Martial Arts Origins: An Introduction

Although martial arts are commonly studied for various reasons, they share a single objective: To defeat a person or defend oneself from a physical threat. Some of these origins include Buddhism, Shinto, and other religions. Martial arts are also associated with East Asian cultures. Although some of these are linked to specific religious or spiritual beliefs, others are not.

Throughout Europe, there was a variety of combat martial arts that were known as Historical European martial arts. They are being reconstructed and are being used by various organizations. One of these is Savate, which was a French style of kicking that was developed by street fighters and sailors.

In the Americas, Native Americans hold a tradition of open-hand martial arts, which includes various forms of wrestling. Hawaiians and other individuals have also historically practiced arts that feature large joint manipulation. The movements of Brazilian martial arts known as Capoeira were inspired by skills that slaves brought with them from Africa.

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