MEPANTIGAN: BALINESE MUD MARTIAL ARTS
Mepantigan, which means “to throw,” is a form of Balinese wrestling that combines self-defence techniques, traditional dancing and fun in the mud. The act is soundtracked by gamelan (a Balinese percussion ensemble) while participants grapple in knee-deep mud with the aim to tripping or throwing their opponent down into the rice field.
Founded by Putu Witsen Widjaya, a martial arts champion, Yayasan Mepantigan hosts hands-on courses in the basics of the practice as a novel stress reliever and fitness builder. Visitor donations from each half-day session help to fund the education of young students from the surrounding area of Batubulan which serve as the the foundation’s instructors.