law enforcement activities, also as physical and mental fitness exercises. • There are various forms, styles and techniques of the Martial Arts that are widespread in this world. Boxing, Taekwondo, Karate, Muay Thai, Hapkido, Judo, Jujutsu, Wrestling, Kung Fu, MMA and many traditional ones which are known to their native people and specific regions of that country. • Martial art are based on two basic methodology i.e. Unarmed using punch, kicks, grappling, throwing, locks, holds, submissions & pinning techniques and the other one is Weapon based which includes Chinese & Japanese martial arts, fencing, stick combat and modern archery system.
Although the origin of these martial arts was to use for combat activities but modern world has transformed them for professions like bone-setting, religious sentiments i.e. empty mind, spiritualism oriented beliefs. • There are Chinese martial arts, Japanese martial art and Indian martial art from which many from of new combat techniques got their beginning. Judo, jujutsu, karate, kendo, fencing, Greco Roman wrestling, Boxing, Kickboxing are some of the names associated with these ancient techniques of modern fighting. • Taekwondo also stands as one of the popular Korean martial art technique originated from the styles of Karate and Chinese martial arts involving spinning kicks, head-height kicks, jumping and fast kicking techniques.
MARTIAL ARTS EQUIPMENT • In modern world these games are enjoyed with special protective gear for avoiding real-time damage from these hard hitting punches and kicks. Breaking boards, Wooden Dummy, punching bags, boxing gloves, head gear, lower guard, shin protector, Forearm protection in multiple sizes for men and women are available
MARTIAL ARTS AS MODERN SPORTS • After thousands of people started plasticising these martial art techniques as skills in the real world, competition and games are played across world. Their popularity can be accessed from the fact that in all Olympics they are continuously included among the top games of the world. • Fencing, Judo, Taekwondo, Archery, Boxing, Javelin and wrestling are part of almost every Olympics while few new games like Wushu, Kickboxing, Jiu-Jitsu, Ultimate Fighting Championship (U.S.), and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) are enjoyed by viewers across the world.
Modern military uses also these martial art techniques within their training programs. Especially for hand-to-hand combat they are perfectly match skills for soldiers to train with. Counting on their combative skills and expertise there are separate individual section (part) of the Military based on these techniques. Practicing martial arts skills daily will boost your physical fitness for strength and stamina.