Mr Miyagi set the standard for martial
training over 20 years ago but the dawn of a new decade
has seen a shift in popularity towards a number of diverse forms
sprouting from deep in the heart of Asia.
The continent, and in particular Vietnam, has benefited from an
increase in interest towards the various sports. The country has a
distinct Chinese influence but, over thousands of years, has added its
own variations to the forms of mixed martial arts.
An increase in the availability of mixed martial arts at local gyms has
seen fitness fanatics offered an alternative training method away from
the often mundane environment of treadmills and free weights. Martial
arts can teach discipline, self defence and even give you an insight
into the cultures behind the forms of self defence.
While the pound might not hold much value in Europe, in Asia you can
still get a lot for your money. Due to the huge popularity of the
region with travellers, discount hotels
are easy to come by and you don't have to look far to find the cheapest flights
Modern day gym environment has seen an emphasis away from traditional
methods, and martial arts are benefitting from an increase in
participation levels, despite some of them originating hundreds of
On the other hand, technological advances have meant that you can even
train your body with just one push of a button. Power Plate
has created a little boom of its own and is fast becoming one of the
most popular gym appliances. The technology utilises a vibrating
platform that sends pulsations through the muscles in order for them to
develop strength and size. It may sound like the easy option but just
ten minutes can be as effective as one hour of conventional training.
This summer's World Cup will merge sport with international travel for
many fans venturing to Africa's most southern nation. It is these two
concepts that have seen thousands of people make the trip to Vietnam in
order to experience mixed martial arts in its natural environment. So
why not sample the country's impressive landscapes and stunning culture
and see what all the fuss is about for yourself?