Martial arts are various methods of armed and unarmed combat that originated centuries ago in Asia, primarily China, Japan, Korea, and the Philippines.
The word ‘martial’ derives from the name Mars, who was the Roman god of war. The term martial arts refers to all of the various systems of training
that have been arranged or systematized.
Some martial arts emphasize one purpose over the other, however, the very name of “martial” arts implies defense or combat. Almost anyone can learn and practice martial arts, from fitness beginners to those already fit. A person participating in a martial art class can expect to learn a series or a group of usually graceful exercise movements that keep the body and mind strong and healthy. They can be performed by young and old, and range from simple stretching and meditative exercises to more complicated and demanding physical activities requiring mental concentration. The training is usually done without weights or special equipment and can be practiced alone or in a group.
Striking or Stand-Up Styles
Throwing or Takedown Styles
Weapons Based Styles
Low Impact or Meditative Styles