Monday, 19 May 2014

How Did Martial Arts First Begin?

Welcome back my fellow learners. Today we are going to talk about the history of martial arts.
Most people think Asia first started this art, however, it is not necessarily the place that started all of the different martial arts seen today. But, the likes of Kung Fu, Hwa Rang Do and Karate did actually come from this part of the world.

We have all watched the old martial arts movies, and who has not heard of the legendary Bruce Lee, undeniably the king of all martial art techniques. However, due to the woefully sad records of martial arts, it is extremely hard to pin point who or what first started this off. Many myths and legends hint at it, but nothing can be proved.

In 2600BC, the Chinese Emperor Huang Di was known to be a great shui jiao and pole fighting expert, and made sure all his troops were to.

Ever since the dawn of time, each culture has developed their own fighting skills, usually out of necessity.

In 770BC the tribesmen of Mongolia first introduced the Chinese method of skull bashing, to be followed closely by the Koreans and Japanese. This was known as shang pu in China, and tae sang bak in Korea.

However, over the centuries this art form has been bastardised to suit different cultures. Some of the techniques used take many years to master. But true martial arts is not just for for fighting. Mastering any form of self defence could mean being able to block your opponent rather than striking him.

Other martial art forms also introduce the use of weapons, such as Samouri swords, or nunchucks.

I watched a documentary the other day on Bruce Lee showing his skills with nunchucks, however, he was not using them on an opponent, he was actually playing against the ping pong ball world champion. I have to say I was impressed Bruce blew him away. Even at one time playing against not just one but two opponents.

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