Welcome to the Survival Martial Arts page! In this post I will be explaining what sets Natural/ Scientific martial arts apart from other martial arts styles. First off we should break down the types of martial arts in the world.
Demontrational Martial Arts- showy martial arts, wushu, movie martial arts and martial arts seen at festivals.
Combat- This is used by special forces, police, SWAT and other military units. Usually very simple and made to be taught to basic recruits. Usually by no means a comprehensive system. All reality style martial arts fall under this category.
Sport- Usually has rules, referees, protective equipment and is a form of entertainment. This style of Martial art is actually very ancient -wrestling was very common as a sport in most of the world since ancient times. ie. Icelandic Glima, Cornish Omdowl Kernewek, Turkish oil wrestling, Mongolian Bökh, Indian Kushti, Japanese Sumo, etc.
Survival- This is a skill taught from generation to generation, on survival skills and combat that is necessary for thriving in a harsh environment and used to avoid detection, find food (hunting) and avoid capture.
Survival Martial Arts
We’ve defined what natural survival martial art is, now lets give a few examples that can be found on youtube:
Maori Martial Arts
Native American Plain’s Indians Scout Training
Satria style Silat
This is by no means a comprehensive list of survival/ natural martial arts. There are many styles out there and many have teachers and proud long traditions of teaching their art, (you are welcome to mention any in the comments) I’ve taken a liberty of only mentioning a few.
For the next blog posts I will be going over each of the natural survival styles mentioned here, talk about their training techniques and techniques that make them good examples of Survival Martial Arts. Check back next time for a rundown of the Polynesian Martial Arts.
For Part II – Women in Survival Martial Arts click here.