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The history of the martial arts is complex and not well documented however, some evidence of early martial arts is known. There are many different forms of martial arts and each has its own unique beginnings but from a global perspective, certain cultures had a tremendous impact on the evolution of martial arts. Contemporary martial arts' history is often attributed to the Asian cultures but in fact there were forms of martial arts in practice on nearly every continent of the globe for thousands of years. martial arts

The early Greek culture practiced a martial art known as Pankration, the art of complete strength. The art itself is comprised of a mix of combative styles including wrestling, grappling, and throws as well as boxing techniques. The earliest records of Pankration being practiced is around 700 BC but all indications are that this fighting style had most likely been in use for a long time before that and it is still practiced to this day.

Sambo was officially recognized as a sport by the National Committee of Physical Culture of the USSR in 1938 but its origins go back to ancient times. The combat style incorporates many diverse and ancient forms of wrestling and is now taught to the Russian military for hand to hand combat training. Russian Sambo is now recognized as one of the three international wrestling styles by the International Amateur Wrestling Federation and it continues to grow in popularity.

The ancient Romans also practiced martial arts but with a different approach. Roman martial arts training incorporated various weapons and shields in the style for good reasons. Tournaments of combative skill were usually to the death and not always against another human. Early Romans enjoyed the contests between man and beast in a fight to the death. These matches made the use of weapons a necessity and in turn, produced some very effective fighting techniques that have stood the test of time.

Though most cultures practiced some type of martial art, the majority of the contemporary fighting systems owes their roots to the Asian cultures. With records of martial arts being practiced in China as early as 5000B.C, the Chinese influence on modern hand to hand combat is unmistakable. Though historians attribute many of the techniques of Chinese martial arts to the Indian monk Bodhidharma, the early Chinese were practicing some form of fighting styles long before his arrival. However, Bodhidharma is responsible in large part for developing and recording early Chinese martial arts techniques. martial arts

Japan's influence on the martial arts world is also substantial. Karate, originally developed in Okinawa, made its way to mainland Japan very early on but was only officially accepted in 1921. Kyudo, the way of the bow, is one of Japan's earliest known martial art. Kyudo is an archery form developed well over 2000 years ago and still very much alive today. martial arts

Influences from Korea include Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido. Tae Kwon Do originated around 1300 years ago and is Korea's oldest surviving martial art. Utilizing many of the same principles and philosophies as some Chinese martial arts, this combat form can be traced back to Buddhist monks who studied first in China and then brought their teachings to Korea.

The history of the martial arts is as diverse as the styles that were practiced. One commonality among all of the worlds fighting arts is that they arose out of a need for self-defense. Some are more practical than others but it can be said that each martial art offers the practitioner a unique and effective approach toward defending oneself. With this in mind, exploring various styles of martial arts will provide the most comprehensive understanding of hand to hand combat and will infer upon the student the flexibility that comes with multiple styles.
 

Traditional martial arts styles can be categorized into either soft, or hard styles. Although each individual martial art has some elements of both hard and soft techniques, the central principle of each martial art defines whether it is labeled hard or soft.

Tae Kwon Do, with its rigid stances and powerful strikes is considered a hard approach or style. It meets hostility with speed and power and a proactive approach. Tai Chi Chuan is best known for its soft, evasive techniques that meet aggression not with force, but with subtle redirection. The terms hard and soft do not indicate the effectiveness of each style but rather what principles each martial art adheres to. Most practical styles incorporate both hard and soft elements making them very well rounded and very effective.

Modern fighting systems, as opposed to traditional martial arts styles, tend to combine elements from a variety of different arts into a practical self-defense form. Jeet Kune Do incorporates this philosophy in its defense techniques. The understanding that adhering to strict ritualistic elements of only one martial art is contrary to practical self-defense is very important in modern fighting systems. Taking the practical elements of each fighting style and incorporating them into your own style is largely what Jeet Kune Do teaches.

The ability to remain fluid in combat, not rigid or predefined in your movements, allows for the great flexibility and spontaneous actions. Understanding both soft and hard elements allows the ability to be creative in a combat situation. Drawing from various martial arts to create a personalized approach to self-defense is the most practical approach.
 

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MARTIAL ARTS HISTORY MUSEUM - Preserving the history of Martial Arts.

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Spartan Academy - Grandmaster Jim Arvanitis
The Spartan Academy of Martial Arts is the premier facility for specialized training in pankration, a Hellenic (Greek) martial art and combat sport which was first practiced over 3000 years ago during the time of Plato.

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K.I.K.A - www.kika.org.uk - Martial Arts resource from the UK

Aberdeen Jiu Jitsu Academy - Self Defense Solution for Aberdeens community

GIRLS IN KARATE - A website that is dedicated to featuring girls that are in the martial arts, 

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Aikido.com
Lineage of Morihei Ueshiba, dojo search, events calendars, discussion areas, publications and links.
AikiWeb Aikido Information
A large and highly organized resource for Aikido information including dojo listings, articles, and discussion forums. Maintained by Jun Akiyama.
MattFurey.com
Training books and videos on the martial art of wrestling and the grappling arts, by World Kung Fu Shuai-Chiao champion Matt Furey.
Ironheart Crown
Full Contact Submission Prize Fighting. Video sales of title bouts.

