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Variation and scope. Martial arts vary widely, and may focus on a specific area or combination of areas, but they can be broadly grouped into focusing on strikes, grappling, or weapons training. Below is a list of examples that make extensive use of one these areas; it is not an exhaustive list of all arts covering the area, nor are these necessarily the only areas covered by the art but are the focus or best known part as examples of the area:

Striking

Punching: Boxing (Western), Wing Chun Kicking: Capoiera  Savate, Taekondo.Other Strikes (eg. elbows, knees, open-hand): Muay Thai,   Karate, Shaolin Kung Fu

Grappling

Throwing: Glima, Judo, Jujutsu, Sambo, Shuai jiao Joint lock: Aikido, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Hapkido

Pinning Techniques: Judo, Wrestling

Weaponry

Traditional Weaponry: Fencing, Gatka, Kendo, Kyūdō, Silambam, Quarterstaff

Modern Weaponry: Eskrima, Jogo do Pau, Jukendo, Canne de combat, Shooting sports

Many martial arts, especially those from Asia, also teach side disciplines which pertain to medicinal practices. This is particularly prevalent in traditional Chinese martial arts which may teach bone-setting, qigong, acupuncture, acupressure (tui na), and other aspects of traditional Chinese medicine.[3]

Pictorial records of both wrestling and armed combat date to the Bronze Age ancient Near East, such as the 20th century BC mural in the tomb of Amenemhet at Beni Hassan, or the 26th century BC "Standard of Ur".

Pictorial records of both wrestling and armed combat date to the Bronze Age ancient Near East, such as the 20th century BC mural in the tomb of Amenemhet at Beni Hassan, or the 26th century BC "Standard of Ur".The Western interest in

Asian martial arts dates back to the late 19th century, due to the increase in trade between the United States with China and Japan. Relatively few Westerners actually practiced the arts, considering it to be mere performance. Edward William Barton-Wright, a railway engineer who had studied Jujutsu while working in Japan between 1894–97, was the first man known to have taught Asian martial arts in Europe. He also founded an eclectic martial arts style named Bartitsu which combined jujutsu, judo, boxing, savate and stick fighting.

As Western influence grew in Asia a greater number of military personnel spent time in China, Japan, and South Korea. Exposure to martial arts during the Korean war was also significant. The later 1970s and 1980s witnessed an increased media interest in the martial arts, after martial artist and Hollywood actor, Bruce Lee, in the late 1960s and early 1970s before his untimely death. thanks in part to Asian and Hollywood martial arts movies. Jackie Chan and Jet Li are prominent movie figures who have been responsible for promoting Chinese martial arts in recent years.

(from Wikopedia, the Free Enclyclopedia)

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