Top 5 Martial Arts Destinations to Beat the Winter Blues
by Alex Wright
We've teamed up with our travel expert friends at Book Martial Arts by Tripaneer, one of the world's leading niche travel specialists. In this blog, they pick out some of the best destinations for martial arts training camps to beat the winter blues.
If you reside in a country of four seasons, you'll currently be in the midst of the long, dark days, perhaps with thoughts turning to warmer climes; golden beaches and the warm caress of summer sun.
For most holidaymakers, we're talking days lounging on the beach towel, drink in hand and doing not a great deal. For those with more active intentions and a passion for martial arts, there are some awe-inspiring destinations ... the experts at Tripaneer take us through five perfect destinations to help you beat your winter blues and step up your combat skills!
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”
2. The Philippines
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The Philippines is among 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 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!
Dubbed by The Lonely Planet, one of the world’s most popular travel guide, as “astonishingly exotic and utterly compelling”, Vietnam is a country of breathtaking natural beauty with an incredible heritage. While you’re sampling the world-famous (and seriously addictive) Vietnamese coffee, and exploring the countless scenic views that this nation is known for, do set aside some time to check out the local Martial Arts “Vovinam” which seeks to train your body as well as the mind.
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Welcome to the most exuberant nation of South East Asia. There’s a myriad of attractions in Thailand – from ruined cities to rave parties and it's well-renowned for hospitable locals. Thailand was one of the first corners of South East Asia who really opened up to outsiders, helped by King Rama IV from the 19th Century and his love of all things Western. Thailand is western-friendly; you can almost view it as your own personal exotic hometown!
While you’re there, why not visit some of the local Muay Thai Gym and experience training in the Art of Eight Limbs from some of the nation’s strongest underground warriors? Don’t forget to indulge yourself with a Thai Massage accompanied by ice-cold beer! If you need some tips to prepare for your Thailand martial arts trip, do check out our 5 Things You Should Know Before Going On a Muay Thai Training in Thailand post.
5. South, Central Americas, and The Caribbean
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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, Central, and The Caribbean are your best options!
With pleasant weather, warm hospitality and plenty of great food, this region is a fantastic destination to escape the winter season. What’s more, 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“Capoeira”.