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10 Masterful Martial Arts

According to my research, martial arts have been around since at least the 1984. One Daniel Larusso moved across the United States, from New Jersey to California and, along with a man named Mr Miyagi, they developed the art using nothing more than a pair of chopsticks and a fly.

Since then, the sport has gone global, spawning an inordinate number of spin offs, including one which I’m particularly keen to master: Drunkard’s Boxing. You’ll learn more — hiccup — about that in — hiccup — a moment. First up, let’s get you prepared with a short warm up, based on Miyagi’s very own ancient technique: wax on, wax off.

Wax on. Wax off. Wax on. Wax off. Wax on. Wax off. Wax on. Wax off. Wax on. Wax off. Wax on. Wax off. Wax on. Wax off. Wax on. Wax off. Wax on. Wax off. Wax on. Wax off. Wax on. Wax off. Wax on. Wax off. Wax on. Wax off. Wax on. Wax off. Wax on. Wax off. Wax on. Wax off. OK, stop. Now go the other way.

Bring your chop-chop this way, we’re taking a roundhouse to the world, with a look at some of the planet’s most kick-ass martial arts. I guess this is where we take a respectful bow?

High kick

Limber up, there are 10 Martial Arts coming up with a kick… | Photo by kaibara87

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High Five… Africa’s Wildlife!

If it’s wild animal spotting you’re after, you’re not going to get much better than the wildlife spotting in Africa. Lions, zebra, elephants, leopards, cheetahs, even gorillas, to name but a few, and all in their natural habitat. London Zoo, this ain’t.

If you can only visit Africa for a short time, no problem: choose a region and head to its wildlife hotspot! If you’re doing a bit of an epic trip, lucky you: wild animal spotting opportunities are around every corner.

So raise your hand and get ready to give Africa’s wildlife a massive HIGH FIVE! If you’ve been to Africa, share your own animal encounter in the comments thread below.

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Spotlight: Morocco Kasbahs & Desert

Welcome to the Spotlight, a brand new feature to the STA Travel Blog that shines a light on the experience of joining one of the exciting group tours that we offer for destinations around the world. This week, Erin Rigg — a former tour leader turned STA Travel Round the World Expert at our Portsmouth Branch — is shining the Spotlight on an 8-day tour that hooks around Morocco, called Morocco Kasbahs & Desert.

We’ve got eight action-packed days to experience eight places, starting in Casablanca, the city made by famous by Hollywood, and finishing up mesmerised by the snake charmers of Djemma el Fna, Marrakech.

Chalked in the middle we’ve got camel riding to a Berber camp in the Sahara, trekking in the Todra Gorge, and shopping for metal storks, leather slippers and — if you’re like the guys on this trip — a marble kitchen sink.

Sweep through the urban allure to the magic of the Sahara along the Morocco Kasbahs & Desert

And then there’s the fun of negotiating the mazes of the 10,000 un-named streets of the Fez medina! We’ll feast on dates and figs, lamb and pigeon pastries, and drink more sweet and minty green tea then you think you can handle.

But you can handle it, and you can do all of the above, on this circle through the heart of Morocco.

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High Five… Africa

Today’s High Five subject is the world’s second largest continent, and widely believed to be the oldest inhabited territory on planet Earth. These reasons are just some of a few that attract thousands of people each year to travelling to Africa.

Plus, it’s probably one of the most underrated destinations, and can offer you something a world away from the most well-trodden backpacker trails…

Summing up Africa in five easily digestible chunks of prose is going to be tricky… but I’ll give it a crack anyway. One thing I will say is, if David Attenborough’s been there so much, it’s got to be pretty damn amazing, right?
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