Three Modern Martial Arts for Self Defense
People have been practicing martial arts in one way or another for thousands of years. Over the centuries, newer techniques have been developed and older ones have been replaced – paving the way for modern alternatives to be introduced. Of these, three in particular could be considered the youngest in the world, but that doesn’t mean that they are any less effective; especially where self-defense is concerned.
So, what are these arts and what do they involve?
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Originally introduced in 1882 by the Gracie family, BJJ has gone on to spread across the world; now millions of practitioners take part in training sessions and tournaments in equal measure. It’s a close-combat orientated martial form and works by teaching a user to control the flow of energy of an opponent. By doing so, even the smallest fighter can overpower the largest foe.
Although this martial form was active almost a century ago, it was only when a well-known karate association introduced it as a functional sport in 1974 that it gained world-wide recognition. As the name might suggest, the form relies on a combination of kicks and punches – although unlike regular boxing or Taekwondo (a martial art that relies on leg manoeuvres), kickboxing is considered a type of mixed martial art.
Commonly referred to as Thai boxing, Muay Thai was brought to the global market in the early twentieth century, when practitioners migrated from their homes to pursue careers as trainers and practitioners in the United States and Australia. These days the art is considered one of the most challenging to master, with a combination of hand, wrist, elbow and arm movements that can take months to learn, but years to perfect.
These three arts may be fairly fresh faced when compared to more traditional practices, such as Kenjutsu, Kendo and even Karate, but thanks to the rapid rate of development offered by masters in each field – they can be just as effective. Furthermore, each discipline will also train practitioners to harness the power of their core; a part of the body that is capable of providing support and strength, regardless of the body parts being used.