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The Soviet Union’s Ban on Karate: A Brutal Twist in Martial Arts History

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Karate, introduced to the Soviet Union in the 1960s, flourished until it became associated with criminal gangs and violent protests, leading to its ban in 1981. Despite its revival in 1989, the martial art never regained its previous popularity. The ban had significant influences on the Soviet martial arts landscape and societal norms, revealing the complexities of integrating such sports into differing political and social ideologies.

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Mau Rākau: Preserving the Maori Martial Art and Cultural Heritage

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Mau Rākau, a traditional Maori martial art, has seen a resurgence since the 1980s as part of the broader Maori cultural renaissance. The art form, which involves the skilled use of traditional Maori weaponry, has its roots in indigenous New Zealand traditions. It’s not only a testament to Maori history, but also plays a crucial role in preserving their cultural heritage. Mau Rākau’s influence is apparent in modern media, notably in the Star Wars character Boba Fett, making the martial art globally recognized.

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