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Let lockdown propel you to improved mental and emotional health
The rules that come with lockdown can have an impact one’s mental and emotional wellbeing. With stress and anxiety triggers such as finances, jobs, and the safety of your loved ones; facing all these things begs the salient question – how you are dealing with it? Is it in a constructive manner?  We have just › Read more
Family bonds: Fitness formation
Especially after being grounded for so long, now is a good time to achieve a healthy mind and body. Instead of trying to bring more balance to your active life all by yourself, why not involve your family and change the dynamic of your basic training sessions. When you work out and train as a › Read more
Surviving Lockdown Sane & Sound
Using Martial Arts & Fitness To Maintain Your Mental & Physical Wellbeing We’re all doing what we can in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Unfortunately, when “doing what we can” means staying at home and avoiding human contact, it can feel an awful lot like doing nothing. At the SMA Centre, we fully agree › Read more
Fight Fatigue With The SMA Centre
It’s hard to deny that by the time we get through January it already feels like we’ve faced a full year’s worth of woe. The Brits call it “February fatigue” and while we don’t have their grey weather or their Brexit woes to weary us in the post-holiday months, it’s hard to deny that even › Read more
Choosing The Right Chinese Martial Art For You
It’s a new year, a time for new beginnings and new challenges. And if you don’t train any martial arts yet, it’s not too late to add it to your list of resolutions. But with all the martial arts options available (we offer 8 different arts at the SMA Centre alone) it can be tough › Read more
Resolve To Be Better Through Discipline
Christmas is just around the corner, with New Year’s hot on its heels, and you know what that means. It’s time to eat too much, drink too much, and to start thinking up some resolutions that you’ll be berating yourself for not keeping by the time March rolls around. But, how do you make a › Read more
Be Safe This Silly Season
Develop your situational awareness with the SMA Centre With Christmas cheer starting to fill the air, and yuletide celebrations on the horizon, it’s clear that the festive season is fast-approaching. And, with it comes an opportunity for all of us to finally set aside the grind of the year, put our feet up, and relax › Read more
Benefits of Competition For Kids
And why the martial arts are a great platform for competition With the 13th Annual Inter School Competition coming up next month, we thought it would be a good time to talk about some of the benefits of encouraging kids to engage in competitive activities. Some parents worry that encouraging too much competitiveness could be › Read more
Celebrate Women’s Day With Martial Arts Empowerment
On this Women’s Day, we’d like to take a moment to recognise that long gone are the days when the extent of a women’s concern for her fitness was limited to how much male attention she could draw with a beach-ready body. For the modern professional woman, facing all the challenges of her male counterparts › Read more
Choose & Train the ‘Best’ Martial Art
It’s pretty common for prospective martial artists to research which art is the ‘best’ before settling on which one they want to train – after all, why train if you’re not training to be the best. But the question is, is there such a thing as a best art? Being a martial arts school, you › Read more
Traditional or mixed martial arts – what’s the difference?
These days mixed martial arts (MMA) is all the rage. More and more people are searching for a complete body workout that fulfils not only their fitness needs but provides additional benefits like self-defence skills. And MMA has gained popularity precisely because it appears to offer the best instruction when it comes to facing danger › Read more
From Blade to Po – which martial art is yours?
At one time or another you’ve probably pondered the possibility of joining a martial arts class, right? I’m sure you told yourself it would be a great full-body workout and help calm your mind to achieve that elusive “balance”. However, you know that deep down there’s a more powerful drive behind the urge to contort › Read more
Congratulations, Master Liu!
