Which Martial Art Is Right For You? A Comparison Of Three Very Different Practices

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Blog, Recreation & Sports

If you’ve been thinking about taking up a martial arts practice, you may be overwhelmed by all the different styles of martial arts being taught today. Virtually all of them are a great workout and will challenge both your body and your mind. Here’s a look at three distinctly different types of martial arts that might help you narrow down your choice. Kobudo Kobudo is an Okinawan martial arts form that uses weaponry. Some of the weapons used include sticks of different lengths clubs spears sickles The roots of kobudo are shrouded in old tales from the last days of the Samurai. Some stories say that kobudo was developed by Okinawan peasants trying to defend themselves with farm tools against the Samurai who were trying to take over their island. Others say that warrior castes also used similar implements and techniques in their fighting. Kobudo is not as prevalent in the US as many other martial arts styles. It’s not a money-making enterprise for most instructors, because like fencing, only a few groups can practice on the floor at any one time in most average-size facilities. It is particularly strenuous, in that you must practice martial arts moves with the added weight of a weapon. Some people argue that kobudo is an outmoded technique, as people don’t fight with weapons any longer. However, the techniques from kobudo can be applied to virtually any “weapon,” such as boots, handbags, brooms, or fire pokers, and the ability to put distance between yourself and an opponent makes it a good self-defense technique for women. For more information, contact Tanaka’s Martial Arts Academy or a similar location. Tae Kwon Do Tae kwon do was developed during the Japanese occupation of Korea in the 1940s. Most schools in the US now use a belt system of ranking, like karate, although there is less open hand work than karate with tae kwon do. The emphasis in this extremely popular Korean martial art is on punches and jumping and spinning kicks. Practitioners of tae kwon do learn to spar as well as to practice forms–choreographed sequences that can be put into muscle memory in the event of an actual fight. Tae kwon do is a great martial arts option for kids and teens, as it places strict adherence on discipline, etiquette, and self-confidence. People of all ages appreciate its well-rounded workout potential, developing strength, flexibility, breathing control, and mental acuity. Classes often begin and end with a brief meditation, and there are tournaments across the country year-round where athletes can test their skills, right up to the Olympic level. Aikido Aikido is very different from other martial arts in that practitioners try to preserve the well being of their attackers during a bout. Rather than focusing on kicks and punches (although these are part of the technique), aikido uses mostly grappling and throws. An awareness of...

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