Thereare many forms of martial art, Asian martial arts take up a significantpercentage of the main forms throughout the world. Modern forms include KungFu, Karate, Mixed Martial arts, boxing, jiujutsu, judo and Krav Maga. The formswhich I will focus on for the extent of this paper include Kung Fu, Karate, andMixed martial arts. Little is known about the history of Karate before itappeared in Okinawa, but it is believed to have come from an Indian monk by thename of Daruma. Karate involves fighting methods such as strikes blocks andkicks and is divided into three aspects; kihon (basics), Kata (forms), andkumite (sparring). The standard uniform used by practitioners of karate is thatof a Gi top, GI pants and a colored belt representing rank and work put intothe form. Possibly one of the most famous practitioners of Karate was Bruce LeeInternational film star and martial arts superstar, and founder of Jeet Kune Doa form of his own creation.
Kung Fu was developed in China and is one of theoldest know forms of martial arts to this day. Kung Fu originated in Shaolin,where monks practiced martial arts for health and self-defense during theirquest to enlightenment. The first temple of the Shaolin was in the Chineseprovince of Henan, and was the birthplace of the forms of the 5 animals whichinclude the tiger, bear, monkey, deer, and crane. Many other forms exist suchas the dragon, bull, eagle, and panther. The traditional dress for Kung Fuincludes northern and southern uniforms, shaolin robes. Famous actors in KungFu include Jackie Chan, and Donnie Yen whose movies inspire people of all agesto join martial arts. Karate and Kung greatly differ however as the forms inKarate are linear in pattern while those of Kung Fu develop in a circularpattern.
Mixed Martial arts is a full contact combat sport that allows bothstriking and grappling, this form uses techniques from many other martial arts.Though not many movies are made utilizing the teaching of mixed martial arts,it is a highly entertaining sport and is watched by millions. Mixed martialarts is a way for many martial arts practitioners to put their many years ofexperience in different forms into practice.