Traveling the world is not just about taking a picture next to a recognizable monument or visiting a popular nightclub. If you really want to experience the joys of traveling to the fullest, you need to get to know the place you’re visiting, its people and their culture.
Studying or working abroad are both good ways to get familiar with the culture that’s so different from yours. Another one is practicing martial arts, especially in a country where a particular form of martial arts originated.
There are different reasons to start studying martial arts. They could help you get in shape if you’re not a fan of the gym, they can improve your combat prowess and be very useful for self-defense. Most martial arts have a spiritual and meditative side to them as well, which is why an increasing amount of people starts taking karate classes in Los Angeles, New York, and other big US cities.
In this article, we are going to list some of the most famous martial arts and where they originated. If you happen to visit one of these countries, we highly suggest taking these martial arts classes to make the most of your cultural experience.
In Japanese Karate means “empty hand” and is by far one of the most popular forms of martial arts. The origins of Karate date back centuries. It is believed that the place of origin is the island of Okinawa. Karate only became popular on the mainland in the 1900s. Master Gichin Funakoshi is credited with simplifying the form and pairing it with philosophy. Karate entails various different styles, but most rely on blocking the enemies’ attacks, as well as punching and kicking. This form of martial arts is suitable for all ages, and Karate for kids is very popular among parents everywhere.
On the other side of the Pacific Ocean, the African slaves in Brazil created the famed Capoeira back in the 19th century. The unusual form of this martial art comes from the fact that the slaves had to disguise the combat moves in the form of dance. They were backed by drums and different instrument that set the rhythm on which this form relies on. In Capoeira, two combatants spar using kicks, sweeps and acrobatic play in the form of the most dangerous dance on the planet.
Krav Maga (Israel)
This combat style was largely made popular by military units and armed forces around the world. Both widely adopted the style due to its effectiveness. This form of martial arts is not considered a sport, which means there are no competitions. However, it is highly useful in real-life situations that require self-defense. Krav Maga teaches students to shut out any distractions and focus on inflicting as much damage as possible. This is what makes Krav Maga so effective – and dangerous.
Sambo is the acronym of a Russian phrase that translates to “self-defense without a weapon”. This form of martial arts dates back to the 1920s and was widely used by the Red Army in hand-to-hand combat situations. It merges a lot of other effective techniques such as judo and traditional eastern wrestling styles such as kokh, chidaoba and kurash.
Jailhouse Rock (United States)
This form of martial arts originated in the US prisons and is not considered a competitive type of martial arts. Regardless, it is very effective in tight, close quarters and as a defense against cold weapon attacks (such as shivs in a prison). This form of martial arts is very effective when it comes to self-defense as it is primarily focused on survival.