Directory of Martial Art Training Schools in Asia
亚洲 - 武术 名单
FOUNDED (成立): 2010
UPDATED (更新): May 11, 2023
UPDATED (更新): May 11, 2023
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.
New Silk Roads Martial Arts YouTube Channel: @silkroadmartialartsfriends7329
And on TikTok:
@Silk Road Martial Art Nomad
To help further share the martial arts legacies of Asia and the west, the founder of this site recently started YouTube and TikTok channels. True, I'm preternaturally busy these days working on a dozen different projects, but my martial arts hobbies really keep me smiling. See above for new links. Tragically, my video production is on-hold till I get a new OS, hopefully before too long. But, keep an eye on www.kungfumagazine.com because there's one new April 2023, Silk Road Kung Fu Friendship Tour article on the front page now, and another soon to be published, both from Chiang Mai, Thailand.
NEVER STOP TRAINING!
NEVER STOP TRAINING!
THE SEA Games are on-going now!
"From 5-17 May 2023, athletes from 11 nations will compete for medals across 37 different sports at the 32nd Southeast Asian Games, taking place at first-time hosts Cambodia.
At the last edition at Hanoi 2021, athletes took part in 526 events in 40 different sports. At SEA Games 2023, 581 medals are at stake.
Check out our complete medal table which we will update daily."
Forged from fire: how swords shaped China and Europe's cultural histories
By Paul Hackett & Yegor Shyshov • Updated: 22/12/2022
Forged 2,600 years ago, the Longquan Sword was the first of its kind to be made from iron in Chinese history. At around the same time, Toledo in Spain was becoming a centre for swordmaking, with first Carthaginian general Hannibal and then the Romans becoming aware of the quality of the city's steel..."
It's an interesting article for those who have an appreciation of fine swords. When I lived in South Korea 2001-2009 I researched the traditional sword-smiths of that nation and built a site. Some of the contact links may no longer be working but it is unlikely the art itself has changed.
In Doha Qatar I often hung out at the well-known sword shop of friend Shamsan (who also helped me get outfitted in Arab Thawb), a must stop for men wishing to get married in an Arabic country.
Nov. 11, 2022 - The Silk Road Kung Fu Friendship Tour is ON! And getting bigger and better than ever. To reach bigger audiences it has expanded to include many arts and sciences, including all martial arts along the Silk Roads.
Kung Fu in Phuket?
ABOVE: Recently, Silk Road martial art traveler and writer Stone Dragon visited Yaowaluck Taekwondo in Beautiful Chiang Mai Thailand. Wow! I had a good time. First, I led a youngsters' class for about 90 minutes, and that was awesome(!) because they're great Taekwondo-ka(!) with splendid enthusiasm, and the next evening led the adult class. Fun, fun, fun! But, alas, at the minute, Stone Dragon has too much work to do - but will, with just a little luck, return before too long to Yaowaluck Taekwondo in Beautiful Chiang Mai Thailand.
To quote a lady friend of mine: "I think she earned the world's respect with her hard-working straight forward sincere spirit, wise philosophy, and style of fighting. I've become a fan of hers already . "
Zhang Weili was the first great Chinese female MMA superstar, but she's not the only one. For a good story from South China Morning Post about four other up and coming Chinese lady MMA stars, read here.
Aug 15, 2022 https://www.flowrestling.org/articles/7947533-2022-u20-world-championships-mens-freestyle-recap
Tectonic Shifts in Muay Thai!
According to Nation Thailand News
Aug. 5 "Women fighters make debut at Thailand’s oldest Muay Thai stadium
Aida Looksaikongdin and Zarah Venum Muay Thai will kick off a new era at Rajadamnern Stadium in Bangkok, whose ring has been exclusively preserved for male fighters since it opened 77 years ago in 1945...
Along with the introduction of female fighters, Muay Thai legend Buakaw Banchamek is due to fight at the stadium on August 19 – his first Rajadamnern appearance since 2004."
Respect for White Lotus
Awesome fighter Buakaw made waves in world of Muay Thai - Can he do it again?
You have to see him fight to fully realize: This guy is awesome! He uses classic Muay Thai technique combined with all the qualities of all of great fighters, speed, power, and timing. He is relentless.
Where is Buakaw from? Like many or most great Muay Thai fighters he's from a rural area - home province is Surin in the northeastern Thailand. He started his fighting career at the age of eight.
Below are a couple of training videos I got in another rural town called Kranuan a few months ago. Ain't no doubts about it: Those boys train hard.
Martial art training for kids promotes more than just fitness and self-confidence
I and most people don't like bullies. You can see them on school grounds the world over. Usually he's bigger than his peers, much bigger, and can be found front and center walking along the school grounds like The King, flanked by two or three of his followers on each side. Those Big Bullies are unavoidable for regular kids.
And, they are always busy, shaking down smaller kids for their lunch money, other personal items, self-respect and joy of life. Enter the fight club. It can be Muay Thai or any number of other styles.
That fight club can change the balance of power in the world of kids in schools. How so? Even smaller kids can learn to teach that big bully respect, shave off his followers, and earn freedom for all the kids from the terror of the Big Bully. If your town doesn't have a martial art training center of some kind - it should.
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.
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.
Nov. 2022 Note on Triathlon China - I moved to Thailand Oct. 17, 2021 and haven't had time to keep the above site up to date since then. However, I remain on China's major WeChat groups - hope visas to China open and soon and will back up to speed in the near future! In the meantime, I'm traveling the Silk Roads exploring the martial art scenes, running, swimming and biking!
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:
Chinese Wushu Association中国武术协会:
In Chinese but Google Translator does a reasonable job of translating it.
INTERNATIONAL WUSHU FEDERATION
"Never give a sword to a man that cannot dance."
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