China has developed different martial arts styles over the centuries. The Chinese philosophy, religions and legends have inspired numerous martial art styles through physical exercise. Their art focuses on both internal and external forces that enhance discipline and keeps someone fit.
The popular martial arts of China are Wushu and Shaolin Kung Fu. Shaolin was used by monks in combat to fight against their enemies at the Hulao battle while Wushu was developed in the 20th century and mainly focused on sparring forms.
Japan is known for Aikido, Judo and Karate besides other types of martial arts styles. This is evidently seen by the presence of many martial arts schools that teach various styles. For instance, Koryu is the main martial arts school that particularly teaches the traditional form of martial arts in the country; such as jujutsu, kenjutsu and sumo. Some of the skills taught were used in war. During the samurai and caste systems, the use of weapons was not allowed. Instead, martial arts was encouraged in the society.
In Korea, martial art was specifically used by the military. But at the moment, civilians use it for fun and physical fitness. Korea is known for Ssireum, taekkyon and taekwondo. Taekwondo gained popularity in the entire world and it’s the most successful form of martial arts in the country.
Capoeira and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) originated from Brazil. BJJ was invented for smaller and weaker people who use the technique to defend themselves against stronger opponents. Capoeira on the other hand involves dance, music and acrobatics. It involves the use of power, spins, kicks and speedy moves.