When people hear the term martial arts, some will think of karate, some will think of kung fu, and some may even think of tae kwon do. The main thing all these types of martial arts have in common is that they are all a style of fighting. A martial art is defined as any various types of fighting arts of combat, armed and unarmed, or self-defense. (World Book 233) Through research, it seems that martial arts was originated in the Middle East in the year 3000 B.C. (Porta). Now, the most popular countries that practice martial arts are China, Japan, and Korea. Martial arts is a multiple style of fighting that is practiced and has an influence on people throughout the whole world. (World Book 233-234)
There are numerous different types of martial arts. There are types such as tae kwon do, tai chi chuan, aikido, judo, karate, kendo, shorinji kempo, muay thai, jujitsu, and wushu to name a few. There are also styles of every type so for example kendo, which is fighting using weapons, may have various styles for each weapon used. (world of tae kwon do)
Kendo, which means “way of the sword”, starts out with bamboo swords and fighters wearing the clothing the old samurai’s used to wear. One would need a hard head for this style of fighting because the hits are focused on the head and neck area. A person with speed, strong shoulders, and big arms would fit the physique of a good kendo fighter. Through time after a person has mastered bamboo and wood swords, samurai swords are used. (World of tae kwon do)
Tai kwon do is a type of fighting that originated in Korea. Tai kwon do meaning “way of the foot and hand” is best known for its high hard kicking. The head is the target of the kicks. If a person were to train for tae kwon do they would have to know how to break wood boards and stacks of concrete since it is in the training routine. (World of tae kwon do)
Tai chi chuan, or “grand ultimate fist”, i...