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Disciplines are typically thought of as a fighting styles. This is obvious since the literal meaning of the word Martial is derived from the word Mars, the Roman God of War. So, the term Martial Arts literally means Arts of War.
There are many different types of martial arts, originating from all over the globe. The most common impression is that martial arts finds it’s roots in eastern Asia, this is not always necessarily true however. Many martial arts styles originated elsewhere, such as Europe, Brazil, and North America.
Today, martial arts are often taught as a system of self defense, not offense. Martial arts are systems of codified practices and traditions of training for combat. While they may be studied for various reasons, martial arts share a single objective: to physically defeat other persons and to defend oneself or others from physical threat. In addition, some martial arts are linked to beliefs such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism or Shinto while others follow a particular code of honour. Many arts are also practised competitively, most commonly as combat sports, but may also take the form of dance.