The Malaysian Grandmasters Association (MAGMA) has teamed up with Asia Pacific Open University to offer academic qualifications for Martial artists. A range of courses can be taken up under the MAGMA MArtial Arts Academy, offering Core and Elective courses. Core courses includes Foundations in Anatomy & Physiology and Emergency Aid, Adat & Adab Melayu and Academic Research Methods , and Melayu Physiotherapy & Herbal Therapy. The elective courses not only includes Silat, but also Aikido as well as Free style Martial arts.
The faculty was set up in 2009 by MAGMA, an associative body of martial arts instructors from all over Malaysia. MAGMA has a membership spanning 45 martial styles with a membership totaling 500,000 people. With the overwhemling support of these organisations, the MMAA/APAC has launched Diploma, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate programs in martial arts, encompassing self-defence, culture, arts, sports, self-development, medicine and many more.
This long awaited step-up up by MAGMA in the Academic region means alot to martial artists, who felt left out of the research and scientific fields of study at tertiary institutions. In 2011, MMAA/APAC produced the world’s pioneer batch of martial arts university graduates from various styles and schools. MMAA/APAC is now firmly poised to change how martial arts is viewed in Malaysia and throughout the world. The university will begin setting up sattelite learning centres in Indonesia, Singapore and Brunei before launching its programs globally.
Guru Azlan Ghanie, co-founder and vice president of MMAA will hopefully be visiting South Africa next year to offer courses in Silat, senaman Tua, as well as malay traditional massage and healing. Any interested parties wishing to take part in any future workshops to be held in Cape Town should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further info. To learn More about MAGMA Martial Arts Academy, see http://asiapacific-ou.com/MAGMA.html
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