If you thought that back pain was for the pregnant and the aged, think again! Health experts say that majority of people (8 out of 10) will experience some sort of back pain at some point in their life time. Even though upper back pain is not as prevalent as lower back pain, it is still common and very painful. It is caused by poor standing, sitting or sleeping posture, weight gain, muscle strain, overuse or injury to the discs, ligaments or muscles that support the spine. Engaging in activities that involve repetitive motion without frequent breaks also often leads to this health problem.
History of Dumbbells
Dumbbells are one of the most useful and versatile pieces of exercise equipment you can actually own. They are believed to have been invented by the ancient Greeks as a piece of equipment known as haltere. Originally, dumbbells were crescent shaped stones with a handle and were used as weight in long jump events as well as lifting weight. Later they were used by English bell-ringers as a silent way to build strength. But by early 17-th century, the familiar shape of the dumbbell had appeared i.e. with 2 equal weights attached to a handle. Today, there are a wide variety of shapes and styles and its common place is the gyms throughout the world. They are also available with both variable and fixed weights.
There has been many cases of assault and crime especially against women and children in the world. Would training in the gym or a Martial art class remedy the situation? Imagine assault occurs on 2 ladies, that assailants trying to harass the dual, how the ladies are going to protect themselves when it happened? What if the ladies are well equipped with Martial Art skills, that allow them to close in and heel-palmed stuck the assailant in the nose, follow by striking the assailants soccer style to the groin, then take the chance to flee to safety.
What is Martial Art?
Martial Arts are systems and traditional of combat practices, where an individual may use unarmed or weapon based technique to fight. China is one of the countries that have preserved traditional Martial Arts. Chinese arts like sword fighting are most competent. Unarmed Martial Arts may be Wing Chun, Taekwondo, Karate, Boxing, Muay Thai, Judo, Wrestling, Ju-jitsu and Sumo. Weapon based Martial Arts may apply Fencing(sword), Kenjustu and Kendo(archery).
Eskrima also referred to as Arnis or Kali is a renowned national sport and Martial Art of the Philippines. The art’s emphasis is weapon-based fighting with missiles including sticks, knives, bladed weapons and several improvised weapons. It involves the use of punches, kicks, takedowns and joint lock techniques with stick and sword or knife fighting techniques.
History and Background of Eskrima
At the time of World War II, Filipino fighters used the stick-and-sword techniques to fight off invaders especially the Japanese, using swift powerful movements of the sticks and knives compensating for a lack of firearms. Probably known as one of the best for its stick and knife-fighting techniques that favor parries and deflections, thereafter followed by simple counterattacks meant to stun, wound and even kill.
Has it ever occurred to you that you can be a victim of an attack on your way home? Have you ever imagined what could happen if there were no police officers to break up fights? Over the years there have been increasing tales of people being victims of assault and street fights. Albeit that in the last months, you have heard of at least three or four of such cases on the news.
Statistics might show that the incidences of street fights and assault have increased remarkably in the past few years. Although this might be true, it does not change the fact the levels of insecurity in the world are significantly worrying. How many of us feel safe running a 24/7 business? As you are reading this, can you rise to the challenge to stroll at 11 pm in a neighbourhood without streetlights? Your answer is the same as mine; most certainly not.
You might not be a professional fighter, but by now I believe that you have seen the need to learn how to throw a few punches just in case a day might come when you need to protect yourself.
What is UFC?
U.F.C refers to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, which is a private company that seeks to promote Mixed Martial Arts in America. Its history dates back to November 1993 when it was founded by Bob Meyrowitz, Rorion Gracie, Art Davie, John Millius and Campbell McLaren. At the time, the company was born from the parent company Zuffa and has its headquarters in Las Vegas city, Nevada in the United States of America.
The leadership comprises Lorenzo Fertitta who is the CEO, Dana White who is the president, Mark Ratner and Joe Silva share the deputy president post, one in charge of regulatory affairs and the other in charge of talent relations respectively. Some of the players who have really benefitted from the parent company Zuffa are Nick Diaz, Rich Franklin and Daniel Cormier who plays under light heavyweight category.
UFC is the largest premier promotion company of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in the world and features a majority of the highest-ranking champions in sports. It has also gained a lot of popularity in the various islands. The company organizes world-wide events in which ten weight divisions are showcased. So far, the company has organized more than 200 events, all of which abode by the Unified Rule of Mixed Martial Arts.
Keysi Fighting Method is a Spanish Martial Art developed by Andy Norman and Justo Dieguez Serrano since 1980 from their fighting experiences in the streets of UK and Spain. It was established to fit the needs of many people who wanted a thorough self defense system. It is well known for its close range techniques and using a double arm cover over its head (The Pensador) but came into public view when it was used in various Hollywood Films such as the Batman Begins Film. However, Justo decided to increase the number of seminars to make this Martial Art more known in the world.
The Martial Art makes use of multiple attacking ranges with or without weapons its main focus being to protect the most vulnerable parts of the body. For this reason, the art is not only about fighting physically but also about being aware of your environment and anticipating the possible moves of your opponent. With that said, to find out what this Martial Art has to offer, read this KFM review.
Japanese Martial Arts refers to various forms of Martial Arts that traces their origin from Japan. Three Japanese terms; Budo, Bujutsu, and Bugei, are used interchangeably with ’Japanese Martial Arts”. The historical origin of these Martial Arts can be traced in the warrior traditions of the caste system and samurai. The said systems prohibited the use of weapons by other society members which made the Martial Arts developed to become extraordinarily diverse, with great differences in philosophy across many schools and styles, methods, and training tools. That said, there are countless types of Martial Arts that originated from Japan.
In the old days, Martial Arts were frequently used as self-defensive mechanisms as well as in combat sports. In the modern days, Martial Arts are also being used as the most effective defensive systems during some of the most horrific situations due to their powerful capabilities. Also, Japanese Martial Arts are widely being used for body fitness purposes. The warm-ups, the drills, the rolling and many other physical training techniques that accompany these Martial Arts lets the students get in proper body shape quickly, easily, and effortlessly as they learn highly-effective life-saving skills. These Martial Arts are really engaging, fun, and captivating. Here follows a brief but in-depth description of a few of them.
Martial Arts is a science that will forever be practiced. While there are different arts ranging from Kung Fu, Muay Thai to Jiu Jitsu, nearly every practice has its place of origin. While some people practice Martial Arts as a sport, there are various reasons to learn a single art if not two. In a bid to enlighten you on the diverseness of different arts, below is an in-depth coverage with their benefits.
Throwing punches can be a good activity for a boring day. Apart from passing time, can it be of any other benefit? Yes. Due to the intense exercise involved, you are likely to develop a heightened level of athlete efficiency. First, your body benefits from the enhanced cardiovascular health due to burnt calories. Second, you will improve your hand-eye coordination due to punch timing. Lastly, your total body strength will improve due to punching of 100+ pound bags.
There are many different types of Martial Arts in the world practiced for a variety of reasons such as competition, self-defense, entertainment and even physical fitness. The arts have diverse histories and their uses in modern day may defer from one region to another. Here is a closer look at some martial arts practiced across the world.
This Martial Art is designed for the purpose of street survival. It is known for its focus on real-world situations and its extremely brutal counter-attacks. It was developed by the Israeli Defense Force to be used in real life combat situations. The idea behind it was developed by Imi Lichtenfeld, a former Chief Instructor for Physical Fitness and Krav Maga at the IDF School of Combat Fitness. The art incorporates some aspects of Karate kicks, traditional Boxing punches, Jiu Jitsu ground fighting and even Jiu Jitsu grappling.