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Ninjutsu

Ninjutsu Ninjitsu is an ancient body of spiritual and martial arts teachings designed for feudal Japanese spies and assassins. Practitioners, famously called Ninjas, developed the art in remote and mountainous areas of Japan to combat the Samurai landlords that rose to power about a millennia ago. [Read More]

Jeet Kune Do

Jeet Kune Do Martial ArtJeek Kune Do, is a martial art and life philosophy founded by philosopher, martial artist, and actor Bruce Lee. It´s not a style of martial arts like other more traditional arts. What sets Jeet Kune Do apart from traditional styles of martial arts is that it´s not fixed or patterned. It is a philosophy with guiding thoughts. Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do is used to refer to the martial arts system that Lee founded. "Jun Fan" was Lee's Chinese given name, so the literal translation is "Bruce Lee's Way of the Intercepting Fist." [Read More]

Krav Maga

Krav Maga Martial ArtKrav Maga (meaning: "contact combat" or "close combat") is an eclectic hand-to-hand combat system developed in Israel. It was derived from street-fighting skills developed by Imi Lichtenfeld, making use of his training as a boxer and wrestler, as a means of defending the Jewish quarter during a period of anti-Semitic activity in Bratislava in the mid- to late 1930's. In the late 1940's, following his emigration to Israel, he began to provide hand-to-hand combat training to what was to become the IDF, developing the techniques that became known as Krav Maga. It has since been refined for both civilian and military applications. Unlike most martial arts, Krav Maga is essentially a tactical defense skill. Its philosophy emphasizes threat neutralization, simultaneous defensive and offensive maneuvers, and aggressive endurance in a 'him-or-me' context. Krav Maga is still used by the Israel Defense Forces and several closely related variations have been developed and adopted by law enforcement, Mossad, FBI, United States special operations forces, Irish and British Special Forces. There are several organizations teaching variations of Krav Maga internationally. [Read More]

Wing Tsun

Wing tsun Martial Art The main objective of WingTsun (WT) is to be a realistic system of self-defense. WT does not focus on fighting “techniques”, instead relying on fighting and energy principles to be followed at all times. [Read More]

Aikido

Aikdo Martial Art Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba (often referred to by his title 'O Sensei' or 'Great Teacher'). On a purely physical level it is an art involving some throws and joint locks that are derived from Jujitsu and some throws and other techniques derived from Kenjutsu. Aikido focuses not on punching or kicking opponents, but rather on using their own energy to gain control of them or to throw them away from you. It is not a static art, but places great emphasis on motion and the dynamics of movement. [Read More]

Jujutsu

jujutsu martial arts jujutsu, means the "art or science of softness", is a Japanese martial art consisting primarily of grappling techniques. Jujutsu evolved among the samurai of feudal Japan as a method for dispatching an armed and armored opponent in situations where the use of weapons was impractical or forbidden. Due to the difficulty of dispatching an armored opponent with striking techniques, the most efficient methods for neutralizing an enemy took the form of pins, joint locks, and throws. These techniques were developed around the principle of using an attacker's energy against him, rather than directly opposing it, and came to be known as jujutsu. [Read More]

Pencak Silat

Pencak Silat martial arts Pencak Silat is the official name used to indicate more than 800 martial arts schools and styles spread across more than 13,000 islands in Indonesia. [Read More]

Hapkido

hapkido Martial Art Hapkido is a Korean martial art and aims to be an effective form of self-defense. Hapkido employs joint locks, pressure points, throws, kicks, and other strikes. Hapkido practitioners train to counter the techniques of other martial arts as well as common "unskilled" attacks. There is also a range of traditional weapons including short stick, cane, rope, sword and staff which vary in emphasis depending on the particular tradition examined. [Read More]

MCMAP

MCMAP Martial Art The Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) is a combat system developed by the United States Marine Corps to combine existing and new hand-to-hand and close quarters combat (CQC) techniques with morale and team-building functions and instruction in what the Marine Corps calls the "Warrior Ethos". The program, which began in 2001, trains Marines (and U.S. Navy personnel attached to Marine Units) in unarmed combat, edged weapons, weapons of opportunity, and rifle and bayonet techniques. It also stresses mental and character development, including the responsible use of force, leadership, and teamwork. The MCMAP program has several nicknames, including "semper fu", MCSlap, and "new bushido ". In speech, the acronym is often pronounced "mick-map." [Read More]

Sambo

Sambo Martial Art In 1929, a Russian officer named Vasilii. Oshchepkov began teaching an evolved form of Judo to the Red Army. He had studied Kodokan Judo, and gained the rank of Master, but felt that it was an incomplete system. He added physical exercises to help strengthen his students. The techniques were drastically altered as well. He removed techniques he felt were weak and replaced them with new, more efficient techniques. Oshchepkov used various forms of international wrestling as his source of new techniques. Strikes from American and European boxing were added as well. [Read More]

