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Martial Arts Traditional vs. Martial Arts Sports - that's the difference

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Martial Arts Traditional vs. Martial Arts Sports - that's the difference

If that is not one and the same, you may wonder. To anticipate the answer right away: No, it is not. There are actually some differences that may surprise you on closer inspection.

In fact, I have come across much more differences than similarities. An essential basic commonality of the two would probably be the ability to defend themselves in dangerous situations.

The essential differences between martial arts and martial arts lie in the respective objectives and especially the philosophy, which take the respective directions.

In martial arts, the center is increasingly designed for the competition, with the comparison of two athletes in a sporting discipline in the foreground. And as usual for a sporting competition, the only thing that counts is the victory over its opponent.
It's about competition and winning, which ultimately serves the satisfaction of your own ego. The goal is at a competition in the foreground, less the way.

Of course, the martial arts have certain sporting aspects, but the focus here is neither on the achievement of a goal, nor serves in any way the satisfaction of their own ego.

Rather, it is about embarking on a path of self-discipline and personal development and pursuing it continuously.


The path is the destination


A way that is not about satisfying your own ego, but rather about controlling it.

A path that not only helps you to be more attentive, but also includes all the philosophical backgrounds that Far Eastern martial arts have to offer.

A path that teaches you to use dangerous techniques in the event of an emergency, thus serving your own as well as the good of the community.


Martial Arts - The Origin of All Martial Arts?


Martial arts emerged - not infrequently during wartime - out of necessity to protect against both armed and unarmed attackers.

Especially during times of war, when it was a struggle for life and death, one could not help gaining certain advantages through unfair means, which have not changed in principle until today. These unfair techniques ultimately aim to incapacitate his opponent in as short a time as possible. Size, gender or age of the attacker play a minor role.

In martial arts it looks different. Weight and age play a major role here. In addition, techniques designed to cause maximum harm are strictly prohibited.

Hits on the neck, eyes and genitals, for example, can cause serious injury and are extremely inappropriate from a sporting perspective. So there are clear rules in martial arts are given to prevent serious injuries. After all, the ring is about a sporting competition and not about life and death.

In an attack on the street, however, this looks completely different. There is no referee who takes a fighter out of combat as soon as this combat is incapacitated.

Also on the fairness is taken in a fight outside the ring no consideration. It is only and alone to secure one's own survival. All means are right.

Given the historical background, the different regulations in martial arts, as well as the gender segregation and the weight classes, it is quite clear that all martial arts emerged from the martial arts.


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