Brazilian Jujitsu vs. Kickboxi

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The growth of various martial art forms across the globe leaves an insurmountable number of studies for one to choose. Weather for self-defense or personal benefits the range of Art forms are as diverse as they are expansive. The superiority of one art form over another can be easily argued. Having studied the arts of Thai kickboxing and Brazilian jujitsu, I have determined the latter of the two to be the more effective fighting art. The two art forms both originate in Asia. Kickboxing began in the Southeast Asian country of Thailand, and has traveled and expanded across many parts of the world where it has been modified by other cultures producing unique sub arts such as American kickboxing. Jujitsu traces its routes back to ancient Japan. Eventually Japanese jujitsu made its way to Brazil where it has been transformed over the last few centuries into modern Brazilian jujitsu. There are two major different types of martial arts, striking arts and grappling arts. Kickboxing is what is known as a striking art, and jujitsu is a grappling art. Kickboxing consists of a series of quick blows, using various parts of the body such as the elbows, knees, shins, and the head. Jujitsu utilizes the use of various locks and holds that can be used to quickly break the limbs of an opponent or render them unconscious. Kickboxing includes a lot of fast maneuvering and centers on the idea of using the strong parts of your body to cripple your opponent in a swift attack. Jujitsu is a more defensive and arguably more technical art that relies on patience and capitalizing on an opponents offensive mistakes. The supremacy of jujitsu over kickboxing can be made clearly evident in a hypothetical head to head match-up of equally studied counterparts. The kick-boxers success would rely heavily upon the initial interaction of the fight; trying to disorient the opponent immediately with a quick barrage of strikes. If the kick-boxer connects...