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Respect The History of Martial Arts

Nov 16, 2007
There are millions of people all across the world who practice martial arts. Some are masters of the arts while others are first-time students, but one thing that all martial arts pupils share is a respect for its history. This is because they respect how spiritual and sacred all forms of martial arts are.

The history of martial arts goes back thousands of years. Its history is one that is full of various different martial art styles and techniques, one in particular being Tai Chi Chuan.

One of The Oldest - Tai Chi Chuan

Better known in its short forms, Tai Chi, or Chinese boxing, it is one of the most ancient, historical, and distinctive Chinese forms of martial arts. This art focuses on the importance of breathing techniques and non-aggressive self defense techniques. Its masters can effortlessly fend off attackers by using graceful movements that redirect the energy or force of the attacker. But be aware it takes years to master just the breathing techniques of Tai Chi.

Tai Chi is specifically designed to provide relaxation in the process of body conditioning exercise, which teaches its students the mental power and peace of meditation. This is why Tai Chi differs so greatly from so many of the other martial art forms.

Any history lesson in martial arts needs to include Tai Chi because it was one of the very first art forms to be accepted and practiced worldwide. It closely resembles kung fu in that it may be used with or without weapons.

Kung Fu

When talking about the history of martial arts one can also not forget kung fu, a martial art that focuses on exercise and a spiritual transcending. The various different movements that are employed in this martial art form are mostly imitations of the fighting styles of animals, and have such names as:
* Dragon
* Horse
* Snake

Kung Fu is spectacular to watch in action. If you ever get a chance go watch a sparring tournament.

Karate is another of the martial art forms that needs to be included in the history of self-defense arts, and karate can be considered as a form of self defense, a form of physical fitness, or even a way of life. It is one of the most commonly practiced self defense tactics in the world, and there are basically three main components that are included in typical karate training, which are:
* Kihon
* Kata
* Kumite

Karate classes can be great for kids and adults alike who are interested in getting in shape, learning discipline and respect. If you have that competitive edge you can also enter sparring tournaments to test your skill against other karate students.

Regardless of which particular martial art form you are interested in practicing, the most important thing is that you understand the history behind martial arts in general, so that you can truly understand and respect the dynamics of the many ancient forms of martial arts. It will also give you an idea as to which art you would like to pursue next and why.
About the Author
Self-defense classes are great for kids and your fitness, but as Madison Greene knows first hand, those techniques are no match for a viscous street criminal who is intent on robbing, raping, or murdering you. If you would like to be introduced to techniques that are easy to learn that can actually protect you in the real world visit: www.HardcoreFightingSecrets.com
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