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The Martial Arts Meaning

Martial Arts are primary fighting systems with different techniques taught for different application areas and they even include other aspects like health, spirituality or just entertainment.

Martial Arts intensive Combat Sport

With these kind of martial art styles, you can prepare yourself for the competition with exciting tournaments and the focus of comparison on each other with exact rules and legitimations. There are restrictions what each combat sport brings with it and not all techniques are allowed. You’re not allowed for example to hit all areas of your opponent’s body in order to prevent killing or injuring each other. In the combat sport sanda, there are different legitimations and rules like weight classes, time legitimations, areas and techniques that don’t allow you to hit your opponent.You can say all combat sports were based originally on different martial arts but they were modified for the competition to make it more fair and balanced. So that’s why some martial arts types were alienated to sports.

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Martial Arts Combat System

Imagine there is a situation in real life, where you or your family’s life is in danger and you are threatened to getting hurt or killed. Here plays martial arts as a combat system for self-defense an important role. In this martial art form, you have no explicit rules, no tournaments and restricted areas to hit your opponent. It’s not based on fairness and competition, it’s based on what the origin situation or application was required for. It leads you to the most effective and short way to get out of danger, no matter if you have to hurt your attacker or not. For example, the martial art krav maga was not designed to create a new sport art for competition with rules, it was specially designed for the Israeli army for the battlefield and urban combat. Krav maga practitioners are taught to deal with surprise attacks and defeat their opponent in the fastest and most effective way no matter if your opponent gets hurt or not. And that’s an important fact, if you use some of these techniques without being in danger, you will definitely go in jail. In the nature of their being, there still aren’t any official tournaments and it’s not modified to sport yet.

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Martial Arts Health / Martial Arts spiritual Ways

Some martial art styles also include aspects especially for health. One of them is called Chakra.This one is often used by styles like kung fu where students are taught to completely learn to control their energy. They redefined their senses and put them to a higher level to break through the limit of human body performance with the help of their chakra.You can mention 7 important spinning wheels in your body which allows you to flow the energy from one to another wheel. The first wheel starts where the base of your spine is, following by the navel, solar plexus, the heart, throat, the third eye and the top of the head the crown. Achieving a balance between them will help you a lot being healthy and overall physically and mentally fit. If the chakra system is imbalanced, it can disturb your behavior, your emotions and the last but not least your health. The chakra points are about energy, innocence, creativity, peace, confidence and love, diplomacy, forgiveness and integration. In martial arts like tai chi, qi gong or kung fu you will learn a lot about maintaining a harmonic balance in your body simply by doing meditation in order to have a healthier life and relax your mind and soul.

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Martial Arts Qi, Ki, Chi

Another spiritually and healthy thing you will find in martial arts is qi or also called ki or chi. You can simply mention it as a life force. It exists in the space or simply around us as a electromagnetic power. We human have one of them are called the bio electromagnetic power. It is told that the difference is given in the bio electromagnetic power, a human being or a living cell can use energy. In many martial arts qi gong you will learn how to fuse the electromagnetic power from space into yours to achieve a tremendous power level. A simple fact these forms will teach you: While you’re thinking about one thing but trying to do something else, there surely won’t be a way for you to achieve greatness, because there won’t be any harmonization between your body and soul. The key is to learn focusing the energy around you to be successful. It is said, qi makes us who we are.

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Martial Arts Choreography

Picture yourself enjoying the enthusiastic applause the audience gives you while you are performing awesome martial art patterns and stunts. In this context, these are all choreographed martial art movements in the most spectacular way in a rehearsed form. It’s possible that include several martial art techniques like kicking, blocking, jumping, throwing and many more. You need great flexibility, accuracy and endurance to perform them on such a high level what some competitions requires for. It’s also used in films to give you the best looking and exciting experience that you wouldn’t get from a real fight without special effects and rehearsed choreography.

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Martial Arts Technique Categorys

If you want to categorize martial arts in a technical focus by subdivisions you can do this in several ways. You’ll find here subdevisions to easily focus on the martial arts techniques you prefere the most.

