Martial Arts Styles and Origins

There are numerous hypotheses on the roots of martial arts. Some support the idea of each region individually developing their own while others focus on the idea that martial arts originated some place and was migrated to various areas to be modified by locals. The independent theory says that any culture needing to protect itself against others will create a martial art; simply because all groups are by using their bodies, and have basic items available, like agricultural tools.

Regardless whether modern martial arts came from a Parent Martial Art or not martial arts could have impacted others because of different groups interacted with each other. Korean fighting techniques are may have been influenced by Chinese and Japanese Fighting Techniques and there is evidence to show that Chinese martial arts have influenced Japanese forms. No matter if they all stemmed from the same place each martial art has unique benefits and advantages for the martial artist training in them, including spiritual.


Karate is a Japanese martial art originates from 19th Century Okinawa. Karate means “empty hands” in Japanese. It is a striking martial art using punching, kicking and open-handed methods to fight an opponent. Grappling, locks, restraints, throws, and vital point strikes are taught in forms.

Karate gained world recognition in the 1960s and 1970s when martial arts movies gained popularity, particularly in the West. This Martial Art has a profoundly philosophical element to its practice. Karate-do teaches honorable actions to practitioners and can have spiritual importance. Karate has over fifty million martial artists practicing it worldwide. There's isn't an area in the United States that doesn't have karate dojo, including the city of Duluth.


Taekwondo is a bare handed style developed in Korea. Taekwondo uses kicking and punching motions to enable the fighter to defeat the opponent, It brings together sport, exercise, combat, self-defense, and in some cases meditation and philosophy. Taekwondo has become one of the more popular martial arts in the world with many countries having a national association governing the practice and education of this martial art and in 1989, Taekwondo became the world's most popular martial art in the world by the number of martial artist training in it.

Hap ki do

It is a combat form that employs joint locks, kicks, punches, and other striking attacks. There is also the use of sword, rope, nunchaku, cane, short stick, and staff unlike some other martial arts. Hap ki do is an energetic and eclectic Korean martial art utilized by martial artist all over the world.


Judo is a Japanese martial art that educates practitioners how to throw an opponent using balance and leverage. Judo meaning “gentle way” is a less aggressive martial art where emphasis is on self-defense then offense. The ideological for judo became the model for other modern Japanese martial arts in dojos.


Aikido which is of Japanese origin is performed by mixing with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack instead. This demands very little bodily strength so it was ideal for smaller martial artist. Aikido meaning “the way of harmonious spirit” was developed by Morihei Ueshiba with a strong emphasis on harmony and balance. It's primarily a self-defense practice.

Kung Fu

Kung Fu is challenging and diverse styled martial art that involves steady smooth motions. It's fast-paced, and has been practiced since ancient China. Initially, practicing Kung Fu did not just mean practicing. Preferably, it described the process of one's training - the development up of the body and the mind, the goal of constantly enhancing the skill of the Kung Fu practitioner.

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