Martial Arts Training
A martial art, often referred to as a fighting system, is a system of codified practices and traditions of training for combat, without the use of guns or other modern weapons. Today, people study martial arts for various reasons including sport, fitness, self-defense, self-cultivation (meditation), mental discipline, character development, and self-confidence. There are many styles and schools of martial arts. Some based in tradition and some based on current day apllications. Some Eastern martial arts have a tradition of being about more than simple fighting, which is perhaps why their practice has been seen as worth preserving in the face of their military obsolescence in modern technological culture. Certain martial arts, such as Tai Chi may also be practiced to maintain or improve mental or physical health as well as balance. In this section you will find a host of articles on all aspects of the martial arts, from the history of many styles to present day applications of some of the top martial arts moves. References will be made to almost all martial arts and their distinct forms of mental and physical training.