Martial Arts Body Parts

First you should know the different body parts in martial arts, with these you initiate several martial art techniques to hurt your opponent in different ways.
The most important ones are:

  1. Head Strike

    You can use either the front or the back of your head to strike your opponent in a fight. Headbutts can be very effective as well.

  2. Teeth Strike

    In a real-life situation when it comes to a street fight where you don’t have rules and you must struggle for your life, teeth can be also a dangerous weapon that you can use to hurt your opponent.

  3. Hand Strike

    In most martial art styles, you will use open or closed hands. That means either you have your hand closed to a fist to strike or just hit your enemy with opened hands in different ways.

  4. Elbow Strike

    The bones in the elbows are very strong as well, so you can do a lot of damage with them. It’s also perfect for defense for example, by hitting accidently with your fists on the enemys elbow without wearing gloves can even break your hand.

  5. Forearm Strike

    You can use forearms to strike you opponent in the face, throat or other sensual body parts. Or you simply use them to block or distract attacks.

  6. Knee Strike

    Same as the elbows, in the knees you have very strong bones, so that results in minimal risk for you and maximum danger for your opponent.

  7. Leg Strike

    Here you use your shin and thigh to hit your opponent with many different kicks.

  8. Feet Strike

    You either use your ball or the heel of your foot to hurt your enemy.

  9. Shoulders and Butt Strikes

    You can initiate attacks where you bump with your shoulders or butt to your opponent. Sounds weird but it can be a powerful attack as well.

The Martial Arts Stance

A good martial arts stance is the foundation of every martial arts type and describes a way of standing. It has the background that everything will start and end up with a stance. For example, you’ll always start your attack out of your stance and you’ll return back to it after finishing your attack. So, one key is to always keep your stance during your martial art movements. Be prepared at any time to execute your techniques in a most protected and efficient way. No matter if it is offensive or defensive in nature. A good stance brings you a lot of mobility.

Martial Arts Basic Stance

In the most common martial art stances your feet are shoulder width apart while your lead foot is flat on the ground pointing forward and your other foot is in the rear slightly angled. Mention that your rear foot isn’t flat on the ground but on your toes and ball. In this reason that you don’t stuck if you want to put more energy in your strike while twisting your hips and rear foot. With this martial art basic stance, you can react very fast and explosive, so your position should be relaxed with slightly bended knees. Your shoulders are faced to your opponent, your elbows tucked on your sides while your hands are up and your chin is tucked to protect your ribs and face.

Martial Arts Stance

Martial Arts Footwork (basic)

The footwork is important for you to escape devastating attacks from your enemy and to bring him to move or to strike. You can measure how his movements will works and to get to know his weak points. You need your footwork in martial arts as well to go in and out to different fighting ranges to neutralize or start attacks strikes. You have 2 basic footwork techniques, which are called  “the step and slide” and “the pivoting or shuffle”. With the first one you can move to the right, to the left, to the front and to the back. With the second one you move to the left or to the right but in a 45 degree angle to around your opponent.

Step and Slide Footwork

It’s important to hold your stance while you are moving, to keep all the advantages you get. For example, by the step and slide forward, step forward with your lead foot and then slide the rear foot to your front and put it in the same way on the ground your stance was. That means your lead foot is flat on the ground and your rear foot isn’t flat like the lead one but he’s on the toes. A good practice for stability is to distribute your weight to the rear one as you take a step forward and to distribute your weight forward as you take a step backward for maximum stability. By the step and slide to the left and right you distribute your weight on the rear foot, make a step to the side and slide your rear foot to the other.

Pivoting Footwork

Distribute your weight on your lead foot and pivot your rear foot in a 90° angle forward. It will help you to keep your opponent in your focus when he moves while you don’t go back or forward.

