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Top 5 Martial Arts Destinations to Beat the Winter Blues

by Klara Kristi

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If you happen to be currently residing in a country of four seasons, it’s time to brace yourself cause the cold, dreary days of winter is just around the corner!

As the days become colder, it becomes harder to resist the temptation to slouch in the couch all day with boxes of take-aways piled up around you. But instead of doing so, why not fight the urge this time around and use this opportunity to fly off to a sunny destination and stay physically active?

Embrace your passion for martial arts and train like a champ while everyone else hibernates all season long. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled five perfect destinations to help you beat your winter blues and step up your combat skills!


martial arts training in Bali

Tired of putting on layers and layers of clothes before going out of the house every morning? Imagine waking up to the warm sunshine lightly kiss your face, and the smell of jasmine tea accompanied by the serene sounds of birds chirping

Intrigued? Then you need to make your way to the world’s largest nation of archipelagos, Indonesia!

Though it’s renowned for year-round warm tropical weather, diverse cultures and its scrumptious cuisines (you simply need to try out one of its most popular dishes, “Nasi Goreng”) what you may not already know is that Indonesia has its own lethal martial arts practices that date back for centuries such as Pencak Silat.

Here’s a fun fact, you may not have realized it but it’s quite possible that you’ve witness some lethal moves of Pencak Silat already.

If you have seen John Wick 3, The Raid franchise, and/or even Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you’ve seen Pencak Silat in action! Don’t believe us? Yayan ‘Mad Dog’ Ruhian, a renowned martial artist & actor, starred in all of these movies where he also helped choreograph their fight scenes. 


South & Central Americas, and The Caribbean


martial arts training in Brazil
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Fancy going somewhere warm and exotic but prefer to opt out of the long haul flight across the globe? Then South America, Central America as well as The Caribbean are your best bets!

With pleasant weather, warm hospitality and plenty of great food, this region is a fantastic destination to escape the winter season.

What’s more is that there are many martial arts styles that are unique to the region to immerse yourself into such as the notorious Vale Tudo, the lethal Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) and the ever so popular CapoeiraSince the new year is just around the corner,  why not start early and get that sexy toned muscles you’ve always dreamed of? We guarantee that it’ll be an experience that you won’t regret!


The Philippines


martial arts training in the Philippines

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The Philippines is amongst the favorites of South East Asian destinations and it’s not hard to understand why especially if you consider yourself a beach bum. This beautiful country has plenty of great beaches for you to check out!

It is also renowned as the Zip-Liners’ capital of Asia with an island to suit every taste, from the marooned slick of sand in the middle of the ocean to sprawling mega-islands like Luzon and Mindanao.

While you’re there, be sure to learn the ancient and highly valuable martial arts of the Philippines of which are Arnis, Eskrima, and Kali. Not only are they some of the most lethal martial arts in the world, but these battle skills have also been developed and refined over the centuries from Magellan to World War II!



martial arts training in Siem Riep

A country of breathtaking natural beauty with an incredible heritage, Cambodia may not be a popular martial arts training destination yet but it is surely rising in popularity!

The reason for this is that more and more martial artists are looking to train in its National martial arts and discipline, Kun Khmer. And what better way to learn its moves than to train where it all began? 

While you’re in this beautiful country, don’t miss out on sampling on various Cambodian dishes – many of which has been influenced by the French!

This nation is also renowned for its countless scenic views that is ideal to be explored on a motorcycle tour. 


What are you waiting for? Book your spot at a martial arts training camp and be on your way of becoming the best version of yourself. We’ll see you there!

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