Martial Arts – An Introduction

Martial-Arts-An-Introduction-224x300Anytime an individual decides to learn how to protect themselves, learn self defense, or become a better person, one thing comes to mind – Martial Arts. Martial Arts are now being practiced all over the world.

The Martial Arts have been used for many centuries, although they really became famous around the time of Bruce Lee. Bruce invented the style of Jeet Kune Do, which involves very fast strikes with amazing counter defenses. Once people began to see just how fast Bruce Lee could move, they began to look into Martial Arts and see just how it could benefit them.

Martial Arts are broken down into specific styles. The style all depends on where and what you study. A lot of cultures and countries offer their own forms of Martial Arts that they originated, developed, and perfected. Brazil offers Brazilian Jui-Jitsu, Japan has Karate, Thailand has Muay Thai, France has Savate, and China has Shaolin. Keep in mind that each style will vary in techniques and what it has to offer you.

Although many people think of Martial Arts as being just for self defense purposes, this isn’t always the case. Martial Arts are used in tournaments and competitions as well, which can include Sparring, floor routines, and even block and brick breaking demonstrations. All across the world, there are competitions and venues for fighters to prove themselves and their knowledge.

For those of you who have a bad temper or just need to learn self control, Martial Arts can be very beneficial to study. Not only will you learn self control, you’ll also learn how to defend yourself in the most drastic of situations. Self control is very important, as Martial Arts can be very deadly if they are taught to the wrong person – with the wrong intentions.

Over the last decade, there have been a lot of mainstream competitions that showcase Martial Arts, such as Extreme Fighting, King of the Cage, and the most popular of all, the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). The UFC has come a long way over the years, sparking interest from all over the world. It pairs stylists from allover the world, to test their skills and see who’s the better fighter.

With the UFC, a lot of people have gotten the wrong idea about Martial Arts. A Martial Art is great to learn. Although it works in the UFC, it doesn’t always mean that it will protect you out on the streets. Karate, for example, which teaches blocking and striking, with little to no emphasis on grappling techniques. If you get in close, Karate really doesn’t help. With some distance however, Karate can be very devastating.

No matter how you look at it, Martial Arts can be great to learn if you learn it for the right reasons. Each style will vary in technique and what it has to offer you, so pick the best style for your needs and what you hope to accomplish. Martial Arts can teach you a lot about self defense and yourself—all you have to do is give it a try.

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Heal Yourself With Qi Gong

Begin Your Energetic Journey With Qi Gong

HealYourselQiQong_BookSml-e1448291350936This system is practiced to create a complete and balanced health maintaining body system, healing ability and increasing the vitality of an individual. Sometimes looked upon or referred to as an art form for martial arts movements, medical processes or simply as a spiritual art form.

All three areas consist of basic similarities like, postures which may be classified as moving or stationary, breathing techniques and mental focus.

The soft qi gong style of this art form can be adopted for use by almost any age group. It is however more popular with the older generation simply because of the non vigorous style it portrays and uses. The idea is to increase the Qi levels, circulate it well through the body of the individual for the cleansing and healing purpose.

Most of the standard movements are quite easy to follow and can be achieved through a committed sense of practice.

Most exercises don’t involve the meridian system and also don’t emphasize on the breathing techniques are being of utmost importance but Qi gong does.

This is because in order for the individual to gain the complete essence of Qi gong the breathing techniques play a vital role when coupled with the movements required.

The general benefits of taking up qi gong is that the gentle rhythmic movements help to reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality and build up the immune system to stay at optimum levels as much as possible. Most people who have taken up this art form attest to the fact that they have gained a certain level of vitality and new lease in life.

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Healing Properties Of Tai Chi

Learn About The Miracle Exercise Of Tai Chi!

HealingPropertiesTaiChi_BookSml-e1448228419551Originating from China, it’s beautiful movements are both slow and fluid. This style of non aggressive movements is what attracts most people to take up Tai chi. Largely popular among the older ages it is not becoming an excepted art form to the younger generation too.

Tai chi training generally involves the theories and practices evolved in agreement with many Chinese philosophical principals some of which include Taoism and Confucianism tenants.

Instinctively focusing the mind solely on the movements of the body in connection with the surroundings, tai chi helps to bring about a state of mental calm and clarity. The obvious benefits to which are general health improvements and better stress management in the individual.

Though there is no rule about its dress code, generally loose fitting and comfortable clothing accompanied with a pair of flat soled footwear is a recommended prerequisite.

In-depth understanding of the fundamentals of tai chi is not necessary if one is interested in trying out this form of art. Loosely it is explained as moving by the use of leverage though the joints based on the idea of relaxation and concentrated coordination to ensure minimal or no muscle tension, in order to neutralize, yield or initiate responsive movements.

Three primary aspects are addressed when practicing Tai chi. Health, meditation and martial arts. An unhealthy state of body is hardly any use to the success needed; therefore using the different movements taught in tai chi, the individual is able to be one with body and mind.

The fluid and slow movements also don’t cause undue stress to the individual. Meditation cultivates the ability to focus and remain calm is all situations while maintaining acute awareness of the surroundings.

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Aikido – Ancient Philosophy

Aikido – Learn the Martial Art, Aesthetics and Spiritual Way of Life!!!

aikidocover300-e1445984518107Aikido’ was formed by connecting three letters in Japanese. Ai implies ‘joining’, Ki means ‘the spirit’ and do denotes ‘way’. By merging these three characters in concert you get the core of the artistry of Aikido. Aikido could be classified as a martial art form which unites the will in order to discover the way. This was formally established as the connotation and as the factual name of this martial art form somewhere in the nineteen thirties or early nineteen forties.

Aikido highlights the practices that do not injure or take people’s lives; it is different from other aggressive art forms. This skillfulness and actions which a person is trained in are created to deflect a person’s concentration or enfeeble that person. Most people prefer this discipline because it is peaceful and harmonious compared to aggression and conflict. The man that introduced and extended the martial art was called Morehei Ueshiba. He thought that the direction of anger with no resulting harm was the art of harmony. The thing that divides Aikido from dissimilar martial art forms is that, Aikido employs the hand as a weapon and the person has no utility for weapons.

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