What is Martial arts: Definition and 13 Discussions

Martial arts are codified systems and traditions of combat practiced for a number of reasons such as self-defense; military and law enforcement applications; competition; physical, mental, and spiritual development; entertainment; and the preservation of a nation's intangible cultural heritage.Although the term martial art has become associated with the fighting arts of East Asia, it originally referred to the combat systems of Europe as early as the 1550s. The term is derived from Latin and means "arts of Mars", the Roman god of war. Some authors have argued that fighting arts or fighting systems would be more appropriate on the basis that many martial arts were never "martial" in the sense of being used or created by professional warriors.

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  1. makamo66

    More than one camera necessary for movement analysis?

    I found two martial arts papers that used just one camera to analyze movements and the rest of the papers that I viewed either used MOVEN sensors plus software or more than one camera plus triangularization. I would like to use just one camera in conjunction with Kinovea software but I don't...
  2. D

    I Punching Harder than Anyone

    Hi everyone. So my attempt to try and understand something has led me here. A friend of mine and myself since we've been teenagers in the 80's have studied and enjoyed the martial arts. He much more so than me but nonetheless I've been around it and seen a lot of things, felt a lot of strikes...
  3. AidenFlamel

    Writing: Input Wanted Scientific use of Chi/Qi/not so espiritual energy

    Hi, I wanted you guys to tell me whether you like this idea I had and if you have any ideas on the implication of it, and whether it would work as I describe it or not. So, in this world I created, there is a basic understanding of physics by the scholars, but most people don't even understand...
  4. V

    Martial Arts and Physics (TKD to Fencing)

    Hey peeps! I have a very interesting problem which I need to figure out. I've trained in melee martial arts for almost 15 years. I have a very good concept of how physics works in martial arts. I am a strategist and implement various other sciences in order to read opponents and such; anatomy...
  5. A

    Best style of martial arts for self-defense?

    Might seem strange that I post about martial arts here, but it would make sense given the physical nature of martial arts. I watched a video one time on youtube titled "The physics of tae kwon do". It was very intereting, using physical laws and equations to describe why how devastating a...
  6. M

    Discussing Martial Arts: Judo, Muay Thai, and More

    In order to keep the X-Games fall thread on track, I decided to make this thread. I'm a judoka and am considering also picking up Muay Thai. Judo is so fun. Randori (bassically sparring) is quite a rush. One moment you're standing just fine, and the next you may be flying through the air being...
  7. L

    Medical Exploring the Science Behind Chi Energy and Martial Arts

    I'm not sure if this is the right subforum for this thread, but I was wondering what everyone's opinion is on chi energy (AKA qi), specifically the role it supposedly plays in martial arts and medicine. Is there any science to this, or is it just an ancient belief that hasn't completely...
  8. G

    Physics of Martial Arts?

    Does anybody know a good source for information regarding the physics of Martial Arts? I'm a long time Martial Artist and an amateur physicist, and I think a better understanding of the physics behind a lot of my techniques will allow me to refine and develop better techniques. And yes, I do...
  9. M

    Moment of inertia and martial arts

    How does moment of inertia apply to all the martial arts kicks, punches and other moves?
  10. C

    Martial arts and the sixth sense

    Hi everyone. I've heard that martial artists can somehow foresee an event before it actually happens. There is a test in which the student kneels, and the teacher behind him strikes with a sword, and so the student must avoid the strike by rolling. According to the people that have passed this...
  11. C

    Exploring the Physics of Martial Arts

    Taking martial arts they use a bit of physics to try to explain why we do certain things. Our instructor will tell us to manipulate our hands or feet so that we hit the target with less surface area. I understand the concept that the less surface area you hit with the more powerful it will be...
  12. G

    Exploring Real Energy in Yoga, Martial Arts & Healing

    i wasn't sure where to post this since I'm not sure if it's a real energy or not but ah well... you know how in yoga some forms of martial arts or sometimes self healing techniques... maybe even hypnosis, i forget, but people mention sending the 'energy' here or there. like in yoga phrases...
  13. R

    Shaolin Philosophy: A martial arts philosophy

    I am practically getting obssessed with this philosophy/martial art. It is very deep. If anyone here has ever seen the Japanese show, Dragon Ball Z (which I am obessed with as well), it dramatically depicts the idea of the chi (or ki, in Japanese) which is the energy. I could explain the...