Kung fu is a word that has been phonetically “borrowed” from the Chinese vocabulary in English to describe Chinese Martial Arts. However the literal meaning of Kung Fu would be working or achievement intensity. Kung Fu thus means a technical fighting skill that was brought into existence by the necessity of self-defence, military training and lastly hunting. The Chinese martial arts may have originated during the legendary and semi-mythical Xia Dynasty which was more than 4000 years ago. The Yellow Emperor Huangdi had inducted the Chinese martial arts into regular practice.
The Spring and Autumn Annals, dating back to the 5th century BC contain the very first, reliable mention of Kung Fu. This mentions hand to hand combat theories that have been categorized into “hard” and “soft” techniques. This combat system is mentioned in the Classic of Rites and includes throws, joint locks, strikes, pressure point attacks etc. The Poems dating back to the Tang Dynasty have immortalized the picture of sword dances. However the modern concept of Wushu can only be attributed to the Ming and the Qing Dynasties.
It has been evident over the ages that the social structure and the Chinese society as a whole has been shaped to a great extent by the ideas associated with the many different forms of Kung Fu. The very foundation of any Chinese martial art is the Basics; these are made up of the rudimentary techniques of stances and other conditioning exercises. This aims at making the body agile and strong at the same time for throwing, striking, restraining and grappling. It strengthens both the Internal and external aspects of the student. The most intriguing is the concept of Qi, which is regarded as the internal energy or “life force”. Many styles emphasize on focussing Qi to one point while striking to bring about maximum impact.
Haye’s fans would be delighted to know that their favorite fighter is making plans to resume fighting- David Haye has expressed keen desire to get back on the ring if his shoulder allows.
However, the erstwhile WBA heavyweight champ, who is also known as ”The Hayemaker” has noted that his shoulder is far from recovery at present- but he is waiting eagerly for a strong fight like the by-gone days.
It was his shoulder surgery that led the famous English fighter to cancel his match against Tyson Fury one again. The need for the surgery sprang up suddenly and the sever condition of the champion’s shoulder has posed questions on his career. In fact, there have been rumors that The Hayemaker is done with his boxing career and is forced to take an untimely retirement given his critical shoulder status.
“If I am able to get the shoulder back again to throw my patent Hayemaker style, I will be ready to move by 80-85 percent”, said Haye. “I believe that 80% of my hand is equivalent to 110% of that of the other fighters.”
“At present, my shoulder is just 4% fit & with this 4 percent of fitness I cannot even think of punching anybody. I do not know about boxing & you can’t know till the rehab is complete”, stressed Haye. “You will be able to get either a 100% yes or a 100% no- however, the answer could be entirely different within a 6 months time.”
Haye was unable to fight for almost 2 years now, since 2012 July, when the champion knocked out Chisora (Dereck). He got himself involved into a press scuffle with Tyson Fury that resulted in a fight scheduled for 28th September, which was further postponed to 1st quarter of 2014.
I have heard many people asking whether in martial arts it is possible and also advisable to strike back with power once you have been hit with the same power. For instance, if one participant gets punched with a powerful hit, what chances he or she has to be successful in punching back with the same power? The thing is that it is possible to apply a counter punch of the same power in order to hit back successfully.
However, there are some things that you need to know of prior to punching back. Here they are:
* When at first the attacker punches you in the face, you will be tempted to respond with the same manner: punch back in his or her face. But this is not a way to go, because it can all go down to surviving the beating and this is not what martial arts are after.
* Also it is not recommended to punch back at the same time because there could be two forces knocking at each other leading to undesired injuries, such as crashed knuckles that leave you both unable to continue the fight.
* Another thing to keep in mind is to try and avoid the contact of the punch. Since there is no rule to obey to in this situation, you can easily try and avoid the punch whenever this is possible. But if you have a power punch that is perfected you can consider using it as counter punch. This can be done as follow:
- Use the step-to-the-side move or you can deflect the punch of the attacker and launch instead a hit in one of his or her vulnerable area.
- Use the power punching through or over the opponent’s punch. This is again part of the deflection move and is not similar to force against force motion.
- Consider keeping a safe distance from the opponent attack area because you can have a better perspective of their future moves or intentions of moves. This will enable you view better any opening that is favorable for your next hit.
- While you are staying a little bit out of range, you can have move your body in a rhythmical way and using the counter mid-beat when a clean opening is found for the punch.
