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The global evo­lu­tion of MAR­TIAL ARTS and its grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity in Pune

What started off as self-de­fence slowly moulded its way into world his­tory as one of the most ef­fec­tive fit­ness rou­tines. We dived into the his­tory of mar­tial arts as a new fit­ness trend, and were amazed to see how a work­out in­cor­po­rates his­tory, cul­ture, tra­di­tion, self-de­fence and health in such a bal­anced man­ner. Af­ter all, if one just has to get fit, nor­mal gyms would do. But here, it is not just about safe­guard­ing one­self, but also be­ing healthy on the side. The roots of mar­tial arts can be traced back to Asia, where once upon a time it was used for com­bat and self-de­fence. There is ev­i­dence in his­tory that proves that this form of com­bat was used as early as the 3rd Cen­tury BC. New tech­niques sprang up in China, Ja­pan, In­dia and other parts of Asia, and slowly, each form of mar­tial art de­vel­oped its own dis­ci­pline, com­plete with a his­tory and story. Mar­tial arts be­gan shap­ing world events t oo, with t he likes of Bod­hid­harma of In­dia, Gichin Fu­nakoshi of Ok­i­nawa and Bruce Lee of Hong Kong emerg­ing slowly.

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