Supposedly based on the “philosophy of Celtic individuality” is a North American martial art form known as Sli Beatha. This “hybrid” martial art is said to have originated from the United States of America, and was first created by a police officer named Craig Smith. Furthermore, this martial art form supposedly integrates “the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of a human being”. In addition, Sli Beatha when literally translated means “Way of life”.
a. History/origin of the Sli Beatha:
Apparently, Sli Beatha was first created by a former special operations police officer Craig Smith. Furthermore, this form of martial art was first taught in Warrensburg, Missouri. According to Smith this martial art form was based on the “philosophy of Celtic individuality”, and was created basically to integrate “the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of a human being”. In addition, Smith from 1996 to 2003 published a magazine dedicated to martial art, fitness, and combat sport called “Grandmaster”.
b. Weapon used in the Sli Beatha:
Like several other martial art forms, the “hands and the legs” of the fighter are used as the weapon.
c. Technique involved in the Sli Beatha and training availability:
In terms of the technique, a fighter essentially uses “kicks and punches” to overcome opponents. Furthermore, “grappling” techniques may also be used by the fighter as form of “self defense” against an opponent. As for training centers/schools, there are none available around the world for this “hybrid” martial art form.