Martial Arts Around the World

Krav Maga – Israel

Considered one of the most aggressive martial arts in the world, Krav Maga was created by Imre Lichtenfeld, a Hungarian who decided to fight against anti-Semitic criminals in the street of Bratislava (which was part of Czechoslovakia in the mid ‘30s).

Krav Maga consists of a combination of boxing, wrestling, karate, judo, and aikido. It’s considered to be one of the earliest forms of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts). But the focus is on real-life situations, so there are plenty of elements of street-fighting techniques.

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Capoeira – Brazil

Capoeira is Brazilian martial art that was created by African slaves in the 16th century. It has elements of dance and music as the slaves pretended they were entertaining themselves, but in reality they were training each other.

As the slaves had their hands chained most of the time, the majority of the attacks are done by kicks and leg sweeps. There’s also a strong emphasis on constant motion, so it’s easier to dodge attacks, but also to surprise the opponent.

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Muay Thai – Thailand

Also known as Thai kickboxing, Muay Thai can be traced back to the 18th century, when Siam (ancient Thailand) was fighting Burma (currently Myanmar). The actual meaning of the name Muay Thai is “the art of eight limbs” as it consists of punching, kicking, as well as elbow and knee attacks.

Nowadays, it’s an international sport with competitions running all year long. It’s also used as a way of recreation, physical exercise, self-defense, and personal advancement. Practitioners train heavily and need to kick sandbags to harden their shin bones!

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