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Japanese form of weapon less self-defence, developed in the year 1920 by Morihei Uyeshiba. Aikido means: Ai = harmony, friendship; Ki = spirit, energy; Do = the way, the path. Aikido is a defensive Martial Arts System which uses the opponent’s energy to one’s own advantage. Aikido contains elements of Judo, Jiu Jitsu and Kendo/Iaido.
Arnis / Eskrima / Kali
Martial Arts from the Philippines, which teach a way of using swords, sticks and knifes. First, the defence with sticks or other objects is taught. All strikes can be executed with or without weapon.
The Art of fencing with fists is thousands of years old. Pictures of Boxers were found in a 7000 year old sumeric temple .In Egypt, Boxing is known since at least 5000 years. In the 17th Century, Modern Boxing was developed in England. In the course of the 1904 Olympics, a Boxing match was held for the first time.
This Martial Art was invented over 1000 years ago in Korea. Hap= harmony; Ki = energy; Do= the way. The movements are harmonic and natural. The punch elements were developed in the southern region, the kick elements come from the north of Korea. At Hapkido, kicks, punches as well as throws are taught.
A modern form of Self Defence frequently used for Police training. It combines elements of Karate, Judo, Boxing and Aikido.
Judo, the gentle japanese Martial Art, was founded end of the 19th Century by Jigoro Kano. It is based on Jiu Jitsu and is mainly consisting of throws and holds. Punches or kicks are not allowed.
Karate means “empty hand“. Kara = empty; te = hand, arm. Karate teaches offensive strikes, kicks and blows as well as defensive blocks. Very suitable to promote health and to increase speed and flexibility, but also self control and discipline. Karate consists of Kumite = Sparring, Kata = Forms and Kihon = Basics
This form of Self Defence originally comes from China. The proper use of fists, fingers, elbows, knee and feet and toes is taught.
This modern Art of Japanese fencing has its origins in traditional Japanese Sword Fighting. Kendo = the way of the sword. Kendo teaches, besides sword fighting, also values which are important for everyday life. Using bamboo swords and rigid body and head armours prevents injuries.
A Martial Art, which came up in the 70s as a mix of Boxing and Karate. Kick Boxing matches are fought in a ring, similar to Boxing.
Kobudo means the Art of fighting with traditional japanese Weapons, which have their origins in old farmer tools. Today’s Kobudo is similar of Karate, except that the movements are done with weapons.
Kung Fu / Wu Shu
In the western world, Bruce Lee made Kung Fu popular in the 70s. In China it is known under the name Wu Shu . This ancient chinese art teaches, among various different styles of hand and foot techniques, also philosophical values and health aspects.
Hundreds of years ago, Ninjas were the feared assassins in feudal Japan. Ninjutsu is the Martial Art of the Ninjas. It also includes Shuriken and is often taught outdoors.
One of the oldest methods of bringing body, soul and spirit in balance. Everyone regardless of age can learn the simple movements of Qi Gong. It promotes health and mental strength.
The famous Art of Self Defence from Korea, which uses Fists and especially the feet. Tae=Foot; Kwon = Fist; Do = the way. Taekwondo promotes a healthy body and a clear spirit.
The soft styles of Kung Fu are called Tai Chi Chuan. Same as Kung Fu, it consists of many different styles, which are originated in the many different regions of China. Tai Chi’s main goals are to promote general health and vitality. The movements are fluent, gentle and harmonic. Tai Chi can be practiced by people of all ages.
Also known as Muay Thai, Thai Boxing most likely has its origins in the old chinese Martial Arts. It’s the National Sport of Thailand. The fighters are bare feet; the leg is used for offence as well as defence. Punches, elbow strikes and knee strikes are also allowed in this extremely hard Martial Art.
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