The term “martial arts” refers to a number of disciplines that are recognised as individual sports. Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), is a full contact combat sport that allows both striking and grappling, which can be standing, or on the ground, and with the competitors in an octagonal “cage”, along with a referee, the match would typically last for 5 x 5-minute rounds. MMA soon merged with UFC to provide the exciting UFC scene we are currently seeing, and with high viewing ratings across the world, UFC seems to be a serious contender to take on boxing in terms of spectator numbers.
- Muay Thai – Thai boxing has always been admired for western athletes, and up until a few years ago, it would be a rare occurrence for a foreigner to beat a Thai in a bout, yet today, there are many quality Muay Thai fighters who are at the top of the professional tree. This ancient Siam art of combat makes effective use of the elbows and knees, which are both deadly weapons when used to good effect, and with clinching allowed, a fighter can seriously weaken his opponent with knee shots to the abdomen. If you happen to live in Australia, and practice Muay Thai, there are online retailers that stock a comprehensive range of martial arts supplies, which would include Muay Thai equipment and clothing.
- Karate – This Japanese discipline is mainly a striking art form, using punching, kicking, knee and elbow strikes to attack their opponent. Millions of people worldwide are attracted to this mysterious discipline that can take a lifetime to master, and any equipment you might need can be sourced online, which is very convenient.
- Kickboxing – This is a stand-up combat sport that is a morph of karate and Muay Thai, and is a popular sport for those who wish to learn the basics of self-defence. Increased violence had made many people consider how they would be able to respond to an aggressive physical assault, and kickboxing would certainly teach you how to effectively throw a punch or kick on the counterattack.
- Jujitsu – This Japanese form of combat is used to disable an armed or armoured opponent, using either a small rod or no weapon at all. The concept of this discipline is to use the force of the opponent against themselves, rather than using one’s own force, and is extremely effective when demonstrated by the experts. Of course, you would need to wear the right clothing and with online suppliers, selecting the right size is easy, and with a secure online payment, the uniform will be delivered to your door within a few days.
- Kung Fu – This ancient Chinese practice is all about harmony between body, mind and spirit, and this discipline is very similar to Tai Chi, which is a non-contact form of body movements that are designed to stimulate good health and mental well-being.
There are online retailers that stock everything you might need to pursue any of the above disciplines, and with lower than retail prices and the very best quality, sourcing all your sporting needs online makes perfect sense.