DOJO2000.com

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Everything for Martial Arts
Comprehensive information on all styles of martial arts.

Martial Arts Network
Forum, events and links on a variety of martial arts related information.
Martial Arts World
Club listings, online shop, articles, styles and general information relating to all types of martial art
Tiger Schulmanns Karate Centers
Listing of over 35 Karate centers on the east coast
World Jeet Kune Do Federation
Information about Mr. Hargrove.
World Tang Soo Do Association
General information, regional listings, studio profile, master profile, events, membership and FAQs.
Master Kim's Karate Tang Soo Do Academy - Tampa Karate
Karate for the whole family from the masters that instructed Chuck Norris in traditional Tang Soo Do Karate. Special women's self-defense classes, karate for kids, and all ages adults class available now in Tampa Bay Florida.
True Ip (Yip) Man Wing Chun Kung Fu
Training, journal, masters, news and projects, schools, supplies, photographs and certification.
International WingTsun Association
Official representative of the Leung Ting WingTsun Kung Fu system. Information on WingTsun, local branches and seminars.
Wing Chun World
Information about Wing Chun Kung Fu (not affiliated with a school), encouraging an atmosphere of cooperative learning where all can share their knowledge, to learn from their seniors and to help their juniors.
American Judo and Jujitsu Federation
An organization linking dojos all over the world to promote DanZan Ryu Jujitsu. Contains background, links, membership details, photographs, supplies and general information.
United States Ju-Jitsu Federation
Membership details, general information, schedule of events, news, club directory and competitions. Features merchandise, biographies, image archives, links, message board and search.
Jujitsu America
Organization to promote better understanding of the art of Jujitsu. Lists dojos, membership details, instructors, events, principles, history, links, supplies and miscellaneous information.
Kung Fu Online
A source for information about the Chinese Martial Arts. Lists features, library, web directory, school listing, chat room, round tables, online supply shop, and event calendar.
The International Kickboxing and Kung Fu Organisation
Teaching Lau Gar Kung Fu. Membership details, FAQs, class locations, tuition information and equipment. Clubs throughout the UK.
World Independent Chinese Martial Arts Federation
Worldwide certification service for all Chinese styles and systems. Information for schools, ranking system and general background.
FightingMaster.com
Online self defense publication. Listing every style and tradition of martial arts from Aikido to Thai Boxing
DropKickIt.com
Information on popular martial arts and self defense systems. Features Taekwondo, Kendo, Judo, Jujitsu, Capoeira, Karate and Kung Fu amongst others. Includes descriptions of the style and photographs.
Progressive Tactical Systems
Offering a variety of programs in Jeet Kune Do. Instructor biographies, courses, self defense and illustrations. [Milford, CT]
Academy of Jeet Kune Do, Dallas, TX
The Academy of Jeet Kune Do in Dallas, TX teaches the authentic teachings of Bruce Lee to Ted Wong to Marco Hernandez
United Kingdom Tang Soo Do - Moo Duk Kwan Federation
United Kingdom organization affiliated with the International Tang Soo Federation. Site offers news, TSD history, information on classes in the UK, and grading information
Australian Tang Soo Tao Federations
Tang Soo Tao is the scientific use of the body, mind and spirit in self-defense. Locations in Melbourne, Geelong, Darwin, Maroochydore, Canberra.
Kickboxing.com
Schools, photos, links, chat, software and related information.
Kickboxing.net
Learn about kickboxing with live streaming classes. Includes tips on martial arts training, diet, fitness and weight management, movie stars, fights, message forum and chat.
Ring of Fire Kickboxing
Site dedicated to promoting Full Contact Kickboxing, Oriental Rules, and Grappling for men, women and children. Covers results, upcoming events, message board, photos, videos, equipment, World champions, schools, links to other kickboxing sites.
Shaolin Home Page
Offers information about the Shaolin Temple and Shaolin Kung Fu. Includes pictures and forum.
Shaolin Gung Fu Institute
Style description, history, overview, philosophy, temples, letters, kwoon and FAQs.
Chinese Iron Palm Method
An explanation of the Chinese method of body hardening and Iron Palm training
Iron Palm 1
Details about the Huc Chung style of Iron Palm, including hand position, training and exercise. Written by Guy Savelli.
BalisongXtreme
Techniques for the butterfly knife for the beginner, intermediate and advanced practitioner. Includes tips and tricks, message board, video clips and links.
World Eskrima-Kali-Arnis Federation (WEKAF) USA
Listing activities in WEKAF and promotion of Filipino martial arts.
Filipino Martial Arts Magazine
Online resource containing school directories, who's who, techniques, gallery and general information.
Taekwon-Do Times Magazine
Tae Kwon Do, fitness and health publication, includes contents of current issue, list of back issues, calendar of events and subscription information.
Dojang International
Huge Dojang Directory for Korean martial arts only including taekwondo, hapkido, tangsoodo, kumdo, and hwarangdo.
Taekwondo Bibles
Articles on the philosophy behind this sport.
GRANDMASTER.CC
Everything for Martial Arts, great site to visit