Martial Arts Fight Distance

This section describes you the different spaces during the fight between you and your enemy while hitting each other. Usually you’re in motion during the fight so the fighting range could be changed every second, so you should know how to get in and out of the different fighting ranges to stay protected and always be ready to execute your martial art techniques. You realize this with the different footwork mentioned above. There are 4 common fighting ranges you should know.

Long Fighting Range

That is the maximum space where you still able to reach your opponent with kicks but too far away to throw punches against him.

Medium Fighting Range

In this range, you will primary try to throw punches against your opponent but you’re still able to kick. While kicking there is a danger to get be hit by a punch, so you always have to be on guard.

Close Fighting Range

In this range, you’re close enough to attack your opponent with body parts or techniques that need short space. For example, the knees, elbows and the head. You can pretty good initiate take downs, throws, clinching and other grappling techniques.

Very Close Fighting Range

Usually you are rolling in this fighting range on the ground and try to overcome your opponent to disable or to force him to submit. You can use here grappling techniques like submissions, chokes etc. They work pretty good in this range.

Martial Arts Basic Strikes

These are physical attacks to hurt your enemy. The explanation of the strikes from here are following the most common and practiced martial art basic stance where your lead foot and arm are the left ones in the front and you rear the right ones in the back. If your stance is reversed you must execute these martial art techniques just in a reversed way. You can execute the strikes in a low, middle and in a high section as well. The only difference by the lower variant is to bend your knees quite more to get in a lower position to hit and to aim for example above the waist for the middle section, the rest are following the same principles.

Martial Arts Punches (Basics)

Here you’ll strike with your arms or hands to attack your enemy. These were typically used from close fighting range to medium fighting range. In long fighting range, you’re safe from these kinds of attacks due the big space between you and your opponent. There are two main punching techniques, you can either strike with open or with closed hands. With open hands, you can strike with your palm, with the backside of your hand, with the side of your palm (that part between your little finger and wrist) what is called “the knife hand” and with “the spear hand” what means that you strike with the tips of your fingers against sensual body parts like the eyes and the throat like to stabbing a speer into those parts. With closed hands, you can strike with your closed fist, with “the hammer fist” which means the bottom of your fist and with the extended knuckles where you put one knuckle of your fist forward to blow directly with your knuckle in the target area. That are often used to hit pressure points for example. Pressure points are small extreme painful and sensual points where you can hit your enemy, this punching technique fits perfect for those points.

Jab Punch

It’s a very fast but not the most powerful martial art punch. With the jab you can define range, open the defense of your enemy and bring him to react. You start to rotate during the motion your lead foot and hips as much as you can while you fully extend your lead arm and shoulder to hit your target. This will help you to put maximum weight and energy in your strike. Your elbow shouldn’t hang too much to the ground during your movement, otherwise you can’t transfer the maximum power you could. Instead of doing this, you should fully extend your arm and draw a proper straight line and mark a target behind your opponent to create a breakthrough punch witch maximum power. Be sure to quickly pull the arm back in your position how it was, to keep your guard up and to stay protected.

Martial Arts Jab Punch
Martial Arts Cross Punch

Cross Punch

It’s not as fast as the jab punch but it is one of these punches with a good combination of power and speed if it is used correctly. You start in your martial art basic stance and begin to rotate your hips and rear foot while you fully extend your rear arm and shoulder, to hit the target. With this practice, you shift as much weight as possible in your punch during the motion. With the cross punch, you have much more body rotation then in other punches because you start from your rear foot and have a longer way to rotate your hips and legs during the motion. This will help you to put a lot more power and energy in it, as you could with the jab punch for example. Have in mind to quickly return to your basic stance to keep your protection alive.

Hook Punch

The hook punch has a short range but it’s on of the devastating punches with a lot of power. It’s a good practice to use it while you go in or out of the close fighting range or while your enemy tries to attack you with a straight punch. You can go quickly in the close fighting range and hit him with a hook punch. As all other martial art punches and kicks you are starting from the basic stance and begin to rotate your hips and rear foot while you initiate your hook punch. It’s like a swing with your arm from outside on shoulder height, while your palms should be faced inward and your knuckles are outward.

