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The Art of War in Asia
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The Art of War in Asia

Did Martial Arts Originate in Asia?

When people talk of martial arts, especially the Western folk, they cannot avoid associating it directly with Asia, primarily China. Some of the most popular martial arts today such as Tae Kwon Do and Karate, and a host of others clearly define their Asian origin by name. It seems almost an inevitable conclusion that martial arts were founded in Asia.

I started to gain interest in martial arts when I decided to make China my next vacation destination. In fact, I’m on my way to Beijing next week for the upcoming {World Poker Tour} (WPT) on December 14 to 17 at the MGM Grand Sanya Resort. Although I’ll only be in the audience watching a friend, since I’m not yet ready for live play I and am still having difficulties winning my practice games on online, I’m sure this trip will be fun.

My intense passion to finish my practice games on is equal to the interest I gained in answering the question: Did martial arts originate in Asia? At first glance, it does appear as if Asian countries hold something of a monopoly on styles that are encapsulated within a structured framework within martial arts. But can we somehow convince ourselves that the other ancient countries outside Asia did not have a marital system or something similar to that?

After reading books and online research, it seems that European countries boast two famous martial arts; boxing and wrestling. Historical evidence leads to the fact that boxing is one of the most popular sports and was prevalent in Ancient Greece, England and Rome. Although it is believed that in Ancient Rome, boxing involved slaves and criminals fighting for their chance of independence, some facts also point to free men fighting for competition and the spirit of sport. Both wrestling and boxing are forms of martial arts, however it lacks a structured framework for individuals learning the sports, which was a principle implemented by the Asian civilizations. These frameworks were, and still are used frequently to train practitioners worldwide.

It’s probably safe to say that European’s knew their martial arts, considering the number of wars they fought, but so far, their techniques weren’t as robust and advanced compared to Asian countries. This perception can be backed up by the numerous blockbuster martial arts action movies in Hollywood such as the iconic 1973 movie {Enter the Dragon}, which gave Bruce Lee his worldwide fame and projected specialist martial arts to the world.

After further research and evaluation, I believe the perception that Asian martial arts has proved superior compared to others is probably due to the fact that the certain forms of martial arts evolved far quicker than the Western worlds take on this ancient form of self-defense. Today, martial arts has learned to adapt to new techniques. In addition, some techniques have been forces to cope with more common forms of violence that led to the development of various new systems such as {Krav Maga}, ACIME, and Jeet Kune Do.

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