What happened to the good old days when someone was a black belt they were respected and/or feared. It didn’t matter if they were a black belt in Kung Fu, Karate, Taekwondo, or any-other-fu style. Now with the explosion of MMA the only 3 or 4 that seem to matter are JiuJitsu, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, and Wrestling since that is typically the skills of most top mixed martial arts fighters. However, other styles still have their reason for existing. Other styles like Taekwondo, Karate, or Judo are still very important and effective as a self-defense even though they are not in the MMA mix.
Every Style Has It’s Reason For Existing
Many people ask why are there so many different styles of martial arts? Why can’t there just be one style and that’s the best? The reason there are a variety of arts is that each style comes from a specific culture within a geographical location. Some arts focus on stick fighting because that was readily available. Styles like Kali, Eskrima, and Arnis are all known for their weapons development in the skills with sticks because in the Philipines sticks/bamboo are in abundance. So, they developed a self defense that utilized stick like weapons and are amazing to watch. The style of art is very close to the location where it was created. Some of the more popular martial art styles here in the U.S. are Jiu-Jitsu from Okinawa, Karate from Japan, Kung Fu from china, and Taekwondo from Korea.
It All Boils Down To…
No matter what style you or anyone else studies it all comes down to 3 basic styles; punching, kicking, and wrestling. The style is made up of those elements through different combinations and uses. If it’s only focus is punching then it is called boxing. If the primary focus is on kicks then most likely it is Kickboxing or Taekwondo, and if wrestling then it is obviously wrestling or possibly JiuJitsu. Now up until about 10 years ago there were styles that focus on 2 of the 3 elements and that is as far as it would go. However, with mixed martial arts there is a blending of the elements and there is no longer a cut and dry distinction.
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