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Charles Edwards planned to earn a black belt by the time he was 50, but in the three years since he’s been studying the Japanese martial art of aikido, that goal has, as he puts it, “whittled away.” “I don’t think about the black belt,” says Edwards, who’s 45 and lives in Denton. “I just think about doing good and being good in my technique and being a better person.”
For all of the flexibility and balance that come from practicing martial arts, all of the graceful kicks and self-defense moves, all of the satisfaction derived from board-chopping prowess, the true benefits may be even more life-enriching, Edwards and other adherents say.
Other forms of Japanese Martial Arts Styles:
The History Kenjutsu is a military art form which was created in Japan in the 15th century. It was primarily designed to prepare samurai, as well as ordinary soldiers for combat on the battlefield.
Judo (meaning “gentle way”) is a modern martial art, combat and Olympic sport created in Japan in 1882 by Jigoro Kano . Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the objective is to either throw or takedown an opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke. Strikes and thrusts by hands and feet as well as weapons defenses are a part of judo, but only in pre-arranged forms (kata,) and are not allowed in judo competition or free practice. A judo practitioner is called a judoka.