There is no doubt that learning a martial art can have many unique benefits. Firstly, during training, you get to keep fit and stay in shape. Secondly and perhaps more importantly for some people they use their newly learned skills to increase their self-defence protection. Pretty much wherever you are there will be martial arts centres close by that will assist you in learning some of the ancient arts of their skill. In this blog we will take a look at some of the more popular arts and examine how they can be used best in a defensive type situation.
It is hard to talk about martial arts and not kick-off without mentioning Karate. Highlighted in many movies, Karate has grown massively in popularity since the days of the “Karate Kid”. However, many self-defence experts wouldn’t necessarily put Karate right at the top of the list for protection. A student in Karate will find that it is relatively cheap to start to get involved. They will build up power when it comes to punches and kicks, but they might also find that it doesn’t provide quite as much defence as some other martial arts. While the exact origins of Karate are unknown, it is believed that it developed from the island of Okinawa. Guns and other weapons were banned at the time and this brought about a need for a different type of defence.
Wing Chun is a style of Kung Fu, which has gained popularity in recent times, largely due to movies starring Donnie Yen. Drawing inspiration from the movements of animals and most notably the Crane, Wing Chun is a majestic form of self-defence. When applied in human form, there seems to be very little effort extolled to block and defend oneself. Unlike other martial arts, Wing Chun doesn’t rely upon any sports to increase its popularity and is seen as one of the most solid and practical close-range self-defence systems. The power of Wing Chun lies with its highly direct approach. During the art, the pupil becomes very strong and is able to deliver repeated blows to particular areas. Many people have likened being on the wrong end of Wing Chun as being repeatedly smacked in the face with a pole.
Jeet Kune Do
If you were to translate Jeet Kune Do, then you would arrive at the immortal saying of “The Way of Intercepting the Fist”. Created by the legend that is Bruce Lee, Jeet Kune Do is one of the most effective self-defence systems known. While it is unlikely that two Jeet Kune Do schools will teach exactly the same methods, it is important to realise that they will all be based upon solid fundamentals. The key focus with this martial art is that everything is backed up by sound reasoning. For example, you will always find yourself placing your strongest side towards your attacker.
Martial arts are without question one of the best ways of learning a valuable self-defence system. Stay tuned for the 2nd in this blog series when we look at some more popular arts.