history of martial arts

History of Martial Arts

To track the early history of martial arts. The soldiers and warriors played an important role. They used various forms of combat techniques. Especially during the battle. And that is one of the histories of materials that is still very useful and known up until now. The use of techniques in real-world situations. Other than that, martial arts have also played an important role. In different cultures and traditions. For self-defense, and physical and personal development.

Early History of Martial Arts

The early history of martial arts can be s tracked down from 3 important countries namely Greece, India, and China. The three countries contributed greatly to the development of martial arts. As a result, it became one of the most well-known kinds of sports around the world. 


Martial arts in the ancient world were considered wrestling. As among one the most important. And it was mainly because of the influence of the art of pankration. It was developed by the greeks during the 7th century. The art of pankration is a combination of wrestling and boxing techniques. It became successful all over the world. The art of pankration in the Olympic Games was also considered. As one of the most important sports. During 648 BCE.

Also considered in Greece is wrestling. As an important part of a soldier's training. In the history of martial arts in Greece, they strongly emphasize the importance of physical fitness and military training. That is why they trained in various forms of wrestling, boxing, fencing, and other forms of combat.

In today’s age, wrestling and boxing it undoubtedly still very popular. And is still being practiced. From all over the world. It is all thanks to the greeks because they really valued and emphasized the importance of physical training in martial arts like wrestling and boxing. Battle was not the only one martial arts were used for. During its earliest forms. Or in real-world settings. Personal development is one of its uses.

History of Martial Arts in India

India is a country that is very rich in culture and tradition. And it can be seen from their early forms of martial arts. One of the oldest forms of martial arts in India is Kalaripayattu. It’s a traditional martial art. And believed to be over 2000 years old. And is one of the oldest surviving martial arts in India. Combined are the fighting techniques. In this traditional martial arts. With dance, music, and spiritual practices. 

Kalaripayattu also uses weapons such as swords and shields. The combination of techniques, styles, and culture incorporated in Kalaripayattu has been a helpful way for it to be considered an essential part of India’s cultural heritage.

In India, martial arts continue to be widely practiced in India up to this time. It has become a popular way for them for physical fitness, sport, and most importantly, self-defense. 

Martial Arts History in China

For some, when they hear about martial arts, they always think of China. As where it originally came from. The early history of martial arts in China started during Han Dynasty between 206 BCE – 220 CE. Martial arts were practiced. And developed during those times. For the purpose of hunting, warfare, and self-defense. One of the most popular forms of martial arts in china and also the oldest is Wushu. It’s a form of martial arts that has a variety of styles and techniques that uses weapons. As well as bare-handed forms.

Most of the martial arts in China evolved with a strong spiritual and philosophical component. And became an inspiration to people. For artists and practitioners around the world. This is mainly because of their strong spiritual and intellectual component. 

The Importance of Knowing the History of Martial Arts

One of the signs that martial arts have taken over your life is the sense of fulfillment. And one of the ways you can achieve this is by appreciating its history. Martial arts history indeed is very rich. And mostly cultural. It’s important to know its history to better understand its development. In this way, we can have a better and more meaningful understanding of the art form that can also help in an individual’s martial arts journey.

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