The History of Fighting Styles & Systems

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"You should not have any special fondness for a particular weapon, or anything else, for that matter. Too much is the same as not enough. Without imitating anyone else, you should have as much weaponry as suits you".

~ Miyamoto Musashi ~
Aikido History Home 

 A look at the formation of the art of aikido and how it was conceptualised, created and developed by O’ Sensei Morihei Ueshiba. Aikido is unique in the world of martial arts because of the level of emphasis put on developing the practitioner into becoming a well rounded, productive member of society.....Read Article
Archery History Home

An overview of the history of archery throughout the world, from its first use by pre-civilised societies, its use in ancient warfare, its re-emergence during the medieval period and its development in the modern era.....Read Article
BJJ History Home

A look at the development of the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. After being taught judo by the great Mitsuyo Maeda, Carlos Gracie and later his younger brother Helio innovated new techniques and built a competition system that saw Maeda’s judo evolve into a whole new system, commonly known today as BJJ.....Read Article
Boxing History Home

An overview of the history of boxing, charting its development down the ages from early forms of pugilism practiced in ancient Greece and Rome, to its revival in the early modern period and the development of boxing in the modern era.....Read Article
Capoeira History Home

An overview of the history of capoeira from its early roots, its development by slaves in Brazil, how it flourished amongst criminals and its further development and legitimisation by Mestre Bimba in the early twentieth century.....Read Article
Judo History Home

A look at how and why Jigoro Kano developed the art of judo. In the late nineteenth century, martial arts in Japan were in decline so in a bid to save the knowledge that had been passed down for over a thousand years, Kano developed judo from jiu-jitsu as a sport while preserving the deadlier moves within judo kata…..Read Article
Jujitsu History Home

An overview of the history of jujitsu, from use by samurai warriors to its development as an art in its own right from the 16th century. The article also charts the further secret development of the art from the mid-19th century when martial arts were largely criminalised until the early 1950s, when jujitsu once again flourished in Japan.....Read Article
Karate History Home

An overview of the history of karate, from its creation and development on Okinawa, to its introduction to Japan by Gichin Funakoshi and from there its growth into one of the most popular martial arts in the world today.....Read Article
Kendo History Home

A look at how the sword skills of the samurai, collectively known as kenjutsu, evolved into the modern-day sport of kendo. From the rise of martial arts schools in the Edo period to their decline after the Meiji Restoration and then the rise of sword fighting practiced for sport and as a way to engender personal growth.....Read Article
Knights History Home

A brief look at the life and culture of the medieval knight. Taught to be brave, courteous and gallant, knights were also bloodthirsty warring men who were sworn to fight for their lord and king and even to be ready to die for them when necessary......Read Article
Kung Fu History Home

A brief look at the meaning of kung fu and the history of Chinese martial arts. From their humble beginnings in the Shaolin Temple in the Henan Province to their development into the diverse set of fighting systems available for practice today.....Read Article
Roman Army History Home

A look at the weapons, tactics and organisation of the armies of ancient Rome and how they evolved from a small civil militia in the seventh century BCE in to the most formidable fighting force in the known world by the first century BCE and eventually saw the fall of the Roman Empire by the fifth century CE......Read Article
Samurai History Home

A brief overview of the history of the samurai, looking at the rise and development of the leading social class in Japan and some of the cultural traits than made the samurai warriors unique.....Read Article

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