Martial Arts Uppercut Punch

Uppercut Punch

You can use the uppercut punch really good in a short fighting range as an unexpected punch on the chin, if your opponent is leaning to much forward and has a lack in his defense. You’re starting from your basic stance and slightly bend your knees and assistant your punch with a slightly springy upward motion with your rear foot. For maximum energy, your knuckles of your hand are pointing upward and your palm is rotated inward faced to you. It’s like an upward power lift with your knees and fist.

Martial Arts Kicks (Basics)

Here you will strike with your legs, foot, heels, thighs or knees to attack your enemy. These were typically used from medium to long range. Kicks are used to bring in distance between you and your opponent, to block kicks, to do long range attacks or even to do close knee strikes. Kicks play a significant role in many martial arts. Martial Arts kicks can be used as an art as well. But that can be dangerous in real life situations. Martial arts kicks like in taekwondo can be too much time taking, which is not very safe. There are common basic and advanced kicks. There is a front push kick, as the name says you have to stretch out your leg while attacking your opponent to bring in a distance between you and him. The second one is the roundhouse kick. You will use the momentum, swing your stronger leg from one to another side in order to attack your enemy to the thighs, ribs or if you want to be dirty the knees to strike. Martial art kicks like these will be used to disbalance your opponent.

Rear Roundhouse Kick

Start in your martial art basic stance and raise your rear knee to the height you want to execute your kick and fully extend your leg to hit your enemy with the upper part of your foot until the shin. During this movement, you have to rotate your hips and lead foot as much as possible to the left outside while you’re kicking to get the typical round house rotation. It’s a little bit like a 180-degree rotation from outside while you’re striking. The easiest way is to hit a target below the waist because a higher target needs more time, flexibility and balance to hit them. The roundhouse kick is one of the strongest martial arts kicks. You’re starting from the rear foot so you have a longer way where you can rotate your hips and foot to shift more weight and energy in your strike.

You can practice the roundhouse kick also with the lead foot, it’s faster than the rear one but not so powerful. This will follow the main principles just in a reversed way where you kick with the lead foot and your rear one pivots during the move.

Martial Arts Round House Kick
Martial Arts Front Kick

Lead Front Kick

You start in your martial arts basic stance and raise your knee above your waist and fully extend your leg straight ahead to kick your opponent with your palm of your foot. That’s a very fast kick to push you opponent away from you or quickly stop him from a long range before he can start his attack. A front kick on your knees is highly dangerous and the most devastating martial arts kick. That is the reason why this martial art kick is forbidden in any combat sport. You can cause high damage on the knee and may quickly end up a fight very fast. Other common target areas are the solar plexus, the thighs and the stomach. Like the roundhouse kick you can practice the front kick with the rear foot as well. This will result in more power but it will also take longer time to execute the kick.

Rear oblique Kick

You’re starting to kick with your rear leg and during this you have to rotate your foot to the left outside so your instep is faced to your opponent. You hit usually either with the ball or with the heel of your feet in an oblique angle. It’s very simple to use although a powerful and fast kick you can use.

Martial Arts Knee Strike

Rear Knee Kick

You usually use this martial arts kick in short fighting range in a clinch when your opponent is holding you with his arms. You raise up your rear knee and move it quickly and explosive forward straight into your opponent. Usually you try to hit your enemy in the groin, stomach and everything above the waist. The same principles will follow the lead knee kick just in a reversed way where you lead leg execute the kick and your rear one support the front one. You can put more power in the kick with the rear knee as with the lead knee because you’re starting from the rear leg and have a longer movement where you can shift your weight and power in the kick. The lead knee kick will have not the same power as the rear knee kick but it will be much faster because of the shorter distance.

Foot Stomp

As the name suggesting, you simply raise up your knee and quickly stomp with the heel of your foot on your opponent’s toes. It’s a easy technique to practice but it’s extreme painful and brutal as well.

