Chuck Norris has black belts in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo and is the founder of Chun Kuk Do. Jackie Chan has a black belt in Hapkido and has also studied Karate, Judo, Taekwondo and Jeet Kune Do. Although they originally came from different worlds, both men have achieved international fame as martial artists and actors. Along with their differences, they share many commonalities.
As with people, martial arts come in all shapes and sizes. They have similarities and distinctions that can enrich our lives in many ways. Let’s take a look at the top five martial arts in the world. Our favorite, of course, is Merpati Putih (MP), which is a form of the Indonesian Royal system of Pencak Silat martial arts.
In Japanese, the word Karate means “open hand.” Modern karate is patterned after a centuries-old combat style that developed on the island of Okinawa when ruling authorities prohibited peasants from using weapons to defend themselves. Instead of using traditional weapons for protection, villagers developed targeted punches, kicks and deflection techniques. Today, the Karate-way is practiced around the world as an all-encompassing way of life that addresses physical, mental and spiritual development.
Kung Fu is a broad term used to describe many Chinese martial arts. The term Kung Fu refers to the development of a skill through dedication and hard work, and its application to martial arts illustrates the commitment required to excel. Kung Fu is known both for its beautiful, flowing forms and for its powerful strikes, kicks, and blocks. It is designed both for personal protection and for meditation, and it is strongly tied to Buddhist and Taoist principles.
Taekwondo is a Korean martial art that evolved over the course of 5,000 years. It is recognized as a way not only to defend oneself from attackers but also as a means to achieve peace through leadership, unity, and discipline. In fact, do means “discipline,” while Tae and Kwon refer to the hands and feet. The World Taekwondo Federation defines Taekwondo as “the right way of using all parts of the body to stop fights and help to build a better and more peaceful world.”
Jujutsu (developed in ancient Japan as a defensive martial art that combines blocking, strikes, throws and sweeps with joint locks and grappling techniques. According to the New World Encyclopedia, “Aikido, Karate, Kenpo, Hapkido, Judo, and Sambo all derived from jujutsu.” Jui-do means “the flexible way.” Jujutsu was originally designed to be used by Samurais in conjunction with a weapon but evolved into forms of unarmed combat.
Merpati Putih is an Indonesia martial art that creates a complete system of fitness, breathwork, meditation, energy development, personal empowerment, and combative martial arts. MP is the royal inheritance of the Kings and Heirs of the Mataram Kingdom in Central Java, but it wasn’t released to the Indonesian public until 1963. It wasn’t until thirty-six years later that MP was finally available in the United States.
Merpati Putih means “white dove,” and it is a unique life-energy art that focuses on vitality, health, and inner peace. The only place MP is available in the United States is right here at MP USA. One amazing aspect of MP training is Vibravision.
“After searching through so many different martial arts and meditation systems, I met a blind man who practiced Vibravision,” said Mas Mike Zeleznick, MP USA’s chief instructor and co-owner. “He told me a story about finding his mother in a crowd of 5,000 people and taking a picture of her. He then proceeded to thank her for taking care of him for 30 years and tell her that he didn’t need her help anymore. He was free. At that moment, I knew that MP was the right path for me. I had never seen so much power and grace, harnessed in such a way to bring so much light into the world. I mean, where else can you learn to unlock your real-life Jedi Powers?”
Now that you’ve learned a bit more about the top five martial arts in the world, we invite you and your family to personally experience MP and Vibravision. Beginning in January 2019, enrollment will open for our new family program, and the benefits of doing martial arts together as a family are incredible! For more information, please call 1-866-666-7872 Opt. 1 to speak to our enrollment director. Or, text the keyword “MPUSA” to 26786 for more details.