Martial Arts and Its Origin

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Martial Arts and Its Origin

Modern martial arts are more common in the West. Some details about the syle are: they have more tricks and flips, go at a very fast pace, and require balance and leverage. Also, they are more complex and flashy, use faster versions of weapons, and have series of twirls and flips. Finally they have origins in the Tang Dynasty through the Shaolin Monks. Both styles have common roots and have been here for thousands of years.

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Both traditional and modern martial arts have similarities and differences. Traditional styles are the forefathers of modern martial arts. Traditional styles use a variety of weapons, such as the sai and tunkua, they are much slower, and more warlike. For example, Kobudo means 'Ancient Warlike Style.' You see a lot of traditional styles in Tae-Kwon Do, Kung Fu, and Judo. Finally, the two major influences are from the Baekje, Silla, and Goguryo dynasties of Korea and the Tang dynasty in China.


Shaolin Monk

Map ofKorean Dynasties

DescriptiveThese weapons all had the same targets: high, middle, and low. The bo was originally used to carry heavy loads of crops and water. They can break bones and be used to fling sand. Also the sai were used by the police and military officers. The sai can be used to stab the throat, thrown, or catch weapons in the prongs. Next, the tunkua was used as a mortar or hand mill. They can be used to cut open foreheads. Finally, the nunchaku was used to crush beans or used as a horse's bridle. Now they are used to smash eye. There many different weapons with different uses.

Compare & Contrast

SequentialMatayoshi Shinpo Sensei was born on December 27th, 1921 in Yomitan Village, Okinawa. First, in 1937 his father, Matayoshi Shinko, introduces Shinpo Sensei to Okinawan Kobduo. Second, in 1938 he trained in Kanagawa-Ken, Japan for 19 years. Third, in 1957 he came back to Okinawa and started his Goju-Ryu dojos. Fourth, in 1960 he opens the first Kobudo Kodokan dojos. Also in 1960 the RKA, Ryukyu Kobudo Association, was formed. Finally on September 7th, 1997 at the age of 76 Matayoshi Shinpo Sensei died.

Matayoshi Shinpo Sensei

Cause & EffectHere are 3 simple reasons why Kobudo was created. The effect is that the style survived and is still practiced. First, the peasants felt a need to be protected from pirates. So, the fishermen developed weapons like the eku and nunti. Also, insurrections made them scared of others. The insurrections happened because when China captured Okinawa people protested. Finally, Samurai oppression scared the commoners. So, the farmers used weapons like the kama and staff. These are the reasons for the creation of Kobudo.

Right: KamasLeft: EkuBottom: Nunti

Martial Arts & Its Origins By Lincoln Miller


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