March 08, 2017

Different Kinds of Martial Arts and Their Origin

Being a martial artist student, you are probably well-versed about the different types of martial arts and their differences from each other. Karate, Kung Fu, Judo, Krav Maga, Ninjuitsu – we’re pretty sure you’re familiar with this.

But how about the origin of these well-known martial art?

Now, if you are interested of learning another martial art, it is important to take note as well of its origin and history. In this article, we’ve compiled four martial art styles and their history:

Kung Fu - China

Kung Fu is often referred to as the Grandfather of hand-to-hand fighting. It  has been practiced for centuries now in China - its land of origin. Deployed by Chinese warriors as a form of attack as well as self-defense,  Kung Fu is the general term used for Chinese martial arts. As history tells us, Monks are renowned practitioners of Kung Fu; they have succeeded into shaping their bodies and minds into lethal tools of war – with or without weapons.

Krav Maga - Israel

Krav Maga’s unofficial slogan is “Hurt them real bad and then get away”. By simply judging that, you can already conclude that this martial art is simply a dangerous form of combat. Developed by the Israeli Defense Force, the sole intention of creating this martial art is to be able to inflict much pain as quickly as possible to your opponent.

And by the way, Krav Maga is a non-sport form of martial arts, which means that it certainly does not concern itself with your opponent's well-being.

Eskrima – Philippines

Also known as Kali or Arnis, the Eskrima is the Philippines's national martial art technique. This style emphasizes weapon-based fighting which usually uses bladed weapons, knives, and sticks. Generally, it was the Spaniards who have influenced the Filipinos with this martial art style during their 300-year regime in the island country.

Ninjutsu - Japan

If you're familiar with the term "ninja," then you are most likely familiar with ninjutsu as well. It is one of the most popular martial arts and has been numerously featured in films. Back in the time of feudal Japan, this martial art style uses unconventional warfare and weapons.

Which of these four martial art style interests you the most?