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The term martial arts refers to all
of the various systems of training
for combat that have been
arranged or systematized.
Generally, these different systems
or styles are all designed for one
purpose: physically defeating
opponents and defending
against threats. In fact, the word
‘martial’ derives from the name
Mars, who was the Roman god
of war.


History of Martial Arts:

Ancient peoples of all types engaged in
fighting, war, and hunting. Thus,
each and every civilization
subscribed to a version of martial
arts or combat all their own. Still,
most people think of Asia when
they hear the term martial arts.
Along with this, around the year
600 BC trade between India and
China flourished. It is believed
that during this time information
regarding the Indian martial arts
was passed onto the Chinese and
vica versa.
According to legend, an Indian
monk named Bodhidharma
facilitated the transmission of
Chan (China) or Zen (Japan) to
China when he moved to
southern China. His teachings
lent a lot to martial arts
philosophies like humility and
restraint that continue even
today. In fact, some have credited
Bodhidharma with the initiation
of Shaolin martial arts, though
this assertion has been
discredited by many.

Types of Martial Arts:

Generally martial arts can be broken down
into five distinct categories:
Stand-up or striking styles,
grappling styles, low impact
styles, weapons based styles, and
MMA (A Hybrid Sports Style).
Along with this, the emergence
of MMA has caused quite a bit of
mixing of styles in recent years to
the point that a lot of dojos don't
look quite the same as they used
to. Regardless, below are some
of the more well-known styles.

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