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Traditional karate and Muay Thai kickboxing are totally different from each other. Both are used for self defense, but one comes from Japan and the other hails from Thailand. Lets us see at some of the basic aspects of both the forms of martial arts.
Muay Thai kickboxing
An instructor at a Virginia Beach Muay Thai kickboxing is a hard martial art that is fought without using any weapons and is mainly practiced in Thailand. Almost every style of Muay Thai kickboxing is the same with minor changes in the technique. With no major variations, Muay Thai kickboxing is called the art of eight limbs as it incorporates eight points of contact, including the use of elbows, fists, knees and shins. It is a combat sport that mainly uses stand-up strikes and clinching techniques. The numerous techniques used in Muay Thai are also found in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Muay Thai helps in teaching knowledge, moral values, discipline, integrity, and respect. It also improves the shape of the body and blood circulation, in turn making the bones and muscles flexible.
Karate developed in Japan and is widely practiced all over Asia, particularly in Japan, China, and India. The sport has faced several variations over the years, and since then traditional karate has lost its appeal with hardly anyone practicing it now. Ranging from Shotokon, Goju Ryu, Shito Ryu, to Wado Ryu, there are many different styles and associations of traditional karate. There are mainly three areas in karate, namely Kata, Kihon, and Kumite. Whoever practices karate needs to know these three areas well, which will help him or her to practice it effectively.
Karate is the technique of using hands and feet to deliver blows and to block them. It is an unarmed combat that is widely practiced as a sport. The word karate is a Japanese word, which means open hand or empty hand. It indicates that the body is the main weapon, instead of kicks, punches, blocks, and other weapons. Karate uses the power and strength of both mind and body so that they work in perfect harmony. It is not only about physical strength, but it is also about mental power. Karate is the most dynamic martial art, which is seen as a way of life rather than as a means to fight.
Both the forms of martial arts are good for children. But traditional karate is better for children than Muay Thai kickboxing. As Muay Thai is taught with passion and can sometimes injure the child, karate is taught with respect, which helps the child to develop. The main focus of Muay Thai kickboxing is fighting, while the main focus of Karate is self defense and not to hit or kick. Also, Muay Thai involves long sessions of warm ups and conditioning because it is primarily about fighting. This can cause injuries since a child’s body cannot handle so much of exertion and pain. On the other hand, karate also involves warm ups and conditioning, but it does not cause injuries as its main focus is on techniques and skills. Muay Thai is hard, aggressive, and is full of high intensity, whereas karate varies from high to low intensity where the body and mind can work at different levels.
While Muay Thai requires force and strength, Karate requires skills and mental agility. Studies have shown that Muay Thai also can result in dementia and reduced intelligence due to brain traumas. It is up to you as to which martial art, among these two, would you prefer for your child to learn. You can also talk to the instructor to gain some more insight into these two forms of martial
Continuing with the first 5 laws of Kempo, the last five laws are:
This law of Kempo says that you should avoid the blocking technique. Although blocking is necessary, it should be avoided most of the time. Rather than blocking yourself from your adversary, you should move at the exact time. This will keep you away from the kick or blow of your foe. As the old Shaolin priest said, “Avoid rather than check; check rather than block; block rather than strike….” The block is a useless move, as it does not stop the other person from attacking again. So, it is better to move your body out of the way and then counterattack. However, this technique is only for brown belts and above, as it needs better sparring skills and more experience. And, it does not mean that you cannot use this technique at all.
This law was created from the Jujutsu and Tai Chi forms of martial arts. Yin (soft) and Yang (hard) symbols explain this in a better way. This law says that you should resort to alternate soft and hard blows. If your foe uses hard blows, then you should defend yourself with the soft moves, and vice versa. Kempo supports soft blocks and hard strikes. It also uses the redirecting technique, which involves dodging your rival’s leg and then spinning his balance, in order to come back with a hard counterattack move. This will disrupt the balance of your adversary and leave him exposed.
You should keep moving and also keep your opponent moving, in order to lose his balance. A moving target is generally more difficult to hit than a stable one. There are three kinds of fighters, the statue with no mobility, the runner who is chased, and the steamroller, who comes at you. You should not be anyone of these, as all of them can be defeated. Instead, you should mix all these techniques with an upright stance and just keep moving.
