The various forms of oriental martial art – how many do you think you know?
Martial arts follow the Oriental Philosophy:
Martial art is indeed the gift of the Orient. The Chinese philosophy is so predominant intertwined with teaching and the training of the martial arts that it is difficult to separate one from another. Therefore, when someone is learning any form of martial arts, it is important for him to understand the various principles on which the form of the martial arts is based.Qi is the fundamental energy of life in the Chinese philosophy:Qi is also the invisible energy that is the basic sustainer of life. Food, water and sunlight and other living and non living things that directly and indirectly affect man has this energy but it is mostly present derived by human through air as it is thought that breathing is one thing without which humans cannot live. Therefore, all martial art involves breathing techniques and emphasizes the correct form of breathing to be able to utilize the Qi in the right form. The physical and the mental exercises which are fundamentally a part of all these martial arts is also for improving the movement of Qi to and from the body. The optimum flow of energy to the body optimizes and improves the strength of the body.
It has been stated in the texts found in some of the oldest monasteries that there once existed such masters of martial art who had so much control over their breathing and the flow of the iQ that they could fight with a person and throw them down without even touching him. This is not a myth but there are demonstrations where complete control over the body and the mind has paved to become so strong that only one look is enough to throw the person across the room.
The two factions of martial arts:
Martial arts can be divided into two factions. They are the internal and the external. While the internal art derives upon the art of the meditation and the optimization of the Qi energy by following the best practices of breathing, the external martial arts uses the form of fighting and offensive to attack the person outside the tribes or a competition.The various forms of the martial arts:There are more than hundred forms of the martial art but of course there are only subtle differences among all of them. Most of them or you can say that all of them have the principle of Qi energy common to the, the similarities are more than the differences between them. Here are some of the forms of martial arts that are popular now throughout the world on.
Karate literally means “empty handed fighting” this Japanese martial art is believed to have developed on the island of Okinawa. It is a culmination of the offensive as well as the defensive martial art. The use of legs is highly encouraged to hit any part of the body. The kicks are powerful blows and the students are taught to attack the most vulnerable parts of the opponent’s body like his face, neck and the groin.
Kung fu is a Chinese martial art and it is locally called wushu. The art form uses both hands and legs for launching offensive as well as defensive blows. Some of the proponents of the kung fu prefer to practice it with bare hands while most of them use the kung fu weapon which is two hand bars with a chain linked between them. the practitioner wields the weapon so swiftly that if the opponent does not duck or dodge tit he can lose his life instantly.
Aikido is a recently propounded art form. The master who invented this martial form believes in non violence and thus the art form is only an defensive martial art. It seeks to disarm the opponent while using jumps and dodging techniques to escape any injury from the weapon wielded by the opponent.
Judo is a defensive martial art that enables the opponent to become weak by grappling and pressurizing his most sensitive parts in order to either disarm him or to give up offensive.
Even though tai chi is a martial art form, it is very different from all others as it is very gentle in movement. The practice of tai chi is believed t increase the flow of the Qi in the body and also has meditative and healing powers.
This martial art helps the practitioner to become excessively swift in his movements. It may be performed with bare hands or with a weapon.
Taekwondo is the art of power punching and kicking. The art involves jumping high up in the air and falling flat on the opponent.
Sword fighting in Japan goes by the name of Kendo. The use of weapon with agility and speed is what the art form teaches. The teacher who teaches this art form expects the highest form of discipline and the students are supposed to be residing with the master while they learn this art.