There are contact martial arts that do not require the use of weapons. Some of the best known are Taekwondo, Judo, Muay Thai, Boxing and Karate. However, there are others that use weapons such as Kendo, Escrima, Kali, Ninjutsu or Wushu. They use daggers, sticks, long and short bamboo spears, and more.
When choosing to get started with a martial art, we must take into account if we want to practice one that requires the use of weapons or not. We should also take into account a number of useful premises.
First, it’s essential to determine the objective of our teachings. There are some people familiar with direct contact with other people, so they prefer to use weapons. However, others subconsciously associate the use of weapons with violence, and therefore, are not able to wield a saber or sword.
Before starting a martial art, it is important to consider the cost, with or without weapons.
No less important is the fact of knowing our physical limitations: flexibility, reflexes, complexion, height and weight. It is a determining factor when moving and being effective in carrying out the techniques.
Finally, the most important point when deciding to practice a martial art with or without weapons is asking ourselves whether this martial art really fits with individual personalities and the way of life of each person.