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Published September 27th 2011
Martial Arts in Brisbane "Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages." Thomas Edison From: Wikipedia - Martial Arts
Martial Arts are extensive systems of codified practices and traditions of combat, practiced for a variety of reasons, including self-defence, competition, physical health and fitness, as well as mental and spiritual development.
Since programs and 'brands' like UFC and Pride rocked into our collective awareness , there has been a huge resurgence of and enthusiasm for martial arts and Brisbane is no different.
While the roots of modern mixed martial arts can be traced back to the ancient Olympic combat sport of Pankration, the modern combat sport of Vale Tudo, developed in Brazil from the 1920s and brought to the United States by the Gracie family in 1993, can be said to have branded and packaged the concept for today's market.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), which is currently the largest Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion company worldwide, attracts practitioners of any and all martial arts and has brought an influx of money, fame and glory to those few practitioners out there with the drive, skill and requisite brutally to successfully defeat all comers in the octagonal, caged ring in which they complete.
While this is not the purpose, nor inherent and fundamental reason for attaining these marital arts, it has manage to attract the attention and media fascination required to have a whole lot of people wanting to try their skills in the cage, so to speak.
Mentally, someone who studies martial arts can expect to gain; concentration, control, courtesy and respect, along with improved; discipline, confidence, verbal perseverance and even academic improvement, for those of us still undergoing education of any sort.
In Brisbane there is truly inexhaustible list of Martial Arts; schools, dojos, association and clubs. The can be listed using the whole A-Z, if you will, from Aikido to Zen Do Kai, Muay Thai Kickboxing to the Israeli Krav Maga and everything in between.
For this reason alone, I intend to focus on the clubs and schools located in the North side of Brisbane, as this is the side of town on which I live and it will help to keep the length of the review manageable.
That said, apologies in advance if for that reason I miss out your particular style and/or club.
I intend to cover the following northern suburbs schools of:
• Tae Kwon
• Taoist Taijiquan
Aikido (合気道 Aikidō?) was developed by Morihei Ueshiba and combines his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs.
The word "aikido" is formed of three kanji:
合 - ai - joining, unifying, combining, fit
気 - ki - spirit, energy, mood, morale
道 - dō - way, path
The term 'aiki' does not readily appear in the Japanese language outside the scope of Budo. Aikido is often translated as:
1) "the Way of unifying (with) life energy"
2) "the Way of harmonious spirit."
Aikido training is mental as well as physical, emphasizing the ability to relax the mind and body even under the stress of dangerous situations.
Schools on the North side of Brisbane:
Aikido is a non-confrontational, non-aggressive art form. Aikido is known worldwide as the Art of Peace developing the non-fighting mind.
The concept of the Taiji ("supreme ultimate") appears in both Taoist and Confucian Chinese philosophy, where it represents the fusion or mother of Yin and Yang into a single Ultimate, represented by the Taijitu symbol. Thus, tai chi theory and practice evolved in agreement with many Chinese philosophical principles, including those of Taoism and Confucianism.
Schools on the North side of Brisbane:
There are of course; far more styles, far more schools and far more information than I can collect and jam into this one review but a quick Google search will give you all you will need to start looking.
When choosing a Martial Art, ensure that you read into the style, school and training practices. Whether or not they practice contact or non-contact arts and whether the philosophy held by that particular combination of martial are and school specific practice, blends with your own.
Above all, be safe and respectful and treat any martial art you study with the care you would when handling any other weapon.