If you drive around, you will see that there are many options for martial arts schools in San Antonio. Many of them are very similar, some of them are very different. Before I started training, it seemed like it was hard to know what the difference was between all of the different styles. Which one was the most effective? Which one would be the best fit for me? Below you will find some information that I hope will help clarify this topic.
Karate was developed in Okinawa, Japan many centuries ago. It primarily trains punches, kicks and elbow strikes for defense. Post World War II, as Karate was made popular in The United States by martial arts films in the 1960s and 1970s. Today, Karate is one of the more well known names when people think of martial arts.
After World War II and Japan's occupation of Korea, many Koreans had started to train Karate. In the 1950s, this left several Kwans throughout Korea. These were eventually consolidated and Taekwondo was born. Focusing on explosive high kicks, TKD is known for its kicking.
Jiu Jitsu originated in Japan and there are still traditional Jiu Jitsu schools. Due to the popularity of The UFC, many people today practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
BJJ was developed by the Gracie family in Brazil in the early 1900s. They took Jiu Jitsu and adapted it for a smaller fighter to be able to defend themsleves through leverage.
Capoeira is unique in that it is not based on an Asian style of fighting. African slaves taken to work on the planations in Brazil in the 1500s, developed Capoeira to hide their training from soceity. They added acrobatic movements, music and songs, and dance movements to help disguise that they were training self defense.
One of the things that is interesting about martial arts is the way that they reflect where they originate from. The Asian styles reflect the people who developed them...they are more traditional. Bowing in and out of class for example is common. Capoeira being uniquely non-Asian, has a tendency to more fun and relaxed...much like Brazilian people.
I encourage you to try a couple of types of martial arts before deciding which one is best for you. At The Brazilian Capoeria Academy, we tend to attract students who are a little more laid back and like to have fun while training. Come see for yourself...call (210) 535-4577 today!
I love this place I have been playing Capoeira for the last 9 years and loved every second of it. The instructor, Advogado is very well versed in Capoeira history. He is a great instructor and teach anyone who is willing to try. I highly recommend everyone try capoeira at least once. If it's not for you at least you can say you tried. The students are friendly and willing to help anyone trying to learn.
9/3/2011 | Sofie G. | San Antonio, TX
i took this class. it was best thing in the world. Great class. highly recommend to anyone and everyone!!!
6/9/2011 | Chisung L.Seattle, WA
I started training with Brazilian Capoeira in January 2011 as something to supplement my running. I've never been one for working out in gyms and weight lifting. For me, Capoeira has great core workout. Think Tae Bo, Power Yoga and music rolled into one workout. READ MORE
9/18/2011 | Herb S | San Antonio, TX
I was looking for something active for my youngest daughter (age 11) to do, and we had tried a Taekwondo school and Shaolin-do school. My daughter was unimpressed with Shaolin-do and I was thoroughly disgusted by the teachers at the Taekwondo money-pit. READ MORE
9/11/2013 | Patton Z | San Antonio, TX