Now if you are exploring martial arts most probably you will ask yourself this question, “what is the best martial art?” This article will share with you what to consider when choosing one.The Purpose Of Picking-Up A Combative Art?You may not agree with me and still harping on the question of “what is the best martial art out there?” So my advice to you is when choosing a combative art for training, you must know the ultimate reason for you to pick-up one. Is it for sport and competition? Is it for self-defense purposes? How about for health and fitness? For leisure? There are hundreds of different forms of martial arts, you must pick the one which is right for you.Get To Know More About ItWhen choosing a martial art, it is advisable for you to get to know more about it before you start training. Read more about the history, philosophy and development of the combative art. You should watch some of the free video clips available out there. By doing so you will get to know what to expect during training. After getting to know more about the art, ask yourself this question, “is that the best martial art” that I really want?”Try Out FirstSit in and observe during some of the classes or trainings. What about the training? Is the training too vigorous for you? Get the permission of the instructor to attend a few classes or trainings before committing yourself. Most of the time, you will get a few sessions of free classes or trainings. This will give you a “feel” of how is the art like.What Are You Looking For?If you love combative spot, street fighting, “no-hold barred” then Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) may be what you are looking for. If striking form of combative art is appealing to you, then you may want to explore Taekwondo, Karate or Muay Thai.There are many combative arts which emphasise on grappling and restraining techniques. If this is what you are looking for then consider Japanese martial art of Jujitsu, Judo, Brazilian Jiujitsu and Sambo.If you are looking for combative arts with self-defence components then consider Japanese martial art of Ninjutsu, Hapkido, a form of Korean martial art and Krav Maga, which is developed by the Israel special forces.There are combative arts which allow a weaker fighter to defense against a larger and even stronger opponent. So if you are looking for such a combative art, you may explore, Japanese martial art of Aikido, Wing Chun Kung Fu and Tai Chi from China.What is the best martial art? There is no answer to this question. Let me be honest with you, there is no such thing as “the best martial art”. Each combative art has its own strengths and weaknesses. They are developed with different qualities and suit different people. Consider the above mentioned factors before committing yourself into one. Pick the one which you enjoy the training and would have fun when doing it. Passion is what keep you to continue with your training.
The history of modern art in Nigeria started around 1920s. During this period, most parents abhor their children to study art courses in the higher institutions. The ones that dare to do otherwise as insisted by their parents may face certain sanctions that are not conducing for their age and future as well. This means that no matter how a child loves art, he or she was forced to go into disciplines like Law, Chemical Engineering, Banking and Finance, and other similar ones which they (parents) believe that are more profitable and well deserving for the future of their children and sometimes people in their community. This was for obvious reasons, and part of it was their conviction in the practice of such professions. For example, a lawyer would be useful if the family have a land dispute case with another person in the village. A chemical engineer will find him/herself working in the oil industry and will be able to share in the oil wealth of the nation. Hence, NNPC, AGIP, TEXACO, CHEVRON SHELL etc are target companies /areas that the family is pushing their sons and daughters in to go and work. In the bank, a typical Nigerian parent believes that, there is no way a banker will lack money since he or she manages people’s money. All these make the study of visual art to be the last option even though the child is practically doing badly in other areas of knowledge but is excelling in art.It was until after the Independence Exhibition of the first set of indigenous trained Nigeria artists from Zaria that a few people (parents) begin to see good prospect in the field of art. Even so, the discrimination continues up to 1980s for art (as a subject) had a shallow backing educationally by the government since its inclusion in educational curriculum was selectively approached or implemented. In primary school, it was a general teaching of cultural modes including drama, craft and performing arts. In secondary school, the junior section was given the opportunity while the senior section was not. In some situations, the subject (art) was often substituted by other subjects which were recognized in the educational system as vital for the continuation of school. Failing such subjects, amount to either repeating a class of re-writing for further progress in the academic journey. This pose an obvious threat on the academic movement of the student making him or her abandon art against his or her will. Given this circumstance, it can be seen that art was not given such opportunities (priorities) in the curriculum planning.In the 1990s, the reality of art profession as well as its lucrative opportunities began to down on most Nigerian families. This was the period when enrollment of art applicants began to increase. Today, most tertiary institutions in Nigeria are battling with over whelming number of art applicants. In Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, for instance, the Fine Arts Department, in recent years has not been able to absolve even half of the total of applicants who want to study art. Sometimes, people go to the Colleges of Educations and polytechnics, just to be on advantageous position in the universities’ admission.The growth of private universities in Nigeria is thought to be a relieve in the demands of people (applicants) who want to study art but reverse is the case. This is because most, if not all, private universities focus essentially in the running of academic programmes or disciplines that the owners of the institutions considered lucrative enough, since private educational sector is more or less like a pure business.Until the Nigerian education sector is completely over-hauled and restructured with an increase in art learning centres as well as new departments of arts are opened in other universities, polytechnics and colleges of educations, art applicants will continue to find it tough getting admissions to study art disciplines as their dream courses.