Eskrima

Eskrima martial arts Eskrima or Escrima refers to a class of Filipino Martial Arts that emphasize stick and sword fighting. Other terms which have entered into common usage include Kali and Arnis de Mano (harness of the hand); occasionally the abbreviation FMA (Filipino Martial Arts) is used. Eskrima and Arnis are among the many names primarily used in the Philippines today to refer to these arts. The name Kali, although primarily used in the United States and Europe, is seldom used in the Philippines and in most cases is an unknown word. But due to the popularity of the term outside of the Philippines and the influence of foreign practitioners, the term Kali is increasingly being recognized and accepted in the Philippines. Kalis, as used in the Philippines, refers to a sword. It is commonly mistaken as synonymous to or a derivative form of kali (note: postfixing of "s" is not used in Filipino languages or dialects to indicate plurality). However, for all intents and purposes, Eskrima, Arnis, Arnis de Mano, Kali and FMA all refer to the same family of Filipino weapons-based martial arts. The teaching of the basic skills in FMA are traditionally simplified. With limited time to teach flashy and intricate techniques, only skills that were proven effective in battle and could easily be taught en masse were used. This allowed villagers, generally not professional soldiers, a measure of protection against other villages, as well as foreign invaders. This philosophy of simplicity is still used today and is the underlying base of the FMA. Because of this approach, the FMA are often mistakenly considered to be "simple" fighting arts. However, this refers only to its systematization, not effectiveness. To the contrary, beyond the basic skills lies a very complex structure and a refined skillset that takes years to master. [Read More]

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)

brazilian-jiu-jitsu-(bjj) Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or BJJ Summary Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a grappling martial art that uses joint locks, strangulations, strong positioning to cause an opponent to submit / tap-out in competition or pass-out or break a joint in self defense.It is primarily a ground-fighting art and is well-known for its use in Mixed Martial Arts fights. It was made widely popular by Royce Gracie of the Gracie family who have basically "invented" BJJ.Royce's father Helio Gracie was taught Japanese Jujutsu / Kobokan Judo and refined it to work for his small stature.There are many schools and BJJ instructors in USA now. Primarily the art is now competition based - both grappling and MMA competitions. People train it without the gi and with a gi. Many schools are now called Submission Wrestling schools who train no-gi and also use more wrestling takedowns as well.The training is excellent for physical fitness as well as self-defense. Many argue that all fights go the ground eventually and that is where BJJ shines. [Read More]

Modern Army Combatives

combatives Martial ArtCombatives is a term popularized by the US Army for hand-to-hand combat training . It now encompasses various hybrid martial arts , which incorporate techniques from several different martial arts and combat sports . Unlike combat sports, such systems usually have limited sport application and often focus on simple techniques for use in self-defense or combat . [Read More]

Tang Soo Do

Tang Soo Do Tangsoodo or Tang Soo Do is an empty handed, traditional Korean martial art of self defense. For other uses see Tang Soo Do (disambiguation). [Read More]

San Shou Kung Fu

sanshou martial arts SanShou or Sanda is a modern Chinese hand to hand combat, self-defense system, and combat sport. As an unarmed self-defense, close combat system, Sanshou includes da (punches), ti (kicks), shuai (grappling), and na (throws, locks, chokes). [Read More]

Kyokushin Karate

kyokushin karate martial arts Kyokushin kaikan is a style of stand-up, full contact karate, founded in 1964 by Masutatsu Oyama who was born under the name Choi Yong-I. Kyokushinkai is Japanese for "the society of the ultimate truth." Kyokushin is rooted in a philosophy of self-improvement, discipline and hard training. Its full contact style has had international appeal (practitioners have over the last 40+ years numbered more than 12 million). Kyokushin has influenced many of the "full-contact" schools of karate, emphasizing realistic combat, physical toughness, and practicality in its training curriculum. Many other martial arts organizations have "spun-off" from Kyokushin over the years, with some adding additional techniques, such as grappling, but continuing with the same philosophy of realistic and practical training methods. [Read More]

Catch wrestling

Catch Wrestling Catch wrestling is a popular style of wrestling. Catch wrestling is arguably the ancestor of modern professional wrestling and mixed martial arts competitions. Catch wrestling's origins lie in a variety of styles, most notably the regional wrestling styles of Europe, particularly the British Isles (e.g. Collar-and-elbow, Lancashire catch-as-catch-can submission wrestling etc.) and Asia (e.g. pehlwani). [Read More]

Aiki-jujutsu

Aiki Jutsu Martial Art Aiki-jujutsu is a form of jujutsu which emphasizes "an early neutralization of an attack." Like other forms of jujutsu, it emphasizes throwing techniques and joint manipulations to effectively control, subdue or injure an attacker. It emphasizes using the timing of an attack to either blend or neutralize its effectiveness and use the force of the attacker's movement against them. Daito-ryu is characterized by the ample use of atemi, or the striking of vital areas, in order to set up their jointlocking or throwing tactics. Some of the art's striking methods employ the swinging of the outstretched arms to create power and to hit with the fists at deceptive angles as can be observed in techniques such as the atemi which sets up gyaku ude-dori or 'reverse elbow lock'. Tokimune regarded one of the unique characteristics of the art to be its preference for controlling a downed attacker's joints with one's knee in order to leave one's hands free to access one's weapons or to deal with the threat of other oncoming attackers. [Read More]

Bando

bando martial arts Bando a self-defense martial art from Burma. The earliest meanings of Bando were "self-discipline, self-development, and self-improvement".[citation needed] Later, it came to mean, "self-protection, or self-defense". Bando includes the empty-hands methods and animal forms: eagle, bull, cobra, panther, monkey, etc. Various bando arts are still very popular in Burma, especially among scholars.[citation needed] There are great number of schools and styles. The main branches are: [Read More]

Hung Gar Kung Fu

Hung Gar kung fu martial arts Hung Gar Kung fu is one of the most popular fighting systems to emerge out of the southern regions of China. Dating back some 300 years, it was developed, nourished, and flourished as one of the most widely practiced art forms. When describing this particular fighting system, it is said to be power personified with devestating no-nonsense fighting techniques. [Read More]
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