Martial Arts Series II

It has been over six months since I first started the original Martial Arts series.  In the first series, I talked about five different martial arts from five different countries that each had their own merits.  While each can be considered a true martial art as well as an effective combat system in certain situations, there wasn’t a really strong connector between all five.  This time around, I have decided to make these next five and any other following series relate to each other in some way.  The theme of this series is effective street combat; any martial art that is inherently too dangerous to be used as a competitive sport.

Again, I will reiterate that a martial art is more than just a form of combat but is a way of life above all else.  Though I will refer to all as a martial art, these five are strictly combat systems in my mind because each was built and bred as purely a way of war.  Each has no true sport variation though there may be descendant arts that have their own sport variation.  I have also listed and linked the original series down below for those interested.

Martial Arts Series.
Muay Thai: The Art of Eight Limbs.
Brazilian Jiujitsu: The Gentle Art of Humility.
Pankration: The Decider of Men.
Bartitsu: The Gentlemen’s Martial Art.
Taekwondo: The Foot Fist Way.

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  1. I’m not sure I agree that Taekwondo was built and bred, “purely for war.” If I understand correctly, Taekwondo is rather modern and was created as a national sport to bring Korean’s together after the Korean war. Also, interestingly enough all the senior instructors who assisted in the formalizing of this method of fighting were all Japanese trained.

    I enjoyed the article about Bartitsu, this is one I have never heard of. Thank you for sharing and posting.

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    1. You are correct, Taekwondo is a modern martial art that was developed by Japanese-trained Koreans blending what they had learned with traditional Korean martial arts. I was referring to the five martial arts in series two being “purely for war”. Taekwondo, though effective in certain situations, is in my opinion more of a combat sport and way of life.

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