Kampsport is a system of combat skills, practiced by both individuals and groups of people. It is rooted in traditional Chinese beliefs, but it has evolved over the centuries to include techniques and strategies from other cultures. Some martial arts are designed for self-defense, while others focus on fitness, competition and theatrical performance. Most martial arts styles are based on a combination of meditation, study and the repetition of movements and forms. Sparring and grappling are also part of the training process.
Early human artwork regularly depicts some form of physical duelling and combat and the sport of wrestling is believed to be the oldest known martial art. Evidence of Greco-Roman wrestling competitions has been found in papyrus dating back to the 2nd Century BC.
There are many benefits of Martial arts, not just in improving physical strength and endurance, but also psychologically and emotionally. The assimilated values of respect, discipline and tolerance help the Martial artist to build strong and healthy relationships. Their ability to control and redirect aggression helps them excel in their work and in protecting other vulnerable members of society.
The physical skills that are mastered through Martial arts training include close-range combat techniques, defensive footwork, stances and open or closed fist strikes and grappling. But these are not the only things that benefit the Martial artist; it is their mental clarity and ability to concentrate that improves their daily lives. This heightened focus leads to better decision-making in both their professional and personal lives.
Martial artists are also taught to understand the principles of balance, harmony and non-resistance. This allows them to flow with the energy of an opponent and to utilize their natural physical and psychological power.
Most people who practice Martial arts are not necessarily fighting for a living, but it is important to understand that these principles can be applied outside of the training mat. Whether it be a dispute with a co-worker, a disagreement with family or friends, or even to life in general, the martial arts teaches us to be calm and to handle conflict with maturity.
The practice of Martial arts is not without risks and injuries are common, but these can be minimized through proper training and consistent training. Injuries can range from sprains and strains to broken bones and dislocations. These are often caused by overuse of a certain part of the body, such as knees (due to the bent-knee stance typically used in most martial arts), ankles or hands. This is why it is so important to train with a qualified instructor who can guide and correct you when necessary. It is also important to take a break from the training when needed so that your body can heal properly.