The different faces of the martial arts

The different styles of martial arts allows the first time user to make an informed decision before they visit a martial arts academy. A growing art is Brazilina Jiu Jtisu which is a ground fighting art.

The Different Styles Available

When it comes to Martial Arts there are four main styles which are Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Phillippino styles. Each one teaches the Martial Arts differently and some are more common than others.

• Japanese Style Martial Arts

The Japanese Style Martial Arts focus on self defense and they are generally a way of helping the body to create spiritual harmony. Usually throwing and twisting techniques are used and you learn how to use your attacker’s strength against them. So, even if your attacker is stronger than you, you will learn how to use that in your favor.

This is one of the gentlest forms of Martial Arts and whilst there is some pressure on vital nerve techniques used, it is not taught in order to attack or hurt your opponent as with some other types of Martial Arts.

• Korean Style Martial Arts

Korean Martial Arts were used previously by Korean soldiers. Due to their knowledge of Martial Arts, it made them feared by other countries, hence they were known as some of the best soldiers in the world. The Japanese martial arts were designed to protect and not fight. That is why the Korean martial arts has been more popular.

• Phillippino Style Martial Arts

This type of Martial Arts focuses on using weapons such as a short stick. Because of the practical aspects of this art, it is not as popular.

• Chinese Style Martial Arts

The Chinese Martial Arts style is generally Tai Chi. It is used for both exercise and self defense reasons and it is supposed to provide a sense of calm to those who follow it. All schools are different. Some use weapons while others just use their hands. Both ways are acceptable and it all depends upon personal preference as to which type of Tai Chi you want to partake in.

Overall the different styles do make a difference to the types of Martial Arts and how they are practiced. It is completely down to personal preference as to which one you choose and remember that each style has its own benefits.

Copyright (c) 2007 James Liu