Japanese martial arts sports background

Sumo

The national sport of Japan (although no official announcement has been made), which is always considered a feature, is Japan’s national essence of sumo.

Deeply rooted in Japanese culture, sumo has a history of more than 1500 years. Legend has it that the Japanese existence was the result of a sumo match between the gods, and actually sumo originated as a form of Shinto ritual. Although it has evolved into a professional sport, the elements of these rituals are still clear, from the use of salt to cleaning the ring, to the roof like a temple hung on.
The Sumo tournament, or Basho, takes place every two months in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka and is a really great way to spend the day here. Although the pre-game antics were very rigorous and formalized, the battles were a spectacular reflection of the noise and energy when the two men were as big as the mountains try to pull, push each other out of the ring or be their super big foot.

Despite the quintessence of Japan, in recent times the number of foreign wrestlers has gradually increased and more and more non-Japanese people excel in sports and combinations of Cultural traditions bring.

Take a bento box, grab a beer and cheer on the crowd as they take their favorite Rikishi spirit to victory!

Kendo

The sport is quite lively and dangerous as kendo is perhaps Japan’s oldest martial art and has a combination of strength, skill and courage.

Kendo can be described in general as the “Japanese fence”, although the “swords” are crafted today from four large bamboo bars, often held together by leather straps. Its origin lies in the Kamakura period (1185-1333) with samurai who need to practice their swordsmanship.
They established the “kenjutsu” school for this purpose, and with the influence of Zen Buddhism, it brought about a good spirit as well as inner health. Over time, the sword was replaced with bamboo sticks, and thick, protective armor was introduced. Today kendo is introduced throughout Japan and is a sport for all ages involved.

Karate

Although it is one of the most famous martial arts in the world, the karate start is quite fuzzy. Commonly to Japanese people, the first precursor of karate is thought to originate very far from the Indian Subcontinent.

From there it was transmitted to China, where it was developed and had a refinement. Chinese merchants brought combat skills to the Ryukyu Islands in the early fourteenth century. Now included in what is called Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost district, the Ryukyu Islands were once an independent kingdom with a culture completely different from Japan. The karate that we know today has developed.

Truths that not everyone knows about martial arts

1: Right from the name, Taekwondo exists with “hands” and “legs”.

Many people who do not practice Taekwondo often think that Taekwondo only has leg blows. This misunderstanding is not so difficult to understand, since modern Taekwondo has given a lot of priority to foot-kicking techniques in both practice and competition.

However, there is a minimum of knowledge for Taekwondo students: this discipline does not forget the techniques of hand blows. Right from the name, this martial art from the land of Kim Chi had enough tea and tea (Kwon) hands.
2: MMA is not a martial art.

MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) is essentially not a martial art, but a martial arts school. After the Gracie family challenged martial artists around the world and won the Brazilian Jiujitsu martial arts, most of them won, the martial arts world recognized a comprehensive martial artist as a martial artist who could master many martial arts.
MMA has never existed a unified rule – each MMA award such as UFC, Bellator, One FC … has its own and slightly different rules. The definition of “MMA” itself does not agree how many martial arts it is required.

3: The oldest martial arts in the world does not come from Shaolin Temple
The history of Shaolin martial arts has yet to be determined clearly, most of the documents suggest that the “life expectancy” of Shaolin martial arts system is associated with Bodhidharma and Shaolin Temple – confirmed. dating back to the end of the third century AD, the saying “Martial arts of the Shaolin Temple” should review the following historical evidence:

Archaeologists have found Egyptian stone wall paintings depicting wrestling techniques, and they date … 2000 BC, before the Shaolin Temple was founded … 2300 years.

1800 BC, epic Babylonian Gilgamesh writes about weapons using weapons such as swords, axes, bows …

800 BC, Olympic was held in Greece, and appeared in many martial arts competitions like Boxing, wrestling, and especially the name of the oldest nouns that humans identified. in martial arts: Pankration.