Martial arts: facts vs. myths

Read on to knock out some common misconceptions!

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When you think of martial arts, is the first thing that comes to your mind brutality or, at best, Bruce Lee or Kung Fu Panda? If so, it's time to change it and sign up for your first practice session, because these fine sport disciplines are open to anyone who can understand their underlying philosophy.

MYTH #1.   Martial arts trigger aggression

Associations with violence are likely the most off-putting myth about martial arts. They stem from the widespread confusion between martial arts and combat sports – in the latter, the aim is indeed the effective elimination of the opponent in a usually brutal, extremely bloody and sweaty fight. These quintessentially sporty and spectacular athletic disciplines were created in contemporary times, and although they are rooted in ancient traditional martial art techniques, they have little to do with their original philosophy or tradition.