The history of martial arts in the world is complex. The Asian martial arts that are credited because of their unique and fast spread all over the world followed specific cultural traditions of trainer-disciple relationship. These trainings were strictly hierarchical and can be traced back to about 350 BC according to The Art of War by Tzu Sun. Though martial arts developed and advanced very fast in Asia, it was only recently that it emerged in the US. Despite this, the growth in the USA has been very rapid with more than 1.5 million practicing martial arts by 2003. In this post, we look at the martial arts emergence into the USA.

The role of early Asian communities

While reports have been made of indigenous forms of martial arts in America, little is known about them. The interest in martial arts emerged and started spreading in the late 19th century because of the trade between Japan, China, and America. In late 19th century, martial arts were mainly performed by Asians who wanted to strengthen the perception of martial arts performances. Because the fights were less popular, only those in Asian communities participated in serious fights.

Though many local American communities in the late 19th century were not interested, it did not take long before the thrill became irresistible. When Zheng Man Ching was brought to train King Fu to Chinese in New York, his interaction with locals made him start teaching Tai Chi. Other people who helped to spread martial arts included Delza Sophia who came to the US in the 1940s after studying Tai Chi in Shanghai in the 1920s. Delza was joined by Fairbairn WE in training Combat for the OSS after working for many years in the Shanghai Municipal Police Department.  Between the 1940 and 1950s, most of the current marine programs were designed by soldiers returning from China to guard the US embassy.

The military role in the emergence of martial arts

Having seen the effectiveness of martial arts in self-defense and emerging military roles, the US military encouraged young people to learn various techniques such as King Fu and Tae Kwondo. Between 1940 and 1945, martial arts helped the soldiers to succeed in the combat so much. Most of them, who served in the army came back and formed martial art schools that helped to advance martial arts in the US. The practice grew so much that even younger people were allowed to participate in training.

Asian martial arts and contemporary media

While the emergence of the martial arts in the US mainly followed the disciplined forces by mid of the 20th century, everything became explosive when media took over in the 1950s. Bruce Lee commencing with Green Hornet brought the Chinese Kung Fu to the American media, and it became irresistible even outside the conventional competition ring. Kung Fu fever caught the entire US after the Fists of Fury of 1972 by Warner Bro. Other firms made Martian Arts so popular and demand to study them went a notch higher. By the end of the cold war, martial arts that were common in the US included Jujutsu, Ninjutsu, Akido, Judo, Kung Fu, Tae Kwondo, and Muay Thai Kickboxing.

Many people are increasingly taking to martial arts because it has been proven to have numerous health benefits. When you take to Karate, Kungfu, or Taekwondo among other martial arts, the kicks and punches do not target hurting the opponent but go a long way in boosting your health. Though many medical experts will not tell you to stop the current exercises in the gym, they often recommend specific martial arts because of associated health benefits and capability to boost confidence.  Here is an account on how martial arts can boost your health and confidence.

Improving cardiovascular health

To improve cardiovascular health, you have to be involved in activities that stress the heart in one way of another. By working the cells, muscles, and ligaments, important nutrients reach the heart and its system for faster cell regeneration. Because martial arts involves working out all parts of the body including legs, hands, head, neck, chest, and others, the heart is forced to work faster and adapt to all situations. To get better results for your cardiovascular health, it is important to also take the correct diet regularly.

The ideal way to cut weight

The problem of obesity and overweight has reached crisis levels over the last decade. When people try other methods such as dieting, the results are only short lived before the weight starts building again. However, martial arts work in three ways to help you cut on the body weight. First, about 1hours of martial arts workout every day helps to burn fat stored in various parts of the body directly. Martial arts also help to promote the production of hormones that encourage the natural burning of fat. This is very important because you can continue burning extra fat even when asleep.

Teaches great morals and builds on confidence

One of the most crucial components of martial arts is discipline. From Kungfu to Karate, the player must learn to respect others and develop important values. These virtues are critical in building confidence and raising chances of succeeding at work and away. For example, the Shaolim moral code that outlines 10 forbidden acts, 12 ethics, and 10 obligations will match well with your daily lifestyle for higher productivity.

The confidence that people develop in martial arts has been identified as a crucial component in helping people to try new things. At work, many people will find it enjoyable to identify gaps and suggest new ideas. People do not fear to suggest a new thing because the idea can be improved to become the next big thing in their businesses.

Strengthening body immunity

When you become active in martial arts, you boost the body’s immune system. The regular movements encourage faster transport of nutrients, water, and clearing of waste from cell activities. The activities specifically impact the lymphatic system that raises production of white cells to boost immunity. You should also take food with a lot of fluids, fruits, amino acids, essential fats, and vitamins. These will promote faster regeneration of immune system cells and keep the body free from common diseases.