"Martial" is a reference to being a warrior; being trained or suited for war.
What is martial arts? ∞
The term "martial arts" has come to be generally accepted as having roots from asian martial arts, although the term "martial arts" really isn't solely a reference to any specific method.
The heart of martial arts has always been The Way [ 1 ] Capitalization - the following of a personal path or the idea of the embracing of a philosophically 'appropriate' lifestyle. Herein lies much of the philosophies of martial arts: be it Buddhism, Daoism, Zen or even combinations or "more contemporary" ways of looking at life.
Many martial arts were developed under a shroud of secrecy because of a political climate (weapons ban), or were just exclusionary and coveted. Most major martial arts remain covetous for the sake of practicality, as there are things learned by elder practitioners which would prove to be, for lack of a better word, damaging to those who are not acclimatized.
The foundations of asian martial arts are not fully known for a number of reasons. The aforementioned political climate often forced practitioners to relocate or live under assumed names. Shaolin Kung Fu training, in particular, was ferreted out and scattered by a number of groups. For the older arts, even the most elderly practitioners rarely know the true roots of their training. The loss of history and its perceived value drive many arts have towards the zealous need for the pursuit of lineage lore and for the passing of stories.
Some martial arts adhere to ancient ideas and methods, where others are combinations of other arts and "fresh ideas". Some martial arts are all about tournaments, where others eschew such things. As with so many things in this world, there are a great many varieties of martial art.
The concepts of the importance of history and lineage, ranking and promotion exists in most martial arts.. as is the importance of what may be seen as a form of root culture. Furthermore, as terminology is deeply rooted in other languages, language studies are commonplace.
~2005-08-17 - Killing the project ∞
This entire "kinds of martial art" concept was done as a means to help me grasp some of the many different choices out there. It is entirely and hopelessly disorganized, inaccurate and very possibly misleading.
It was useful for me for a time, but now it is less so. It is only here to help jog my memory and as a reference for me. Every so often I may make changes to note opinion and rumor, but rarely will I concern myself with the kind of devotion a topic truly deserves. For that I am truly sorry.
This means that you should not concern yourself with the hopelessness of a topic.
Out of all of this mess I did learn what I meant to.. more of myself.
Major topics ∞
- Martial arts terminology
Stuff online ∞
- GrandMaster Nam Anh's tales (archives)
- First published in Inside Kung Fu Magazine July/1992
Someone once spoke to me about fighting like a "mad dog". Fine, but what do you do with a mad dog?
just some random notes
- Clothing / Uniforms
- Training equipment
- Gear / Toys
- School equipment
Stuff from Geoff Thompson
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