According to the law of flexibility, you should be flexible in your techniques and movements, in order to win the fight. Make use of your own different attributes that make you distinct from others. Kempo is adaptable to different physiques, personalities, and spirits. For instance, a tall person is advised to kick, a short person should make use of his hands, etc. Make use of the movements that you know the best and forget about the rest.
This is the last, but the most important law of Kempo. It states that you should have a strong will to actually win a fight. Although, the moves and techniques that you use are important, still you should have the spirit of a warrior. If you have already thought that you will lose the fight, then nobody can stop you from losing. The law says that there are two main components, the external and the internal. Everything must be in unison, the external as well as the internal, your facial expressions, kiai, posture, on guard position, etc. You should be hard from the outside and soft from the inside.
These are the ten laws of Kempo, on which this martial art form works.Read More
Kempo Karate is a form of martial art that is widely known for its swift hand movements. It consists of an assortment of fighting principles and philosophies on which it is based. Among its various, techniques, movements, and principles, there are the ten laws of Kempo that every martial artist should be aware of. In this article, we have listed only five of them. The other five are outlined in the continuation of this article, namely ‘10 Kempo Karate Laws and descriptions (Part 2)’. The first 5 laws are:
The very first law of karate says that you should attack the weakness of your opponent, rather than his strength. This concept was found in the art of Bagua and Hsing Yi, that is, circular and linear, respectively. The law of the circle and line states that you should move your body with your feet and arms in a circular pattern, so as to evade the oncoming force of the direct attacks of your opponent. And, when your rival makes a move in a circular path, you must retort with a fast linear attack in a straight line.
The second law of Kempo Karate says that if you have the initiative or opportunity, then you should grab it and end the fight with your strike. This principle can have two meanings. Firstly, it affirms that Kempo is a striking martial art, in which we make use of mainly the hands (70%), and the feet (30%). This is mainly what separates Taekwondo Schools from Kempo Schools. The techniques can be changed as per your body type. Secondly, you must not wait for your adversary to attack first. You should take the first initiative and hit him with your fist, elbow, knee, feet, etc. This must be done continuously, unless your attacker is defeated.
Furthermore, it uses various grappling and throwing movements, which are not used much. Researches have shown that these techniques are only used in less than 25 percent of the fights and are mostly ineffective against numerous attackers. Additionally, grappling uses as much as four times the strength and energy of striking. Grappling is considered a last resort in case your adversary crosses the first and second line of defense, that is, your hands and feet respectively.
This law states that you should keep hitting your opponent till the fight is over and he collapses. Kempo consists of a multitude of strikes in a rapid sequence of high, low, circular, and straight. Instead of shouting (Kiai) with every blow, you should make use of strikes to defeat your rival. This way, you will not lose your energy. Your first strike should distract and astonish your adversary, the second strike should slow him, and the third and fourth strikes should enable you to hit hard. You can also make use of continuous strikes, rather than multiple strikes.
This law of Kenpo asserts that your blow should match your target. Also, it says that your target should be soft, not hard. Rather than randomly hitting on any part of your foe’s body, you should target his forehead, eyes, nose, neck, ribs, plexus, groin, or kidney. All these body parts are soft, and do not cause any fracture or injury. Also, you should not follow stiff methods to make your arms and fists hard. For instance, in Japan, the makiwara slab is used to strengthen the hands, and Muay Thai Kickboxing practitioners make their shins strong by kicking banana trees. Kempo does not advocate the use of such methods. It believes in the policy of least pain and resistance. Such hard methods have a negative effect on your body and can result in serious problems in the long run.
This law states that you should kick your rival below the waist and punch him above it. This is not said just for the sake of it, but has some serious logic behind it. High, roundhouse, reverse, or crescent kicks to the head may seem impressive, but they take time as legs cover a larger distance. With this, the groin area also becomes vulnerable to the opponent’s kick. Additionally, high kicks need more focus and balance. Therefore, high leg movements should be avoided and low movements should be used for self defense.
