The martial art styles are like the childhood game "Rock, Paper, Scissors" where scissors may cut the paper, paper may cover the rock, and the rock may smash the scissors—each has some advantage over the other while also having some vulnerability to the other. There are hundreds and hundreds of martial art styles throughout the world. Some countries have developed their own unique martial art, while others adapted other martial arts to fit their own situations. All it takes to "found" a martial art is to give your way of fighting a new name and make yourself the "master." For this reason, new martial arts and "styles" of existing martial arts appear all the time. A style may refer to a specific martial art or a variation of an established martial art. Some martial arts have been in existence for centuries, some for decades, and others for weeks.
Many oriental martial arts have religious roots, while most occidental martial arts have no relation to any metaphysical or religious system. Oriental martial arts move with the adversary, amplifying his movement, and using it to defeat the opponent. Occidental styles move against the opponent, blocking attacks, and then counterattacking. Some martial arts specialize in tournament competition, some in street self-defense, and some in combat fighting.
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