HAZARDOUS MARTIAL ARTS
Added on: 10th Mar 2016
A martial art focusing on self-defence, Hapkido uses joint locks,
throwing, and grappling in addition to traditional weapons such
as the sword, nunchakus, and rope. Good for short- and far-range
fighting, this dangerous Korean style is known for its use
of jump kicks and pressure point strikes.
Developed in Japan, Aikido was founded by Morihei Ueshiba to
integrate his religious beliefs with his studies of philosophy
and the martial arts. One of Ueshiba’s primary tenants was
defending one’s self while simultaneously not seriously
injuring the attacker. Thus, this seemingly soft martial art is
massively effective, redirecting the momentum of an opponent’s
attack and throwing them to negate their attack. Despite its
focus on preventing injury, Aikido is one of the best
martial arts forms in the world.
A variety of Kung Fu, San Soo was taken to the United States by
famous martial artist Jimmy H. Woo. Its title as one of the
deadliest martial arts in the world is confirmed by its lack of
competitions or tournaments (as they would be too dangerous).
Since the focus is on rapidly incapacitating one’s attacker via
knockout or death, San Soo is only practiced under strict guidance.
To eliminate a threat, one’s opponent is caught off-balance
before striking the neck, groin, knees, or other sensitive areas.
Unique as a martial arts for its focus on bone-breaking, Kapu Ku’ialua
is an ancient martial art from Hawaii. Also employing pressure
point manipulation, joint locks, and even open ocean warfare,
Kapu Ku’ialua was only taught to professional warriors, guards,
and royal family members (except in times of war). Common weapons
show a reliance on what was around, including canoe oars and
the Leiomano: a shark-tooth-lined instrument used for
clubbing or striking opponents.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a powerful martial art for someone of any size.
Known as BJJ for short, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu concentrates on
technique, leverage, and grounding one’s opponent to take
away the advantage of being larger or stronger. Once the field
is levelled, the BJJ practitioner uses submissions such as
choke-holds and joint locks to incapacitate their opponent.
Lethwei (also spelled Let Whay) is a Burmese (Myanmar) martial
art which only uses the body. Besides the standard punches, elbows,
etc., Lethwei also invokes head-butts and raking knuckle strikes,
making it an immensely dangerous martial arts form. During its
formation, spectators from all parts of society would come to
watch a Lethwei match, just as the Romans went to see gladiators
at the Colosseum. Every fight would go until one fighter was
KO’d or didn’t have the strength to continue.
Judo is a Japanese combative martial art which largely contributed
to the development of (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) and Sambo.
Though it means “the gentle way”, Judo is a full-contact,
dangerous form of martial arts. A fighter’s main goals include
taking an opponent down to the ground to immobilize them
through pinning or to force their surrender with a joint lock
or choke hold.
A close-quarters combat style formerly used by various branches
of the United States military, LINE – Linear Infighting Neural Override
Engagement – includes death to one’s opponent as the result of
properly executed technique. Other aspects include its use in
visibility-impaired situations (e.g. night time, smoke) and while under
severe fatigue. Since LINE is meant to end an opponent’s life, it was
not useful in situations which did not require lethal force (e.g.
peacekeeping missions); thus, the Marine Corps replaced LINE with
the MCMAP (Marine Corps Martial Arts Program) in 2002.