Different styles of martial arts to start based on your preference

Aug 19th 2015 at 12:38 AM

If you find that you lack motivation to join a gym in order to get a good workout, a great way to get into it and create an interest is to start practising a martial arts programme. There are several martial arts programmes that you can choose from and contrary to what most martial arts enthusiasts and fanatics say, there is no best style as such, at least not with regards to getting you towards a goal of fitness and self-discipline. However, since every person has their specific needs and preferences, some martial arts styles will attract certain types of people and may suit some people better. Below are some of the more common martial arts styles that you can choose from if you want to get started with learning a new discipline and technique that can not only make a huge positive impact in your life but also make you fit and healthier than ever before.

A personal favourite martial arts system of mine is aikido. Aikido is a martial arts system started in Japan by a man called MoriheiUyeshiba in 1920. The great thing about aikido is that it teaches you to conserve your energy and to use your opponent’s energy against themselves. It emphasises understanding the human body and making use of pressure points as well as the body’sinclination to move in certain ways. This means that being very strong is not as important for an aikido martial artist and as such, a much smaller person has a better chance of defending themselves against a much larger person. Aikido has elements of Jiu Jitsu, judo and kendo. Another quite popular martial arts system that you can find these days is Thai boxing or Muay Thai. You can find Muay Thai in Bondi as well as in most cities across the world taught as the primary martial arts system that many people adhere to. Muay Thai is likely to have its origin in older Chinese martial arts systems but was quickly adopted by the Thai people of Thailand as their national sport. The martial arts system involves using punches, knee strikes and elbow strikes to fight an opponent in both defence as well as offence moves. This martial arts system is not for the faint hearted as it involves a lot of hard work.

If you cannot find Muay Thai in Sydney or in a place close to where you live then you most likely will find a karate teacher nearby. Karate which means ‘empty hand’ is a very popular form of martial arts all over the world, made famous through several Hollywood style movies. Karate emphasises speed, flexibility and health but like all martial arts it also stresses the importance of discipline and self-control. If on the other side you prefer something more modern, you can also get into mixed martial arts or MMA. MMA teaches ground fighting as well as throws, takedowns, submission, joint locks and chokes. MMA involves a combination of various other martial arts techniques including judo, Muay Thai, wrestling, jiu-jitsu and sambo.

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