As there is a large number of Styles and Approaches to Martial Arts,
below you will find a couple of ways to structure you questions,
comments, and responses.
Martial Arts can be categorized in their approach & use into the
1) Art & Cultural - To appreciate, to express one's self, to enjoy a
specific way of life, to preserve history.
2) Self-Defense -To protect and preserve life, to feel empowered, to
feel safe and confident, to defend.
3) Sports Combat -To be competitive, to gain the edge, to perform well,
to strive to be the best.
4) Health & Fitness -To increase longevity, to reduce stress/increase
energy, to augment physical appeareance.
5) Military Tactics -To defuse, to disable, to penetrate, to kill or
immobilize, to infiltrate.
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A brief overview on some of the arts of the world and some of their
A. Jun Fan/Jeet Kune Do
This is a non-classical Chinese Martial Art which Bruce Lee taught in
the late 1960's. Starting with Wing Chun Kung Fu at the core of his
system, Bruce Lee also incorporated Western Boxing, Fencing, Northern
and Southern styles of Kung Fu, Savate, and Muay Thai. Emphasizing the
"ranges of combat", students are taught to confidently move with ease
and flow from long distance "kicking range", to close quarters or
"trapping and/or grappling range".
B. Filipino Kali/Escrima/Pangamut
The ancient native art of the Filipino Islands, which promotes the
understanding of the use of weaponry as a means of developing superior
body mechanics for empty hand fighting. Drills and techniques taught
in a non-restrictive manner allow students to enhance their natural
attributes, and improve their sense of timing, speed, agility,
awareness, balance and confidence.
This art is known as a blend of Savate/Thai. It was designed to combine
Savate's tricky long range angled attacks with Muay Thai's powerful
middle and close range direct attacks.
D. Muay Thai
The National Art of Thailand, Muay Thai is often referred to as the
"Art of 8 Weapons" (hands, elbows, knees, legs). This particular art
form places an emphasis on the physical conditioning and cardiovascular
benefits required to practice Thai Boxing.
E. Maphilindo Silat
Maphilindo is the art that resulted from the blending of Malaysian
Bersilat, Filipino Kuntaw Silat, and Indonesian Pentjak Silat by Master
Guru Dan Inosanto. Maphilindo utilizes these Silat arts by blending
their tactical approach to their quick hand entries, off balancing the
opponent through the use of levers, close quarter punches, low line
kicks, sweeps, and throws.
F. Shooto (Shoot-Wrestling)
A popular martial art and combative sport in Japan, founded by Satoru
Sayama, is a unique blend of Russian Sambo, Judo, Jiu-Jitsu,
Catch-as-Catch-can wrestling, and thai boxing. Practitioners are
allowed to throw, tackle, take down or sweep the opponent and continue
on the ground and engage in submission and locking techniques.
G. Combat Submission Wrestling (CSW)
CSW is a comprehensive grappling system that was coined by Sensei Erik
Paulson through his many years of experience gained by competing in the
highly competitive World Grappling Events. The grappling arts that
Sensei Paulson researched and trained are: Judo, Freestyle Wrestling,
and Greco Roman Wrestling, with ground techniques and submissions from
Shooto, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Sambo. These techniques will allow
the practitioner to incorporate upper and lower body ground attacks,
body control and positioning, sweeps, take downs, set ups and
H. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art and combat sport that
focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting with the goal of
gaining a dominant position from which to force an attacker to submit.
The system is based a modified version of traditional Japanese Jujutsu
called "Jiu-do" which is based on the idea of soft overcoming the hard.
In other words, smaller, weaker person using leverage and proper
technique to defend themselves against a bigger, stronger assailant.
BJJ can be trained for self defense, sport grappling tournaments (gi
and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition.
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