True bladed weapons appear in the Neolithic with the stone axe, and diversify in shape in the course of the Bronze Age (khopesh/kopis, sword, dagger) Some early examples are the depiction of wrestling techniques in a tomb of the Middle Kingdom of Egypt at Beni Hasan (c.
2000 BCE) and pictorial representations of fist fighting in the Minoan civilization dating to the 2nd millennium BCE.
Inherent patterns of human aggression which inspire practice of mock combat (in particular wrestling) and optimization of serious close combat as cultural universals are doubtlessly inherited from the pre-human stage and were made into an "art" from the earliest emergence of that concept.
Indeed, many universals of martial art are fixed by the specifics of human physiology and not dependent on a specific tradition or era.
In ancient China, Yellow Emperor (2698 BCE) is described as a famous general who, before becoming China’s leader, wrote lengthy treatises on medicine, astrology and the martial arts.
The United Fighting Arts Federation (UFAF) is an increasingly worldwide martial arts organization founded by Mr. Members of the organization study the style of Chun Kuk Do ("The Universal Way").
Although the earliest evidence of martial arts goes back millennia, the true roots are difficult to reconstruct.