Learn a thing or two from the German history in
fighting

Germany is very cool. We all know that {BMW}, Franz Beckenbauer, Tokio Hotel ,
Heidi Klum, and Friedrich Nietzsche; almost everything that comes from that
country has “excellence” imprinted on them. That is why when we think of the
word “greatness”, Germany always pops-up in our minds. The same thing can be
said with martial arts. For people who don’t know, German martial arts didn’t
just start recently with {Dennis Siver} or Pascal Krauss. The Germans were the
first to record their history in martial arts in Europe, having Johannes
Leichtenauer as their “grand master.” One of the several modes of early German
fighting is Ringen, the art of unarmed fighting.

Martial arts require lots of discipline and patience. Continuous practice is a
must in order to improve. One can say that martial arts can be a lot like the
card game of poker.

Both require patience. Looking for the right time to strike
the opponent is comparable to waiting for the moment when to play your cards
for a big prize pot. Practice is also needed in poker. In order to get a better
feel for the game, one must immerse himself with the different techniques to
get ahead of the competition. Online gaming websites partypoker.com
are a good training ground for poker enthusiasts to polish their skills. For
martial artists, there are of course, gyms and dojos. These places are perfect
for fighters who would like to master their craft.

Back to Ringen, this martial art first started in the Late Middle Ages to
complement German sword fighting techniques. During that time unarmed combat
was divided into two: geselliges ringen (sportive grappling) and kampfringen
(serious unarmed combat or duel). Sportive grappling usually starts in a
grappling hold and ends with a submission or a throw, same with our Olympic
Judo today. Kampfringen on the other hand combines grappling with punches,
elbow shots, chokes and even headlocks. Kampfringen is more self-defense than
spectator sport.

During the early Renaissance period, an Austrian by the name of Ott Jud,
introduced German martial arts to the rest of Europe. The Austrian master
incorporated Ringen with arm locks, throws, and joint breaks to increase its
efficiency in combat. Other European lords are said to have adapted the said
style due to its effectiveness. Ringen evolved from a defensive martial art to
an “offensive” style aimed to debilitate opponents because of Ott Jud.

Today, Ringen is overshadowed by other popular unarmed fighting styles like
Brazilian jiu-jitsu or Muay Thai. However, one cannot deny its contribution to
martial arts, especially in Europe. From a complementary fighting style, it
improved into its very own technique. Let’s hope that Ringen will still
continue to grow and break into mainstream MMA.

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