Bodhidharma, Buddhas principle disciple, was a aggressive monk, walked on foot from Kerela
to China with his troop of disciples. In order to be fit for the journey & to ward off bandits & fight animals, he
devised a few exercises based on animals. On reaching China, this got modified into KENPO which later became KUNG FU. A diluted
version of this reached Okinawa Japan & became KEMPO KARATE.
In Southern China, Bodhidharma’s Kenpo was modified by Lady Wing Chun to form a softer
art WING CHUN, made of small steps & low kicks. In Northern China, The Shaolin Monastery Kenpo became inspired by animals
& high kicks into many ANIMAL FORMS of Kung Fu like TIGER CLAW, MONKEY, CRANE, PRAYING MANTIS, etc. CHOI LI FUT was another
popular atyle of Kung Fu with high Kicks.
In Japan, Kempo became SHOTOKAN KARATE (Hard Style with Deep Stances, founded by a 22 year
old FUNOKOSHI GICHIN) & GOJURYU KARATE (Hard & Soft- Upright Cat stance, founded by MIYAGI). SHITORYU Is the modern
variant of GOJU & KYOKUSHINKAI founded by MAS OYAMA, (The monk who perfected Karate by killing 80 Mountain bulls). Closer
Grappling version was JIU JITSU. This got modified into sport version without Neck Locks into JUDO by JIGORO KANO, who also
founded the BELT SYSTEM.
Similarly in Korea, TAEKWONDO, a purely Kicking art was born with sub styles. In Filipines, KALI or Stickfighting was born. In France SAVATE was born. In Europe, WRESTLING & BOXING
was founded as sports. Recently Grand Master CACOY CANOTE brought together all styles of stick fighting in Filipines as DOCE
Today the most popular SPORTS are kicking (TAEKWONDO), Kick & Punch (KARATE), Punch
(BOXING), Grappling (JUDO & GRECO ROMAN WRESTLING), Weapons (stick=ARNIS-ESCRIMA, Sword (Stick like KENDO & Foil like
FENCING). WU SHU (Which is the Kung Fu Sports Version of Demo with Weapons)
KICK-BOXING. The legendary Lee’s Ideology was to combine Western Boxing with Eastern
Kicking & go all out with protective Gear. This was tried out by Karate competitors in Europe & USA as KICK BOXING,
specially by Chuck Norris (of style TANG SOO DO) and other legends of Karate. In Thailand, this is practiced as MUAY THAI
sport. In UK, Boxing was combined with Aerobics for women to get fit, called
TAI CHI is the slow version of Kung Fu done to control stress. KRAV MAGA is Israeli Self
Defense art founded by a Ex Army PT Instructor IMI LITCHINFIELD. Today KRAV MAGA Means MARTIAL ART, a generic word. The style
of Krav Maga used in Israeli Military is called HAGANNAH. Krav Maga taught to civilians is a Street oriented self defense
art with no military techniques.
Around 1970’s, BRUCE LEE founded JEET KUNE DO, characterized by Jun Fan Jeet Kune
Do techniques developed by Bruce Lee and the concepts ideologies of Simplicity, Directness, Efficiency, Non Conventional open
minded approach to various RANGES of combat namely Kick, Punch, Knee Elbow, Grapple & Groundfgtg all performed in a no
holds barred fashion. DAN INOSANTO, RICHARD BUSTILLO & TED WONG are some of the JKD authorities in the world.