In today's society, there are several styles of martial arts, many of which have evolved from various systems that are centuries old.
There isn't a "best style" of martial art, rather the best style that suits you! "A person makes the art" It all depends on what you are looking for, how effective the teacher is at training you and how hard you work to perfect your skills.
Some martial arts focus on street self defence, some focus on competition and sport, some focus on internal energy and wellbeing whilst others focus on perfection of technique, self discipline and personal development.
Martial Arts at GIANT attempt to incorporate all of the above, however most importantly, a strong focus on health, discipline, leadership, personal development and overall wellbeing.
When coming to comprehend Hapkido or any martial art, one must look to understand the whole picture. First we must view the larger structure by which all martial arts are defined. All martial arts are created of a philosophy linked to particular techniques. These are 5 categories that will help you define philosophy in martial arts:
- The Arts Purpose
- Belief System
- Moral Values
- Philosophical Principles
- Technical Principles
The above philosophical categories are crucial to defining an art's range of physical techniques. All martial art techniques are organised into seven basic areas:
- Internal Techniques
- Healing Techniques
The differences between various martial arts are defined by the ways in which they apply and/or combine the above technical areas. All technical areas in martial arts are very similar if not the same, the differences are the philosophies of an art, which lead to its range and application of techniques.
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