Martial Arts Basic Defense (basic)

Only strong strikes without a good martial arts defense will not bring you the victory. When you fight against a strong enemy who mastered both aspects, the offensive and defensive aspect, it can be very crucial for you to lose a fight without a good defense. It’s not only about avoiding attacks but also to be prepared to use counter attacks in a good timing.

Outside Parry for a Punch

Here you redirect punches always from the outside with your opposite arm of the opponent. For example, if your opponent tries to attack you with a straight punch, thrown with his left arm, you will quickly redirect him with your right arm from outside. You need not much force for this at all and it could be dangerous for you as well. Mention if you put too much strength in the outside parry you’ll need also more time to return your arm back in position, in this time while your enemy quickly can redirect his punch to strike you a second time and hit you in the face.

Cross Parry for a punch

That’s the reversed way from the outside parry. You won’t redirect the punch from your opponent with your opposite arm but with the same arm as he attacks you, thats the cross parry. That means if he tries to hit you with his left arm, you will also redirect him with your left arm, so in the nature of the movement your redirecting will automatically come from the inside. It has the advantage that you are more in his offensive range and closer to starting a devastating counter attack with your elbow or backhand against him. The disadvantage would be, if you go in there and redirect him with your left hand for example, your guard on your left side will be open as well. Your enemy could attack you quickly with his right arm which you can’t block in this moment.

Inside Parry for a Punch

It’s the same as the outside parry but with the only different you block from the inside similar like the cross parry but you use your opposite arm where the attack comes from. So, you have to block the upcoming left punch from your enemy with your right arm. At the same time you can quickly go in and throw a punch with your left arm against him.

High Hook Block

With this you can cover the weak points of the head with your elbows and forearms to protect your ears and face if you were hitten by a hook. You put your hand to the back of your head, your forearm is beside your head and covers your ear and the side of your head. Your elbow is in front of your face and pointing down on the height of your nose and chin. Everybody can cover his head with his forearm and elbow in this way, it’s very easy to use but a really effective self-defense technique. If your opponent throws a punch without gloves directly against your elbows it could break his hand because the bones in your elbows are very strong. Your forearms can absorb an incoming force much better than your ears can.

Martial Arts Body Shift

That means you quickly shift your upper body in a certain direction to avoid an attack. If you get an incoming left punch from your opponent for example, you put your weight on your lead foot and rotate your hips and shoulders to the right and backwards that your upper body will be rotated to the right side. The punch should go in the empty space beside you, that was created with the backward shift. It’s a very natural motion but it needs a lot of practice. Do not compromise yourself to be to slow or because of a bad timing. The left defense of your enemy is at this time open and know you could start an attack by your own. You can use it also to put the weight on your rear foot and shift your whole upper body backward against an attack who comes straight ahead against you. You’re still in your martial arts basic stance but the attack fails in the empty space in front of you because your upper body is leaned back. This works only if the attack can be avoided with create a little space, if it needs more space you have to use another technique like the body slide.

Martial Arts Body Slide

With this martial arts technique you can push your whole body backward as a last chance to avoid a straight punch, uppercut or front kick or if you were too slow to redirect or to block those and you need more space than the body shift would bring to you. If your enemy starts this kind of attack against you, quickly use the martial arts movement technique, the step and slide backward to avoid the impact. After letting his attack fail, you can quickly slide back in the close fighting range of your opponent and start a counter attack. You have to follow the same principle if your enemy tries to hit you with a foot stamp attack.

Shin Block against Kicks from the Side

If your opponent tries to hit you with a kick from the side below the waist, with the roundhouse kick for example, you simply raise up your knee and block the kick with your shin. Before you can absorb this kind of impact you must harden your shin and improve your pain tolerance. In the most martial art schools you will do this at the beginning with punching bags and other equipment.

