Would you like to learn some skills for self-defense? Or maybe develop self-discipline and build up confidence? Why not try martial arts?
Martial arts are collected systems of combat practices or fighting styles which are used not only for military and law enforcements but also for physical fitness, self-defense, mental and spiritual growth and even competitions.
When we say martial art, it is usually related with the fighting arts of East Asia. But history has it that it originated from the combat systems of Europe in 1550s. It’s a Latin word which refers to the “arts of Mars”, the Roman god of war. The Romans created gladiatorial battles as a public exhibition.
Chinese martial arts is said to have started more than 4000 years ago. During the Xia Dynasty, the Yellow Emperor Huangdi introduced the earliest fighting systems to China. It was initially used for self-defense, military training and hunting techniques.
Chinese martial arts are often regarded as kung fu and wushu where kung fu refers to “acquired skills through learning”, while wushu literally means “martial art”. They are categorized in different aspects, according to common traits, styles and geographical association.
Penang is no short of martial arts schools and learning centres. There are plenty of institutes teaching different styles. Some of the most popular are aikido, judo, wushu, jiu-jitsu and taekwondo.
Here is a list of some martial arts schools in Penang.
The Penang Aikido Dojo, an Aikido group under the umbrella of Malaysia Aikido Association (MAA), offers practical self-defense. MAA is recognized by 3 governing bodies in the country, the Malaysia National Sports Council, Rakan Muda and the Olympic Council of Malaysia.
Aikido is a Japanese martial art that promotes health and development of the mind, body and spirit. It has no tournaments or competitions, but instead is a means of self-cultivation to eliminate one’s negative characteristics.
The Penang Budo Academy primarily offers Judo and other martial arts like Aikido, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and more. It is located in Jalan Barnett in George Town.
Unity Aikido Penang is the first Nishio Ryu Aikido School in Malaysia and is affiliated with Aikido Shoushinkai Japan. Located in Jalan Green Hall, it offers self-defense Nishio-ryu aikido style.
The Jiu Jitsu Penang Island Club teaches traditional Japanese Jiu Jitsu for teens and adults alike.
Kombative Fitness teaches Muay Thai, Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, and other fitness programs like TRX Training, Bootcamp, and Cardio Kickboxing. Located in D’Piazza Mall, Bayan Baru, they gym is fully-equipped with martial arts facilities like boxing ring, weights area, cage area and more.
The International Academy of WingChun offers WingChun classes, a self-defence system. Here, students learn advanced strategy to control all conceivable attacks. It is located in Jalan Irrawadi, but there are many groups around the island like the Bayan Lepas Group and the Taman Sri Nibong Residents’ Association.
One of the pioneers in the martial arts industry in Malaysia, K-One Martial Arts Academy (K-One MAA) has been in Penang for 13 years. With a list of dedicated followers, it aims to conduct local and national tournaments to promote awareness of martial arts in the country.
Aikido Shudokan Malaysia is a Martial Art School teaching the art of Yoshinkan Aikido. It has been in Malaysia since 1952. Aside from the Budo Academy in Barnett Road and Bukit Mertajam in Penang, their other locations are in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Ipoh.
Penang Aikido Dojo or TSN Dojo is under the umbrella of the Malaysia Aikido Association. It is officially acclaimed by Aikido World Headquarters in Tokyo Japan. They have branches in Bayan Lepas and Midlands, George Town.
Penang Kendo Club is the only Kendo group in the island. It is located in YMCA in Jalan Macalister.
Looi Martial Arts Taekwondo Centre conducts training sessions for young and old in a number of locations throughout the island. Its main location is in Kompleks Masyarakat Penyayang in Jalan Utama.