When it comes to sports and other activities involving physical strength, Nagaland is thrusting forward with tremendous zeal. The world has always been fascinated by boxing and martial arts and to this day, there are many gyms, dojos or fighting arenas dedicated to some of the greatest fighters and athletes in the domain of boxing and martial arts.
Like the rest of the world, Nagaland too has had her fair share of experience with the world of boxing and martial arts. A couple of decades ago, most people would see expert fighters and boxers such as Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson etc only on their television screens or hear about them on the radio. Inspired by the radio announcements of upcoming boxing matches, many people in the state had started the search for fighting instructors who could become their idols or influencers. Today in Nagaland, there are numerous gyms, martial arts studios and boxing octagons that are dedicated solely to train and transform men into professional fighters with rules, honor and dignity.
A recent interview with some boxers and their coach at a gym in Dimapur suggests that boxing and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) have really given a fillip to Nagaland in the global arena. The group revealed that besides other professional sports and games, MMA and boxing is proving to be more popular. And with this scenario getting bigger every day, even the women and girls are signing up for training, which proves that in Nagaland there are no gender classifications when it comes to choosing a career in sports or martial arts. This is a telling reiteration of the fact that Nagaland along with many of the other north eastern states is conducive to women sportspersons. Undoubtedly this is a huge positive in the space of physical wellness.
Even the women and girls are signing up for training, which proves that in Nagaland there are no gender classifications when it comes to choosing a career in sports or martial arts.Also the state government seems to be paying more heed to the voice of the youth and as a result, sports seem to be the utmost priority for the people and the government as of today. There are a surging number of athletes, sportspersons and also more apprentices (largely in the field of boxing and martial arts) in the state now who are trying to create history and make a name for themselves.
The legendary female boxer from Manipur, Mary Kom has inspired the lives of many and represented India in many boxing matches across the globe. She has indeed been a tremendous pride for the Naga people and the Indian nation. Her story also inspired many people to take up boxing and martial arts as a form of self defense against bullies and other antisocial people.
Moreover to keep the boxing traditions alive, every year tournaments are held (either at the state capital Kohima or at Dimapur) by the Martial Arts Association or Boxing Federation. After the end of the tournament, the best fighters are sent to other countries to represent India and most of these fighters that have travelled abroad have never failed to uplift India's name.