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Martial Arts

 

 

Martial arts are practiced for a variety of reasons, including self-defense, competition, physical health and fitness, as well as mental and spiritual development.
 

Kung Fu

 
martial_arts3Kung Fu is more than physical exercise it helps to develop your energy levels and clear the mind. It can help relive stress and improve clarity of thought.
 
 
Self-defense is the essence of Chinese martial arts and where it all stems from. Kung Fu teaching should always instruct students to avoid fighting, but that the ability to defend effectively means growth in self-confidence. 
 

History

 

Kung Fu was developed in China many years ago, however depending on the area you were from, greatly affected the type of Kung Fu you were practicing. Northern styles of Kung Fu are far more energetic in their style than that of their southern friends. They practice fast rapid movements focused on the upper part of the body while the southern style is more centered on the lower part of the body and getting the opponent straight to the floor. 
 
 


 

 
 

Muay Thai

 

martial_arts1Muay Thai is focused on body conditioning and is a combat sport that originates from Thailand. It combines tight fist techniques with striking movements. Almost all techniques in Muay Thai use the entire body rotating the hip with each kick, punch, elbow and block. 
 
 

Elbow

The elbow can be used in several ways as a striking weapon: horizontal, diagonal-upwards, diagonal-downwards, uppercut, downward, backward spinning and flying. From the side it can be used as either a finishing move or as a way to cut the opponent's eyebrow so that blood might block his vision. The diagonal elbows are faster than the other forms, but are less powerful.
 

Kicks

The two most common kicks in Muay Thai are known as the thia - foot jab and the te chiang - kicking upwards in the shape of a triangle. Muay Thai also includes other varieties of kicking such as the sidekick and the back kick.
 
Khao dot – the boxer jumps up on one leg and strikes with that leg's knee.
Khao loi – the boxer takes a step, jumps forward and strikes with that leg's knee.
Khao thon – the boxer simply thrusts their leg forward but not upwards, unless he is holding an opponents head down.
 
 
 

 
 

Karate

 
martial_arts2Karate may be defined as a weaponless means of self-defence. It consists of dynamic defensive techniques using all parts of the body to their maximum advantage.
 
 
Karate is divided into three elements:

 

Kihon - drilling of stances, blocks, punches, strikes and kicks

Kata - pre-arranged forms simulating combat situations
Kumite - sparring (free fighting)
 
The object of true karate practice is the perfection of the person through the perfection of the art.
 
In our everyday lives we often forget the value of exercise to both our physical and mental health. The practice of karate tones the body, develops coordination, quickens reflexes, and builds stamina.
 
 

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