History of Martial Arts
Systemized forms of Martial arts have existed for over 4,000 years. Ancient stories describe competitions and sculptures and drawings depict people punching and kicking in a stylized way suggesting competition and training, not warfare and combat.
Chinese Swordsman Sun T’zu’s book of strategy, The Art of War, is more than 2,000 years old and other combat manuals were written throughout Asian over hundreds of years ago.
Most of the well-known modern martial arts are around 100 years old. The founders of these schools studied martial arts that were older. They made some changes so that more people could learn and improve their lives through the martial arts. They still wanted to teach techniques but in a way that would be organized, peaceful, and easy to learn.
Over thousands of years, Martial arts have become more refined and organized. Now they are highly effective means of defending yourself and becoming physically fit.
“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” –Aristotle