Martial Arts Styles « St. Augustine Martial Arts

Martial Arts Styles

Martial Arts Styles

TaeKwonDo

According to Grand Master Park, TaeKwonDo is the Korean Art of unarmed fighting. Its earliest roots have been traced back more than 2,000 years! TaeKwonDo is known in its earliest form as Taek Kyon. This fighting art has developed over the centuries since its creation into a deadly self defense system and immensely popular international sport that it is today (Black Belt TaeKwonDo, 2000)

Muay Thai

Muay Thai is a hard martial art from Thailand. Muay Thai is referred to as the “Art of Eight Limbs” because it makes use of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes, thus using eight “points of contact”, as opposed to “two points” (fists) in Western boxing and “four points” (hands and feet) used in sport-oriented martial arts (Wilkepedia.org).

The art has a long history in Thailand and is the country’s national sport. Muay Thai as it is practiced today varies significantly from its ancestor muay boran, such as in its use of gloves similar to those worn in Western boxing (Wilkepedia.org).

Kobudo

The Ancient Art of Weaponry. An Okinawa weapon is a weapon developed from farming tools and employed in the fighting system known as kobudo. The study of the traditional weapons associated with Ancient combat on Okinawa and elsewhere in Asia. Our program consists of learning skills with Ancient weapons such as the boken, nunchuka, bo, kama, and the Sai.

The weapons arose due to restrictions placed upon the peasants that meant they could not carry arms. As a result they were defenseless and developed a fighting system around their traditional farming implements. Commonly used farming tools were the Bo Staff, the Nunchaku, Sai, and the Kama.