Thigh Block Kicks from the Side

The second option is to block the impact with the thigh from your lead leg. If the kick comes from the right side you simply turn your thigh from the lead leg to the inside to dominate the impact. If the kick comes from the left outside then you have to block the kick with your outer thigh. Another option is you simply execute the same kick but much faster than your opponent as a counter attack. For this technique, you really need advanced skills in reaction and identification to see the warn signals as soon as possible to react faster.

Block Attacks above the Waist

If you’re in your martial arts basic stance your ribs will be automatically protected because your elbows are tucked on your side to protect them and absorb the impact from a kick or punch. For a kick, you can also redirect the leg of your opponent, similar like a punch by the cross parry. You’re in your basic stance and you just redirect an incoming kick executed with his right leg with your right arm. Simply grab his ankle on his foot with your hand and redirect his upcoming right kick to your right side to disbalance him. You need not much force it is more about timing and a little push in the correct direction.

Elbow Counter Attack against Knee Strikes

One good way is to hit your enemy brutally with your elbow while he tries to attack you with his knee. You can build a horizontal line with your elbow and arm in a right angle in shoulder height where your elbow is pointed outward and your forearm is in front of you. Start your attack with rotating your elbow explosive from the outward to the inside diagonal down below to hit the knee from your opponent as hard as you can every time he tries to hit you. Don’t forget to rotate your hips and leg during the elbow strike to get the maximum power out of your attack.

A variation from this is when you build not a horizontal line but a vertical line with your arm and elbow in front of you. Here you must not rotate your elbow from the outside but explosively move your elbow straight down below to brutally hit the top of the knee from your opponent.

Get a lot of Martial Arts Benefits

There are so many benefits of Martial Arts. Martial Arts gives people discipline and something that they can aim for.

Martial Arts Benefits brings out the best of you

Instead of spending time with negative thoughts you will gain a lot of positivity while doing martial arts exercises. It is also a very good way to get functionally fit, means you will not only gain big muscles or only mass but flexibility and strength as well while learning martial arts self-defense moves. Many martial arts demand a very high level of cardio vascularity. While practicing you will forget many irritations, that will lead to decreased stress. Decreased stress means a more relaxed lifestyle. You will be mentally tough and your confidence will grow, you will need that especially in surprise attacks or if any bigger enemys shows up. You will dramatically improve your reflexes, means you will have a lot faster reactions times and your overall movement and actions will speed up as well. As mentioned above the main martial arts benefit would be the fitness. It will lead you a better overall body function which enables you a better body, a clearer mind and a lot of confidence packed with strength in order to defend yourself or your loved ones.

Strength

Your inter- and intramuscular interaction of your muscles are getting improved and your muscle fibers become bigger and bigger and all that greatly results in more strength for you.

Speed

Due to your flexibility and the ability to quickly extend and relax your muscles like a rubber band you’re getting unbelievable fast.

Confidence

Danger or not, you will become more comfortable in all situations.

Agility

You’ll learn a lot about footwork, stances and the way of movement so you’ll automatically get a better agility and a good flow in your movements.

Endurance

The way your muscles produce energy will be greatly improved so you’re able to tirelessly fight against your opponent for a longer and longer time

Flexibility

The range you’re able to extend your muscles will be extend threw stretching exercises, that will help you to perform more advanced and insane movements

Stamina

These all advantages will help you to stay as hard as stone and only a great force will brings you to move unintentionally.

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Martial Arts History

The true history roots are difficult to find out or even to explain because of the lack of historical roots. Most of the humans think that martial art belongs to Asia. It’s partly correct that most of the martial arts belong to Asia. But keep in mind, Asia is not necessarily the martial arts birthplace. Many martial arts were combined intentionally or unintentionally and now they achieved a new level and even a new name, where the historical roots are not easy to find out. There were different martial art heroes from all over the world who had their own style of fighting like the shaolins in china, samurais in japan, hwarangs in Korea, spartans, romans, knights and so on. So, it can’t say easily where martial arts originate from. The origin of Chinese martial arts began when an Indian monk arrived in a Shaolin Temple in the Henan and taught all the monks the eighteen Buddhist fists. Other martial arts evolved independently.

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