India is changing, becoming greatly interested and passionate about a variety sports and games. Even though IPL is on, Cricket isn’t the only thing on everyone’s mind. While still new, various types of martial arts have started to gain a lot of buzz in India. As more and more people get interested in martial arts, we find many adopting the sport for fitness purposes. But martial arts aren’t about just fitness and health benefits but about mental & physical discipline as well.

Martial Arts are an ancient form of sport around the world. They are codified systems and are traditions of combat practices, practiced for a variety of reasons such as self-defense, military and law enforcement application and very recently entertainment. There are about 100 to 150 forms of martial art that are practiced around the world. We take you around the world of martial arts to let you pick the one that resonates the most with you.

#krav-maga

pexels-photo-236171.jpegKrav-maga is a martial art form practiced as standard hand to hand combat for the Israel defense forces; Krav-maga is a hybrid form of Martial art. It consists of a wide combination of techniques sourced from aikido, judo, Muay-Thai, boxing, and wrestling along with realistic fight training and techniques. Krav-maga was developed by Hungarian and Italian Martial artists first and later adopted by the Israeli defense force.

#Kalaripayattu

pexels-photo-165939Kalaripayattu is a famous Indian martial arts form. It originated from the land of Kerala and is one of the oldest forms of fighting existing today. It is said to have originated from the Chola dynasty and was practiced by many of the reigning kings of India, most famous amongst them was the great King Ashok. Kalaripayattu is practiced in the most part of the south India and today there are lots of schools have started to teach Kalaripayattu as a sport, recognizing the cultural and historical importance of the martial art form.

 #Taekwondo

Taekwondo is Korean form of martial art, which originated and was developed in South Korea especially around Seoul. It’s characterized by its emphasis on head-height kicks, jumping and spinning kicks. The techniques of taekwondo were initially developed from elements of karate and Chinese martial arts but later on, further developments were made, which over time gave way to the modern form of taekwondo, a widely practiced form of martial arts today.The South Korean Armed forces have adopted taekwondo as their major form combat technique. Taekwondo became an Olympic event in the year of 2000.Interestingly India has also a made a Taekwondo federation back in the year 1969 for the betterment of this sport.

#KickBoxing

pexels-photo-169605.jpegKickboxing is a combat sport based on quick movements and precise strikes using both kicks and punches to break the opponent’s defense. Kickboxing was developed out of karate, Muay Thai, Kun Khmer and various boxing moves. Kickboxing is practiced as one of the leading forms of martial arts for self-defense, some sort of general fitness and also as a contact sport. Kickboxing has a major contribution to the emergence of mixed martial art via further hybridization with ground fight techniques from Brazil such as Jiu-Jitsu and folk wrestling. Mixed martial art is one of the major commercial sports.There is even a highly commercialized and entertaining championship for this sport known as UFC (ultimate fighting championship).

#Karate

Karate originated in the Ryukyu islands of Japan and was developed under the influence of Chinese martial artists. This form of martial art uses traits of punching, kicking, knee strikes, elbow strikes and a mixture of open-handed techniques such as knife-hands, spear hands, and palm-heel strikes. Karate is the most predominant form of martial arts today. Karate has made its presence felt in over 160 countries, a contributing factor towards being considered as an Olympic sport from 2020 summer Olympics.

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