The History of Martial Arts

In case you didn’t know, martial arts are immensely popular among the youth these days and LondonFightFactory is the ultimate proof of that as they offer a wide range of fighting sports like boxing, traditional Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Sambo for MMA, and of course martial arts itself. Today we are going to look at the history of martial arts specifically so you can use this for your speech at school or other education sources.

Our main reference here is a Wikipedia article that provides us with all the information we need and we’ll make an attempt to summarize it without missing out on the essentials as the article is quite long and I can understand you don’t have the time to read all of it.

Let’s start with the early history

There is evidence in the shape of weapons, literature, and illustrative art that it started 3400 BC, a little more recent is 3000 BC when they found poems that described the depicting struggles that were going on at the time. Types of weapons that were found range from stone axes to bows and spears so that should give you a bit of an idea about way back.

Even more recently they found, well recently we’re still talking about 2000 BC, evidence of wrestling techniques and pictures of fist fighting so that sums it up pretty much. It requires some imagination to put this under martial arts but you get the point, it’s a little broader than that.

Evidence of martial arts has been found all around the globe, ranging from Africa to Asia and Europe to the Middle East, surprisingly no mention of the United States or Australia.

The 16th & 17th centuries

In the 16th century they found a number of manuals in Germany, soon after in the 17th century there wasn’t much more proof to be found and a switch to Italy was made where it was mostly the upper class that got involved with fighting for fun, specifically fencing was a hot item back then.

Heading towards the 18th century it evolved in Spain, France, and England, and the terms they used are still used to-date. We’re referring to fencing here specifically as that’s how far it went.

How about the modern history

If we have to sum it up that starts at 1800 AC, barely 200 years ago. People got more and more interested in eastern martial arts and you still see evidence of that today as explained in the introduction of this article. In the 19th century, they are speaking of boxing and kicking techniques in combination with fencing and wrestling so there you have it!