It was a really big day for Richmond’s Apex Martial Arts, when they sent fifteen athletes to compete in the fourth annual IBJJF Pan Kids 2012 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championship, and thirteen of these athletes came back home with a whopping thirteen medals. This competition is held at California, and is the biggest Jiu Jitsu event held in all of North America. There were athletes from all over the world, from Brazil, England, Japan and USA, who participated in the event.
Marcy Hilario, who is an instructor at the Apex Martial Arts centre, said that it was not a bad haul at all for such a small Jiu Jitsu school. Marcy was of the opinion that they have definitely made their mark in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu circuit, and is here to stay. Camille Bedard is a twelve year old, who is the owner of a grey belt, and Bedard reached the top spot with a gold medal, and he competed in the Ultra Heavy division. On the other hand, Brannon Jaurigue, an eight year old, emerged the victor in the Pee Wee Three Heavy Category. What is of utmost importance here is the fact that these contestants are just kids, and there is a long journey ahead of them yet, and it can be surely said that if they can perform this well now, at this ripe and tender age, they will definitely do wonders in the course of their lives in the world of Jiu Jitsu.
Jiu Jitsu is a sport of the highest level of focus and perseverance, and if these kids can perform at this degree of excellence now, then it can be safely said that the world is in store for quite a few utterly brilliant Jiu Jitsu practitioners in the near future.
Ever since it originated the number of changes and variations that have been incorporated have contributed to the varied facets of jiujutsu. Each teacher or instructor has incorporated a few new moves and techniques and have thus caused the main art form to diversify into many schools or ryu. The formations of new federations help other schools, instructors and clubs. Vary rarely it has resulted in such distant branching-offs that certain schools do not consider themselves a style of jiujutsu at all.
The 2000 or more jiujutsu ryu’s present during the 1600 was all characterized by certain common features. Certain old forms or schools of jiujutsu include Kashima shin ryu, Hontai Yoshin ryu, Kito ryu, Tatsumi ryu, Yoshin ryu, Sekiguchi Shinshin ryu, etc
Aikido, hapkido, judo, kenpo and Brazilian jiujutsu are certain martial art forms that have been influenced by jiujutsu. Karate and aiki styles have also been influenced by certain forms of jiujutsu to a certain extent. After the introduction of oriental jiujutsu in the west there were many inductions that led to the evolution of the traditional styles.
Traditional jiujutsu underwent several adaptations under the western instructors or teachers mainly to suit western cultures however sticking to their Japanese roots to various degrees. There are many schools founded following post-reformation in 1905, however the Danzan ryu, Jigo Tensin ryu (USA), German jiujutsu, Atemi ju-jitsu ( French), Hakko ryu, small circle jiujutsu are worth a mention.
Westernization of the martial art has led it into sports and entertainment. The “JJIF rules sports ju-jitsu” which is organized by the JJIF (ju-jitsu international federation) is recognized by the world games as an official sport. Sport jujitsu has two main variants, Duo where the attacker and defender (tori and uke) both come from the same team to demonstrate self-defense techniques and Fighting System or Free Fighting.
Marcus Almeida and Gabrielle Garcia from Brazil walked away with the black belt winning trophy and a sumptuous amount of money which amounted to $30,000 and a $10,000 respectively, at the World Professional Jiu-jitsu Championship finals in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. The four-day event was organized by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
Almeida was undoubtedly thrilled and excited over winning the tournament because there were participants from over 50 nations. He said that he had been dreaming for this day to come in his life and now it was are laity to him which was enthralling for him. At the same time, he also mentioned that he was looking forward to coming to Abu Dhabi again to participate in the nest edition of the championship. His excitement about winning this tournament lies in the fact that he considers this tournament of jiu-jitsu to be one of the best tournaments in the world.
Talking about the tournament’s final fight in which Almeida won, his extra weight in comparison to his opponent would have given him an extra advantage but he made it sure not to make undue utilization of the same. He said that the entire credit of his winning went to his coach.
On the other hand, on the women’s tournament, it was Gabrielle Garcia who emerged victors and surprised everybody with her excellent jiu-jitsu skills. Her fight was tough although it was hard for the spectators to understand. So to her the victory was worth it.
Besides the crowned prince’s august presence, there had been an arrangement of lucky draw and the two winners pulled out names of the inners and the winners got a Land Rover and a Jaguar car.