Whether you’re just a beginner or avid practitioner, Japan is a wonderful place to study the martial arts. With a variety of systems to choose from, the traditional fighting styles of Japan have something for every interest!
Are you an athlete who enjoys a good workout and the thrill of competition? Japan has many different styles of Sports Martial Arts to satisfy your urge for contact! Try your grappling hand with the famous art of Judo, which is now an Olympic sport! Also, both Kyokushin and Shotokan Karate each have different fighting tournaments with intricate rules and regulations. Osu!
Maybe you’re interested in the complex history of Japan and wish you could practice just like the samurai did back in Feudal Japan? If that’s the case, there are many different styles of Kenjutsu dedicated to the techniques of the Japanese sword, the katana! Learn how to fight, train and think like a Samurai.
It doesn’t just end with classical and sport martial arts in Japan. There are also martial arts that connect the Japanese tradition and Zen philosophy to their teachings. A famous example of this is the gentle art of Aikido, formed by Morihei Ueshiba. Used by modern Japanese Police and civilians alike, Aikido is not only a defense style of martial art but also one focused on the philosophical pursuit to self mastery. Aikido concentrates mainly on wrist and arm locks, diverting your attacker’s energy away from you rather than inflicting injury upon him with counter strikes from your fists or feet.
Japan is a country that has many different hobbies and interests to explore. However, for anyone curious about martial arts, it is the perfect place to train and better yourself in not only fighting, but living as well. The wisdom offered in the variety of styles available to you is priceless. So what are you waiting for?! Get training!!