It cannot be determined what would be the most effective martial
art. Some would say that MMA as the latest and youngest martial art should be
the most realistic and effective, but is it so? It combines several different
martial arts, taking what seems to be useful. This means that a MMA practitioner
will learn one or two things from several different martial arts. Even though
this might look logical and practical, this also means that the practitioner will
not excel at any martial art, only in a couple of techniques. Therefore, he or
she would miss the entire point of exercising. Well, that is one angle of
looking at these matters. The other angle focuses on only what can be really useful in the battle.
When martial arts are mentioned, people automatically think of Japan. While it is true that most of the known martial arts come from Japan, there are some popular martial arts that originate from other regions. Kung fu is one of those and it comes from China. It became popular in the second pat of the 20th century, thanks to the movies which had Bruce Lee playing the main role. Some say that the legend of Bruce Lee will never be outshined and that he was the last true martial artist. To some point, this is true. Many martial artists who were active in the same time as Bruce Lee thought that he was a complete fighter. He was short, without an ounce of extra fat, with perfectly defined muscles but without the excessive muscle mass. He is still popular because of his kicks and punches which could throw away the opponent for many yards (something most of the martial artists cannot achieve today). And the main martial art that Bruce Lee used was Kung fu.
Kung fu is interesting because it has several different styles. Kung fu techniques are based on the starting posture and movements. It should be mentioned that one of the famous kung fu postures is praying mantis with palms positioned down. There are also tiger, monkey and dragon style and they are all based on different movements and combinations. For example, monkey style emphasizes a lot of movements, while dragon is more focused on hitting the opponent.
It has to be said that mastering any martial art is far from easy. This is why many practitioners of traditional martial arts dislike MMA and similar forms, because there is no spiritual aspect of the exercising. This aspect is actually the reason why many people become involved with martial arts. Whatever martial art practiced, it is important to keep both body and mind prepared and sharp.