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Are you interested in learning self-defense? Are you a woman who wants to learn how to protect yourself? Or are you simply curious about martial arts? If so, London Fight Factory is the perfect place for you. They offer several different types of martial arts. They train complete beginners and seasoned fighters.
Martial arts fighting has been around about 2,000 years. Now, there’s approximately 200 different types practiced all around the world. Though Asia is most known for martial arts, they aren’t the only ones who developed their own style. Europeans, French, and even Native Americans used types of self-defense techniques. Asia may be more well-known for martial arts, but they certainly weren’t the first ones to practice it.
The name ‘martial arts’ comes from the Roman god of war, Mars. This translates to arts of Mars. It comes from 15th century Europeans who were referring to their own style, which is now called Historical European martial arts.
Besides from just fighting, a martial artist specializes in medicinal practices as well. This includes, bone-setting, qigong, acupuncture, acupressure, and other traditional Chinese medicine. This is mostly prevalent in Chinese martial arts, but anyone can learn these and add it to their own technique. In fact, you can mix different styles together to make the perfect combination for you.
The types of martial arts are as follows: karate, taekwondo, muay thai, jujitsu, Brazilian jujitsu, judo, krav maga, aikido, kickboxing, jeet kune do, wing chun, hapkido, arnis, capoeira, savate, kajukenbo, fencing, stick-fighting, laido, catch wrestling, ssireum, mixed martial arts, kung fu, tai chi, xtreme martial arts, and wrestling. However, these are only some types as a full list would take up an entire book. Each of these types focuses on a different goal. For example: Judo focuses on taking the opponent to the ground and subduing them. Jujitsu is aimed to defeat an armed opponent when you yourself aren’t armed.
Aikido is a grappling art, performed by flowing with your opponent’s motion rather than opposing it straight-on. Hapkido utilizes joint locks, kicks, punches, and other striking attacks. Karate stresses striking techniques like kicking, punching, knee and elbow strikes, and open-handed techniques. Krav maga is a hand-to-hand style that uses wrestling, grappling, and striking methods. Mixed martial arts allows a variety of styles to be used; it’s the most flexible of all the types.
Taekwondo is one of the oldest forms of self-defense that practices blocking, kicking, punching, and open-handed strikes. Tai chi is practiced for its defense training and health benefits, but it’s the slowest type. Muay thai uses stand-up striking and clinching techniques. Kung fu in itself actually has several different styles. Capoeira is a very fluid and acrobatic style from Brazil. Kickboxing is focused on extremely powerful kicks and punches.
Savate is a French martial arts style that’s focused on boxing and kicking; no knees are allowed. Ssireum is a Korean type that practices wrestling. Wing chun is Chinese martial arts focused on strikes, grappling, and weapons training. Jeet kune do is a style created by the famous Bruce Lee. Kajukenbo is an American fighting style that combines several different types into one. Wrestling focuses on grappling, throwing, and pinning your opponent. Xtreme martial arts combines gymnastics and fighting techniques to create acrobatic “tricks.”
However, many styles have spiritual or honor codes you must follow. Some are very strict and some are not. Such as: you aren’t allowed to use what you’ve learned unless you’re forced to. Some require you to do things a certain way. Some expect you to only fight if your opponent is on the same level as you. Though, it’s mostly only Asian martial that require these, others can expect similar things from you.
No matter what style you prefer, there are various options. Choose the best one for you, or even combine them if you want. Learning more than one type is best, so you can get out of any situation easily and with the least injuries. At the London Fight Factory, you can have a trained professional help you out whether you’re new to martial arts or experienced. They even offer Strength and Conditioning if you don’t think you’re ready to start training yet.