SMA Centre’s head coach is awarded his 6th Dan by the Chinese Wushu Association Growth in martial arts, as in life, never ends. And even a lifelong disciple of the Chinese martial arts, such as our head coach, Shuaimeng Liu, still has new ground to break and new levels of achievement to reach for. It is › Read more
Top 3 reasons to start martial arts training as your 2019 New Year’s resolution
Happy 2019! With the New Year comes a list of resolutions for most people, and that may likely include a workout routine. You may have attempted (perhaps unsuccessfully) to keep a health-focused resolution in the past in order to reach your fitness goals and have more energy. But, there always seems to be some “reason” › Read more
5 Top martial arts destinations to travel to this holiday
There has never been a better time to ignite your passion than during these holidays. If martial arts has always been your favourite pastime and your holiday itinerary is not yet set, then we have selected a few places we feel you should visit for the ultimate martial arts experience. You can find courses for › Read more
Women Empowered Through Chinese Martial Arts- Ladies, This One Is For You
This month, at SMA Centre, we are showcasing girl power at its best and focusing the spotlight purely on the kick-ass ladies who own the floor. Who comes to your mind when someone mentions women in martial arts? Cynthia Rothrock of course! She is well-known for her moves in numerous Chuck Norris movies of the › Read more
Celebrate Heritage Month by Learning a New Art at the SMA Centre
On September 24, we celebrate Heritage Day when South Africans acknowledge their diversity, culture and beliefs. At the Shuaimeng Liu Martial Arts Centre, we recognise a truly Chinese culture, Chinese martial arts, which we have made distinctively South African. Rooted in rich origins, our classes are tailor made for everyone to reap the many benefits › Read more
Bullying doesn’t only happen to kids
Many people consider bullying to be limited to school playgrounds. But in actual fact, there are many different forms of bullying that can affect everybody, including adults. Defined as physical, verbal, relational or reactive aggression, bullying involves an imbalance of power, as the bully gets a kick out of exerting physical and emotional distress on › Read more
3 Big Benefits of Starting Martial Arts In Your Golden Years
You’re never too old to start training martial arts and while many people think of kids when they think “beginner”, the truth is that there are easily as many reasons for over-50s to train as there are for under-15s. So, if you’re in your senior years, looking for a new challenge and have never given › Read more
7 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Martial Artists
We all know Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Chuck Norris, Jet Li and all the other master martial artists that leveraged their combative skills into lucrative Hollywood careers. What people don’t know as much about are the silver screen darlings who crossed over in the other direction – whose lifestyles or the physical requirements of a › Read more
The Most Influential Martial Arts Bouts Of The Past Century: Part Two
Last month, we took you on a journey through martial arts history. We looked at some of the most influential clashes between martial artists of the last century and if you were paying attention, you might have noticed that these fights tended to be style vs. style. Boxing took on catch wrestling and Muay Thai › Read more
The Most Influential Martial Arts Bouts Of The Past Century: Part One
The evolution of martial arts throughout history has been the product of conflicts and contests between fighters, styles and even nations. Whether on the field of battle or as gentleman warriors, competing in the ring to prove (and improve) their skills, the greatest martial artists in history have been defined as much by their opponents › Read more
Mind Over Matter – 4 Ways Martial Arts Equips You For Life
When people think about the martial arts, they tend to think of the training in terms of pure physicality, but the truth is that a martial artist’s most effective tool is not his or her fists, feet or knees, but rather the mind. Yes, the body performs the techniques and absorbs the punishment, but it › Read more
4 New Year’s resolutions to take your training to the next level
So, Christmas has passed and New Year’s Day has come and gone. 2018 is here! Don’t fret though. It’s not too late to commit to the New Year’s resolutions that will make 2018 the year you blast through your personal barriers and become the ‘you’ you want to be. The martial arts are already a › Read more
Team SMA Impresses At Kung Fu Championships In China
                                            From 7-11 November 2017, 5 members from the SMA Team were honoured to compete as a part of the National Protea Wushu Team in the 7th World KungFu Championships (WKFC), hosted in Emeishan, China › Read more
5 Fantastic Benefits of Introducing Your Kids to the Martial Arts