The rest five laws are listed in the second part of this article.Read More
The older form of Kempo was known as the Shorinji Kempo. It is a Japanese word that literally means the ‘shaolin law of the fist’. Shorinji Kempo is an empty hand fight that evolved from the traditional system of shaolin. The doctrine of Buddha says that the body and the spirit cannot be separated and that they are one. Shorinji Kempo inculcates this doctrine and develops a firm body and an unceasing spirit. Unlike other martial arts, Kempo is not only about physical movements, but it is also about mental power and strength. It involves a deep philosophy on which the concepts of Kempo are based. In order to understand Kempo in a better way, comprehending the philosophy behind its creation is necessary.
The founder of Shorinji Kempo was Doshin So, who based this martial art on the Kongo Zen principle. The term Kongo means indestructible, invincible or a permanent thing. This principle works on the dependent philosophy that everything depends on people. It says that people can change the system, if they want to change it. A good person can make a situation better and a selfish person can make it much worse.
Shorinji Kempo works on this principle and develops strong, compassionate, and reliable people, who can make positive changes to the community as a whole. The philosophy of Kempo is divided into six parts. These six characteristics of Kempo are based on this one principle that promotes strength, compassion, and balance.
This philosophy of Kempo illustrates that mind and body are equal. It says that we need to train both our body and our mind, so that we can develop physically as well as spiritually, resulting in our overall development and growth. Body and mind are inseparable from each other and both are equally important. No one can exist without the other or have any value alone. In order to realize one’s full potential and to achieve spiritual awakening, one should train both body and mind
This Japanese word means that love and power stand together. Reiki means action, strength, and intellect and Ai means love, care, and sympathy. Riki Ai Funi teaches us to maintain a balance between both strength and compassion. Strength alone is only violence and love without power is of no use.
Shushu Koju means that you should defend yourself before attacking someone. Kempo teaches you various self defensive techniques to protect yourself against your adversary. It uses counter attacks for spiritual and technical reasons. This philosophy of Kempo does not allow the defender to attack or make the first move, unless and until the opponent does so.
The philosophy of Fusctatsu Katsujin makes the students learn about protecting people without injuring them. It says that you should never hurt anyone. Kempo uses fighting techniques that are non-violent and does not cause any injury. This principle is in everyone’s favor and wellbeing and is only used to control people who want to harm others.
Shorinji Kempo comprises of both hard and soft movements, known as the ‘goho’ and ‘juho’ respectively. Each technique involves both hard and soft elements. These hard and soft elements form a complete dynamic system of martial arts.
One of the philosophies of Kempo includes the Kumite Shutai principle, which says that you should work in a group in order to reap more benefits. Shorinji Kempo requires you to coordinate with your partner and then work together towards progress. It teaches that there should be no competition with your partner.
These are the six principles of Shorinji Kempo on which this martial art form is based.Read More
Millions of people worldwide practice some sort of martial arts, and they are getting more popular every day. Training martial arts has a significant number of benefits. It’s good for your physical condition, your mental and emotional health besides, it can teach amateurs about hard work, discipline, using combat and fighting only as last resort. By intent martial arts can be divided in one of three types:
Combat oriented or self defense martial arts,
Health oriented which may teach some aspects of traditional medicine often Asian and
Spirituality oriented which can be linked with religion and be practiced by monks or nuns.
Martial arts are often spoken as fighting techniques that originated from Asia even though the term originally referred to combat fighting arts of Europe. Term Martial arts comes from Latin language and it means “arts of Mars”, Mars is a Roman god of war.
People often decide to practice martial arts because they want to learn how to defend themselves from muggers or other attackers. So here is a few suggestions: Kickboxing is a combat art in which a practitioner uses punches, knees, kicks, elbows and his head faster than attacker can react. Karate is a fighting technique in which the punches and knife lunges are inflicted straight forward not in an arc. Aikido has a few striking moves and it does not require such speed as Karate but it can be much more useful. Krav Maga Is Israel’s national martial art consisting of attack and defense moves at the same time.
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Interest in martial arts was rising after first movies starring Bruce Lee were released , millions of people became inspired by his outstanding performance of Chinese martial arts. Besides Bruce Lee, some of the most influential actors are Jackie Chan, Jean Claude Van Damme, Jet Lee and others. Today movie industry makes a lot of action movies and big component of these movies are different types of martial arts, and they attract audience and inspire them to practice that sport.
For some people it’s absolutely impossible to understand that some people like practicing and compete in martial arts, but it is indubitably a healthy and significant way to spend your time. If you choose this kind of activity for yourself, be sure to be careful and have fun!Read More