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The new decade provides martial arts enthusiasts with a chance to break free

Mr Miyagi set the standard for martial arts 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 years ago.

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?

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