Practising martial arts isn’t quite the brutal pastime that it seems. In fact, many different martial arts teach self-discipline and control, respect, focus and self-improvement. Try to guess the native country of each martial art below.
T’ai chi ch’uan
Often shortened to tai chi, this internal martial art has a worldwide following and is practised in a meditative state in order to achieve focus and relieve stress on the body and mind.
An Olympic sport since 2000, taekwondo combines combat and self-defence techniques, but it is best known for its spinning kicks and fast openhand techniques.
Aikido roughly translates as ‘the way of the harmonious spirit’ and encourages a flowing style of self-defence that also protects the attacker from injury.
The origins of pencak silat predate written records. Today the martial art encompasses hundreds of different styles using freehand and armed techniques.