Calgary Martial Arts - information about the sports
Martial arts encompasses several forms of self-defence that originated in the Orient. The sport originated from military skills, and is based on traditions of honour and discipline. Not only do the martial arts teach you self-defence, but they are great for conditioning and stress-relief. The more common styles of martial arts in North America are Karate, Judo and Tae Kwon Do. All three are now sports in the Olympic Games.
- Karate ("empty hand") is an ancient Japanese method of unarmed combat using all parts of the anatomy to punch, kick, strike or block.
- Judo ("gentle way") is a Japanese art of self-defence using skill and speed instead of strength. Judo uses choke holds and throws for self-defence instead of punches or kicks.
- Tae Kwon Do ("way of the hands and feet")is a Korean form of unarmed combat, similar to Karate.
The common pieces of equipment are: a uniform (Gi or Dobok), a belt and a protective cup. Uniforms and belts are purchased through your chosen martial arts academy when you register for classes.
There are several martial arts studios around the city, some specializing in one martial art, some focusing on several. To help select a martial arts academy (and the right martial art), ask to watch a class. Classes typically start around $50 a month, and a uniform will cost about $70 (depending on which academy or sport you choose).