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Martial Arts - Niche Market #21

RT Cunningham | January 26, 2021 (UTC) | Blogging

martial artsMartial arts is not only a hobby for a lot of people, it’s a means of self-defense for people who lack fighting skills. The classes and the equipment needed for training can be expensive.

The Martial Arts Niche Market

This major category includes the following subcategories. Despite my own personal history with martial arts, I don’t know what half of these things are supposed to be.

Martial Arts Training

There was a short period of time when I was a teenager in high school in Hawaii when I attempted to learn one form of martial arts or another. It was so long ago (more than 40 years) that really don’t remember all the details. After weeks of stretching exercises and knuckle push-ups, my family (my parents’ family) decided to move, and I didn’t bother to take it up again at our next location.

I mentioned my experience to one guy when I was on mess duty in the Marine Corps in 1979. Another guy, who had a brown belt in something and was eavesdropping on the conversation, told me I must have had a pink belt in some fairy art. We became friends months later, but not without a scuffle or two.

Martial arts was a big thing in the seventies and eighties, probably because of all the Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris movies. I don’t know how big of a thing it is today, but there seems to be a lot of emphasis on MMA.

Photo Attribution: Marvin Rheinheimer from Pixabay

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