Japanese martial arts can be divided into two large groups – traditional martial arts techniques passed down through the centuries and today’s Budo, practiced like sports.
Let’s take a look at the typical subjects of Japanese martial arts to see the characteristics of a long-standing Japanese martial arts culture.
In the past, only people in Okinawa practiced this. After the Meiji Restoration (1868) Karate was popularized throughout Japan and after World War II, spreading to other countries. Karate has more than 3,000,000 disciples in Japan and about 30,000,000 people around the world.
Karate is a Japanese martial art that has both offensive and defensive stances. Techniques of attack include hitting, punching, and kicking. Again, corresponding defensive techniques are available to counter these attacks. The competition may be a series of Kata boxing pieces that show a variety of techniques or freelance craftsmanship. Some Karate dojo do not practice a single Kata exercise. Karate was originally a Chinese boxing practice developed in Japan in Okinawa.
In 1882, Kano Jigoro founded the Jutsu based on the traditional Jujutsu.
Judo is a form of fighting without using weapons, overpowering the opponent with techniques such as throwing, pressing, grasping, or locking the joints. The biggest difference between Jiao Jitsu and Jiu Jitsu is that, in Jiao Jitsu, players are allowed to punch, kick, and shove the opponent, while in Jiu Jitsu these movements are forbidden because of danger.
Kendo is a competitive sport. Marking at certain areas of the opponent is graded, the competitor uses a bamboo sword (shinai) up to 118 cm in length. Swordsmen use four types of tools to protect their bodies – a Glaze (Mask), a Do (Chest Armor), two Kotes (hand and arm guards), and a Tare. waist). Like Western swordsmanship, traditional Japanese swordsmanship has become a modern sport. Western swordsmen hold steel swords with one hand, while Japanese swordsmen hold Shinai bamboo swords with both hands.
The Japanese like Kendo as well as Jitsu, so this subject has about two million students. Like Judo, Kendo is a school curriculum and is often practiced as an extracurricular activity. The International Kendo Federation was established in 1970 and currently has about 8 million people practicing kendo outside Japan. If you have free time, you can overcome the conditions of Japanese labor export, try studying this martial art. It will help you train your health and perseverance a lot.