Meet with an expert in the Balinese art of Mapantigan, a form of traditional martial arts that is being preserved by the younger generations. Mapantigan is typically practiced in the mud, presenting a challenge of both physical strength and mental dexterity.
Arrive at the home of Putu Witsen, a member of the young Balinese generation working to preserve the tradition and practice of Mepantigan for the future and the world. Putu and his family serve you a welcome drink made from starch rice water. Change into Tridatu or Poleng sarongs. Tridatu feature red, white, and black colors while Poleng are black and white. These colors represent Tri Murti, the god trinity concept that serves as one of the basic beliefs of Hinduism in Bali. Red represents Brahma, the creator, black is for Wisnu, the preserver, and white represents Ciwa, the destroyer.
Head to the middle of a rice field along the riverside accompanied by the referee, and begin to learn the basic technique of Mepantigan before jumping into the muddy field. Mepantigan serves to foster physical fitness in addition to stress reduction, and also teaches lessons about friendship and sportsmanship. Putu believes that an emphasis on emotional and spiritual intelligence can develop good character while teaching to avoid violence and grow compassion. Play a game in 2 rounds, where punching, biting, kicking, and hitting is forbidden.
At the end of the game, take a dip in the river to clean off the mud and then enjoy a shower under bamboo. Enjoy a simple, organic lunch served with banana leaves and cups made from bamboo. Listen to traditional Balinese music playing in the background. After lunch, get transported back to your hotel.