Different Types of Japanese Martial Arts
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.
Jiu-Jitsu is a form of Martial Art that originates from Japan. It is a form of combat sport and self-defensive system that focuses mainly on ground fighting and grappling. The technique traces its history as early as 1906. It’s training aims at teaching a smaller, weaker person on how to defend against a bigger, heavier, and stronger assailant by making use of proper leverage.
Morihei Uyeshiba invented the Aikido Martial Art in the year 1942 in Japan. Aikido techniques focus on turning and entering movements capable of redirecting the momentum of the attack by an opponent and a joint or throw lock that terminates the technique. The physical training in Aikido consists mainly of throws and pins as beginners learn how to fall safely and roll.
Judo was developed as a moral, mental, and physical pedagogy in Japan in the year 1882. Its main area of focus is to either takedown or throw opponents to the ground, then subdue or immobilize an opponent with use of a pin or make use of a choke or joint lock to force an opponent to submit. A student is taught to apply thrusts and strikes by use of both feet and hands as well as weapons to defend themselves.
Kendo is a modern form of Martial Art that originated from Japan. The introduction of Kendo is attributed to Nganuma Shirozaemon during the Shotoku Era between 1711 and 1715. Kendo techniques comprise both thrusts and strikes and make use of protective armour and bamboo swords. Similar to some other Martial Arts, kendo students train and fight barefoot but with more noise compared to other sports or Martial Arts. This is because they use a shout to express their spirit of fighting when striking.
Learning Martial Arts today is incredibly beneficial in several ways. To mention just a few; Martial Arts are extremely powerful self-defense mechanisms that will enable you to always overcome your opponents whether armed or unarmed regardless of their strength. They also assist you to mould both your body and mind for mental and physical fitness improvement. Martial Arts will also help cultivate a vigorous spirit for enhancement of your self-esteem and personal development. Lastly but not least, learning Martial Arts can significantly contribute to the development of valuable cultural practices that upholds high levels of discipline in the society.