Karate – Japanese martial arts, which came to the country from the island of Okinawa, which, most likely, came from China with immigrants. Initially, the island was an independent state of Ryukyu, which in the 17th century was captured by Japanese invaders. It is believed that for the sake of guerrilla warfare, the inhabitants of the island created karate.
At the end of the 19th century, when Okinawa was just one of the prefectures of the Japanese Empire, during the selection of young men for military service, doctors noticed that the conscripts from this island who were engaged in local martial arts, were in great physical shape. This martial art was subsequently included in the school curriculum. Studying at a comprehensive school added the totality of popularity, but began to turn martial arts into military gymnastics.
In the 20th century, due to the economic downturn, many Okinawa residents moved to the main islands of Japan, bringing karate with them. But this martial art began to enjoy popularity only after the victory of a karate master over a Western boxer, which was then written in the press. The Japanese began to Continue reading
Iaido is a special art of unexpected abrupt attack or counterattack with the use of the Japanese Katan sword. Iaido does not study sword fencing, but only instant killing an opponent with an originally hidden blade. “Instant kill” is the ability to quickly draw a sword to strike, in case of danger. There is no protection in this martial art, as in kendo: a helmet, a protective vest and gloves.
The forerunner of this martial art was Iaijutsu, which was taught to all samurai. There were 2 main ideas in this discipline. The student had to train with a real sword, not being afraid to injure his opponent or mentor. Also, the student had to learn to act instantly in situations where it was necessary to abruptly go on the attack or defense without using a sword. Therefore, Iaijutsu can be seen as an addition to the art of swordsmanship. Continue reading
Judo is a fairly new Japanese martial art, created at the end of the 19th century. Gradually, his philosophy and the methods used became known to people around the world. This art was created on the basis of jujitsu. In judo, various types of punches, painful techniques and throws are used.
Unlike other percussion martial arts, such as boxing or karate, judo focuses on fighting rather than punches. Judo differs from other styles of wrestling in a more diverse technique.
The goals of judo are both the physical preparation of students, the training of their combat, and the preparation of the student’s consciousness for battle. Judo’s philosophy is mutual assistance and Continue reading