September 23, 2017

Traditional martial arts wants to kick start interest

Children learn Myanmar traditional martial arts in Mandalay.  Photo: Thiha Ko Ko
Children learn Myanmar traditional martial arts in Mandalay. Photo: Thiha Ko Ko

THE Myanmar Martial Arts Sub-Committee of Mandalay Region plans to promote public interest in traditional martial arts through a wide range of activities, said trainer U Aung Naing Tun.
“As a first step, we made arrangements to spread the country’s martial arts among people in Mandalay as a sport,” he added.
“The new programme is being drafted for the benefit of all people, especially women and the elderly, to correct their misunderstandings about martial arts. Most of people think only young people can perform martial arts,” he said.
U Aung Naing Tun added: “We will educate people on the important role of martial arts in helping people maintain their physical health and fitness.”
Martial arts instructors are now working to disseminate traditional combat practices among local young people, another trainer said.
As part of this effort, a two-week basic martial arts training programme was opened at the Aungmye Mandalar Sports Ground in Mandalay Region free of charge, with the organisers planning to organise trainings in the townships throughout the region. Myanmar’s traditional martial arts known as ‘Thaing’ is expected to be popular again among the youths in the future, said a trainer.

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