Strangest Martial Arts Styles Part 2
If you’ve ever seen a group of elderly people in a park all standing in odd poses and pushing their hands back and forth a lot, you may not have known that they were practicing a martial art at all. This is the ancient Chinese technique of Tai Chi, one of the most puzzling of martial arts especially when compared with some of the most intense and purposefully harmful styles around the world, Tai Chi is calm, gentle and slow. Focused on energy and the balance of Yin and Yang, this gracious practice shows learners how to calm themselves and their bodies and increase blood flow and flexibility. This effect is so positive on long term health that using the teachings of Tai Chi for purely preservation purposes is now extremely popular. Parks, retreats and even hospitals around the world have taken this onboard and help people of all ages to become a little more in touch with themselves and thee energies that govern the universe.
Unlike the calm and defensive style of Tai Chi this imposing style aims to immedietly dispose of any enemy threats. Originating from Native Americans this style clearly has a heritage it takes seriously, especially as it started off as a very exclusive club for only the boldest and most practiced of young warriors. Today it continues with many of the Native aspects including the weapons used by learners. The include the gunstock war club, a chunky looking instrument that gets its name from its similarities to the rifles of the time, this would be used to inflict blunt force trauma on anyone in range. Similarly, mastery of the Tomahawk is learned in both close range for hits and cuts and to be thrown at enemies. Many of the moves practiced in this style intend to inflict fatal wounds as the ancestors of today’s teachers would have been fighting for their land and their lives when they were in battle.
This is the only martial arts style that originates from America, unfortunately it wasn’t handed down by level-headed mentors but instead manifested from the violence that breeds in the United States Prison System. This style is somewhat controversial and mysterious in the fact that some people deny its existence at all, whereas there are few sources who would openly teach the styles learned in the darkest of places to outsiders. As you can imagine this style of fighting is intensely brutal and won’t have you practicing katas in the library, instead this extremely close quarters style focuses on blocks (in an attempt to avoid getting shanked) and aggressive strikes. Many moves involve raised elbows as both a precautionary measure and also has you in a position to use your forearms or grab heads ready to use your environment to your advantage. Since enemies can strike at any moment when you are locked up in such confined spaces, this modern combat style proves to be one of the most effective for getting out of sticky situations and has apparently been used by professional boxers and MMA fighters in a pinch.