Martial Arts FAQ

1.) Isn’t Martial Arts just another way to say Karate?

A: No Martial Arts is a word that covers every style there is. It literally means, “combat arts.” Anything that teaches someone how to fight can be called a martial art. Karate is only just one style.

2.) Don’t Martial Arts only come from China and Japan?

A: The better-known styles such as Kung Fu, Karate, Kendo, Judo, and Jujutsu all come from China and Japan respectfully. But they are many styles that come from other countries. Muay Thai from Thailand, Krav Maga from Israel, Savage from France, Boxing from America, Capoeira from Brazil

3.) Do you have to buy that white uniform?

A: The white uniform, called a gi, is more for the traditional styles like Karate, Judo and Jujutsu. Styles like Krav Maga allow students to practice in their streets clothes.

4.) Why do you yell after you throw a punch or a kick?

A: The yell is called a kiwi. It is the equivalent of a battle cry and is used in traditional styles to startle opponents, empower the user and distract possible other opponents. It is surprisingly very useful.

5.) Is any of that stuff useful in everyday life?

A: Martial Arts not only teaches how to defend you, but it gives people a sense of confidence and pride. It can give bullied kids the courage to stand up to their bully. And it can save your life if you have trained properly.

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