Martial arts is highly beneficial not only in conditioning the body, mind, and soul, but it is also very useful in self-defense. Others engage in training just because of their passion for the culture and history behind it. Indeed, martial arts is one of the oldest forms of fighting and it has survived until today.
In recent years, more and more people become interested in martial arts training camps because they are looking for trainers or teachers who are able to help them learn authentic martial arts practice. Martial artists and martial arts enthusiasts alike are seeking for a more genuine training more than ever. Often times, they are more than willing to travel far to train in the origin of the martial arts discipline they love e.g: China for Kung Fu, Thailand for Muay Thai, etc.
Engaging in a specific fighting style requires discipline and focus. By isolating themselves from the stressors of the world beyond the walls of the academy, the trainees are able to be one with their mind and body. This allows them to exceed the limits of their own abilities and strength. It is definitely a more rewarding experience to train under the wing of the masters, to absorb all the skills and techniques in fighting, defense, and even in taking care of one’s health.
Popular Martial Arts Styles
The reality is that there is no ‘best’ type of martial arts. We believe that each discipline possesses its own unique set of pros and cons so to speak. When it comes to choosing martial arts, it really comes down to the style that suits what you’re looking to do and learn. That said, here are a list of some of the most popular martial arts styles:
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial arts style, combat sport, and a self-defense system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. It is unlike many other ground fighting styles , particularly in the way that it teaches practitioners to fight from their backs.
Western Muay Thai practitioners are sometimes called nak muay farang, meaning “foreign boxer”. Image: Santai Gym
Muay Thai or Thai Boxing was developed several hundreds of years ago as a form of close-combat that utilizes the entire body as a weapon. Apart from it, it is a national sport and cultural martial art of Thailand, which has made Thailand famous all over the world.
Mixed Martial Arts is one of the most regulated and controlled sports in the world. Image: Superpro Samui
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a full-contact combat sport that allows the use of both striking and grappling techniques. A common misconception regarding MMA is that everything is allowed, probably stemming from the early days of MMA, as well as the other more unregulated sports in the world of martial arts. Today, MMA is a very regulated and controlled combat martial arts.
The basic principle of Krav Maga is inflicting maximum damage to the opponent. Image: Israeli Krav International
A widely known self-defense system developed for the military in Israel, Krav Maga consists of a wide combination of techniques (Boxing, Muay Thai, Wing Chun, Judo, Grappling, etc.) along with realistic fight training. The basic principle of Krav Maga is inflicting maximum damage to the opponent(s) in order to end the fight as quickly as possible.
Kung Fu is a skill obtained by long and hard work. Image: Kunyu Mountain Shaolin Martial Arts Academy
Kung Fu is first and foremost a striking style of martial arts that utilizes kicks, blocks, and both open and closed hand strikes to defend against aggressors. The art uses both hard (meeting force with force) and soft (using an opponent's strength against them) techniques.
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