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For oldest, please refer to What is the oldest documented Eastern Martial Art that is still practiced? and What is the oldest martial art?. Also see What qualifies a school or business as a legitimate martial arts system? In general, there is no formal certification or approval process for martial arts. There may be rank systems within an art like karate or ...


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I totally agree on the pedantry stuff, and i think that it is really depending on what each person thinks about it. For me, a kind of Martial Art has a tradition, a specific form or style or is following certain rules. I believe that there is also some kind of beauty in those 'Arts'... I personally would even go further and divide Martial Arts and Combat ...


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Similar to Sardathrion's answer the definition on Wikipedia is Martial arts are codified systems and traditions of combat practices, which are practiced for a variety of reasons: self-defense, competition, physical health and fitness, entertainment, as well as mental, physical, and spiritual development. I and several members of the MA project there ...


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The Oxford dictionary defines martial art as Various sports, which originated chiefly in Japan, Korea, and China as forms of self-defence or attack, such as judo, karate, and kendo. Merriam Webster defines martial art as any one of several forms of fighting and self-defense (such as karate and judo) that are widely practiced as sports And ...


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According to Wikipedia, it was introduced to the UK by Edward William Barton-Wright in 1898.


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If we're talking umbrella terms, I tend to think of martial arts as anything that is a codified system of movement which currently, or has roots in the past, of being used for combat. This covers everything from currently combative focused methods, to sports, to cultural practices. There's a lot of waving around "true martial arts" but I think it's totally ...


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This is an excerpt of the commentary from Bagua Linked Palms by Wang Shujin (pp. xxi-xxii) , with translation and commentary by Kent Howard and Chen Hsiao-Yen. This describes Dong Haiquan, the source of modern bagua. Modern scholarship has brought a more critical eye to bear on both Dong's life and the development of Bagua Zhang. Through extensive ...


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I heard about Glima. Have a look... https://youtu.be/z7UfuzVbI4A and http://www.viking-glima.com/combat.html There is also another site about historical long-sword fighting aka Historic European Martial Arts: http://www.hemac.org/


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On this site, I see differentiation of self defense from martial arts, with self defense being more what I would expect in seminar classes (avoidance, understanding crime) rather than years-long study. Refer to Which martial arts focus on self defense?. I am generally confused about the jargon applied to this classification as well.


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In Hiroshima and northern Japan where Maeda was from there are native Ryu of ground fighting and wrestling. The confusion is that everyone finds it shocking that there are these waza apart from BJJ. Some BJJ people think it is new. in Judo the sport had ability to take a knee and initiate newaza to avoid an opponents throw until the 60s. Perhaps for a draw ...



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