The kids classes here at the SMA Centre are a rewarding experience for our instructors who feel a great deal of pride at transferring their skills and knowledge to the next generation of martial arts enthusiasts. Our thrill at training up a new crop of martial arts masters is only a part of why we › Read more
Work Your Core and Improve Your life
Want a Beach-Ready Body? Try Fight-Ready Fitness! Spring has sprung and Summer’s not far behind! That means it’s time to shake off Winter’s lethargic grip and start building a beach-ready body. Of course, being martial artists, we at the SMA Centre don’t abide by pure aesthetics – as our packed schedule of fitness and martial › Read more
Enhance Your Stamina With Wu Shu
SMA Rivonia branch now offers Wu Shu classes. Register now and enhance your body awareness, stamina, reflexes and balance. Widely recognized by international sports associations, Wu Shu is a reasonably challenging form of martial arts because it involves a lot of practice including fundamental stretching, kicking and legwork in order to reach a basic level › Read more
Enjoy The Best Of Both Worlds With Muay Thai
Enroll for a Muay Thai course today and reap the enormous health benefits while learning to defend yourself against attack! Originally developed in Thailand, Muay Thai is characterized by its use of stand-up kicking, along with a variety of boxing and clinching techniques. It enjoys esteem and admiration not only within its country of origin › Read more
Martial Arts Safety Guide for Beginners 101
Listen to your coach: A good coach knows what you are capable of in every stage of the training. Medical evaluation: See a doctor to medically examine you for conditions that may be aggravated by intense training if you are not sure about your current medical standing. The coach is always right: If your coach › Read more
Tai Chi Chen
Tai Chi is considered to be an “internal” form of martial arts. It relies on slow, circular movements – gracefully performed – in order to focus the mind and attain a greater sense of control and posture over the body. Tai Chi Chen teaches the practitioner to focus one’s mind and energy purely on the › Read more
Unleash your energy with Shaolin Kung Fu
Unleash your energy with Shaolin Kung Fu Shaolin Kung Fu is the most ancient form of Chinese martial arts, affiliated with The Shaolin Monastery in Henan, China and characterized by powerful external energy. It includes various forms, 25 weapons and famous styles like Tiger and Drunken Fist. Kung Fu training consists of learning a set › Read more
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu action at SMA
Catch Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu action at SMA Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art and combat sport that is defined by wrestling techniques and ground fighting. Brazilian jiu-jitsu is based on the ground fighting techniques of Kodokan Judo martial arts (called Ne-Waza). The fundamentals were taught to BJJ founder Carlos Gracie by Judo master Mitsuyo Maeda, Gracie › Read more
San Thai – Get more in one package
San Thai Get more in one package with San Thai and be one step ahead in the hexagon. Be one of the first people to register for the all new San Thai training classes- the very first in SA and globally! Exclusive to SMA, San Thai is a form of mixed martial arts (MMA) created › Read more
Shuaimeng Liu
The Master is Born! Shuaimeng Liu was born in Liao Cheng City, Shandong Province, China – not too far south from the capital city of Beijing. At the tender age of nine years old, his passion for martial arts and his unwavering determination brought him 12, 265 kilometres away from his home to the world-renowned › Read more
Half a Dozen Reasons Your Child Should Practice Martial Arts
Many of my friends often get surprised when I tell them about the exploits of our 6 – 12-year-old Sanshou students. Why, they ask in disbelief, do kids practise martial arts? Not many people know the benefits of martial arts and its contribution in building a wholesome child. The benefits are numerous and invaluable. Here, › Read more
MMA Don’ts in 5!
What is and what is not allowed in MMA? Every MMA fighting organisation has its own specific rules, and some universal rules do exist.  Today, we take a quick look at what’s not allowed. No groin attacks No knees to the head on a grounded opponent No strikes to the back of the head or › Read more
Get Your Life Back with Martial Arts
One of the most under-estimated benefits of martial arts is the role it plays in substance abuse recovery. The practice of Martial Arts, though not a one-fits-all solution, consistently compliments other methods of recovery and rehabilitation: It allows them to regain their physical health. Substance abuse often causes great harm to the body, and practicing › Read more
What Are the Benefits of Martial Arts for Kids?
We have often received enquiries from parents who want to know if we recommend martial arts classes for kids. Some have ask in disbelief, if kids really do practice martial arts? Not many people know the benefits of martial arts and its contribution in building a wholesome child. The benefits are numerous and invaluable. This › Read more