Directory of Martial Art Training Schools in Asia
亚洲 - 武术 名单
FOUNDED (成立): 2010
UPDATED (更新): March 21, 2022
UPDATED (更新): March 21, 2022
This site is a directory of martial art clubs and associations along the Silk Roads and brief news about illustrious martial arts people, events, history and philosophy.
For information on various Asian martial arts, it's easiest to look at their HQ websites. The following is a short list.
Judo (IJF), Jujutsu (SJJI Japan) (INJA) (JJIF) (WJJF) (AJJIF), Karate [WKF World Karate Federation] [Shorin-Ryu Karate Do Oshukai, ISKKF] [Goju Ryu JKF Gojukai] [Shotokan ISKF, SKIF] [Kenpo IKKF], [Kyokushin K.W.F., IKF] Kendo (AJKF, FIK), Kung Fu (IKFF, IKF), Muay Thai (IFMA*), Pencat Silat (IPSF), Taekwondo (WTF), Taekwondo (ITF)
* The International Federation of Muaythai Associations (IFMA) is the sole recognised sport governing body of amateur and professional Muay Thai and Muay boran consisting of 130 member countries worldwide with 5 continental federations after unification of International Federation of Muaythai Amateur and World Muaythai Council. IFMA is officially recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), the Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations (ARISF), the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) International World Games Association (IWGA), and Trim and Fitness International Sport for All Association (TAFISA). Muaythai has been included in many official sport programs such as the World Games, World Combat Games, Arafura Games, TAFISA Games, SEA Games, Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, Asian Beach Games, Demonstration Sport in the Asian Games.
Silk Road Kung Fu - Taekwondo - and other martial Arts - Friendship Tour - is back on the road!
Yep! It was getting a bit chilling up there in the far north, and I figured it's time for a break. So, packed a bag, and wow! It's tropical island paradise time.
Kung Fu in Phuket?
Gumpun Muay Thai, Khon Kaen City, Isan Region, Thailand
When traveling I always like to stop by whatever martial arts clubs are around, get to know the owners, coaches and athletes training there. Recently I was in Khon Kaen City and had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Goi, who opened Gumpun Muay Thai in 2018. It's been a rough few years with lots of openings and closings due to COVID-19, but she's an enthusiastic Muay Thai practitioner and club owner. During our 30 minute interview I found out she started her training at Fitfac Muay Thai in Bangkok, also owned by a lady. I think that's https://mtm-academy.com and sent a message to confirm. Anyways, Ms. Goi at Gumpun likes her club to appeal to "ordinary people" not so much the professional crowd. It's very nice with air-conditioning, five great trainers and about 50 students. I asked her if anyone in her family was also into Muay Thai, and she said "No." I asked if she every had to fight when she was a kid, and she said "No." I asked why she opened Gumpun Muay Thai and she answered: "It's fun!" Bravo! A great motivation in my estimation. Ms. Goi owner and manager of Gumpun Muay Thai in Khon Kaen can be contacted via her website at: http://gumpunmuaythai.com/en/index.html
Rural Muay Training? Going strong!
Future world champion? Who knows!
Left to right - High school trainee, Kru Tong and writer.
UFC & Joe Rogan - A worldwide phenomenon
2022.02.09 How MMA shaped the remarkable rise of Joe Rogan / Now the world's most famous podcaster, Joe Rogan's influence on popularizing mixed martial arts cannot be understated - Joe Rogan wasn't just a fan of martial arts, he was a practitioner. By the age of 19, Rogan had won the US Open Championship taekwondo tournament, as well as becoming the Massachusetts full-contact state champion four years running. / Had mixed martial arts been a thing when he was 20, the odds suggest that he would have transitioned in that direction. But when Rogan emerged from his teenage years, there was little to no publicity for this type of fighting beyond grainy VHS tapes labeled 'Vale Tudo' (which translates to 'anything goes') imported from Brazil. / So he went in another direction: comedy... / White eventually convinced him to take the gig in return for free tickets for his friends, before eventually offering him a contract (and a paycheck) after Rogan had worked 15 UFC fight cards. He remains tethered to the UFC broadcast desk to this day... https://www.rt.com/sport/548695-joe-rogan-mma-history
Phuket Island Special
Top Picks for Muay Thai in Phuket Include
SINBI MUAY THAI - Rawai, Phuket
Sinbi Muay Thai had about 30 people training there at the time I visited including two world champions and at least four or five top Thai professionals. They also have classes for beginners and intermediate. The coaches and facilities are great. This is a world-class training center. I like the fact the owner is a former champion himself, is a family man and is there for consultation, training, and advice. Mornings and afternoon are probably the best times to train as around 5:00 pm pretty many fighters showed up. The early afternoon is probably best for individualized training. If you're looking for sparring partners around 5:00 pm is the time to come. Check in at the office when you arrive.
Incidentally, Rawai is only about 3 km. away from the Andaman Sea. If you love beaches and spectacular sunrises and sunsets, this the best place in the world.
If you're thinking about Muay Thai, or MMA training, this place is great. They've got a full range of training equipment, clean, modern on-site housing, showers, great restaurants nearby, and genuine likable coaches that know how to push without overdoing it. I made many new friends here. I like the family atmosphere.
A large scale Muay Thai training center. I especially like the bags as they are the real Muay Thai bags I used to train with the 1990s, not the MMA bags I usually see in Muay Thai clubs these days. Training is 7:30 - 9:00 am and 5:00 - 7:00 pm. Office manager is named "Sun." He's an easy going friendly guy with great English. There's a super-nutrition restaurant there too. I visited about 3:00 pm, and there were only six or seven people training. It was about to rain so because I bike around this island and had another 10 km to get home, I kept this visit short. The owner by the way is a British doctor lady that cares about the athletes.
Muay Thai and MMA: Phuket Fight Club
If you are, or want to be fighting in MMA - this is one of the Top places to be. They've got a huge compound including huge Muay Thai training hall with three rings, another very large hall for BJJ, on campus housing and even a small pool. The people and facilities are great. I made many new friends here.
Some photos from yesteryear!
- The Silk Road Kung Fu & Taekwondo
Best MMA Training in Qatar?
Gotta say thanks to the great guys at The Cage Sport on Salwa Road, Ain Khalid Area. They have an excellent scene there with boxing, kickboxing, jujitsu, and taekwondo. Cool atmosphere with a ring, bags and top coaches.
This Silk Road is, and always was -
LIVE YOUR DREAMS
2 Kings of the MMA Hill in China? Kunlun FIGHT & CKF - China Kung Fu
Kunlunjue was founded in 2014. They've got international connections, great fighters and nice sites! (But in Chinese language only.)
For more information about CKF go to:
(This is a new 2016 link, in Chinese)
One Fighting Championship headquartered in Singapore is still GOING STRONG!
A few of my other Internet sites:
Fighting Arts Africa
Chinese Traditional Medicine 中药
It's far from finished, but the address is:
Triathlon in China (铁人三项)
For updates on triathlons in China, the is the only English language site.
China FashioNation 中国 时装
Do your friends threaten to call the "fashion police" on you? If so, this is the place to start remolding your public image.
This is an old site I haven't had time to keep up. In South Korea at Nonsan University I taught English in the Fashion Design program for years and do find fashion an interesting art! But alas, the demands of the world are many. A pity I don't have a few clones to help.
You can find some Wushu related and contact information at these sites:
"Never give a sword to a man that cannot dance."
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