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History of Martial Arts and Close Combat


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The devious nature of our species, has inherent in it, competition, violence, and killing. Men of ancient past would fight one another for dominance, food, mating rights, and survival.

The beginning of a structured or scientific approach to fighting occurred with the first primitive man picking up a stick with which to strike an enemy or prey.

Conflict and warfare form important events in human history. Arguably, many ancient rituals, sports and ceremonies are reenactments of battles in one form or another.

The Olympic Games held by the ancient Greeks were regarded as a religious festival, during which war was suspended.

The Epic of Gilgamesh, written in about the eighteenth century B.C. in Mesopotamia- one of the earliest centers of civilization - shows that most weapons of war had been invented by then, the major exception being explosives, which were to be invented by the Chinese almost 2800 years later.

Gilgamesh, a hero of Uruk in Babylonia, fought with axe, sword, bow and arrow, and spear. The people of his generation used battering rams against enemy cities, and rode to battle in chariots.

The concept of a martial art or science of combat no doubt developed along with civilization.

Organized warfare required trained and disciplined soldiers, and generals and instructors to command and train them.

The earliest accepted evidence of a martial art exists in two small Babylonian works of art dating back to between 2000 and 3000 B.C., each showing two men in postures of combat.

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