Historically the martial tradition in Europe has been an inclusive one; the European in HEMA refers to the countries in which the techniques were practised. It never was and never should be the basis for inclusion of or exclusion of those wishing to study.
It’s a sad fact that many groups in life have an unpleasant element, a problem with historical European and other martial arts are by no means immune to. This is why this movement was started, as a symbol for people to get behind making it plain that clubs and the community as a whole, will not stand for people being excluded or worse based on race, sex, immigration status, sexuality or any other reason.
“Several years ago I started Fighters Against Racism as I perceived an upswing in the amount of racial abuse within sport. I wanted a simple way for schools teachers and students of the martial arts, to state that they will not judge people based on their regardless of gender, immigration status, race, or religion.
Of course it takes more than a T shirt to make that happen, we must make great efforts to make that inclusive environment within our schools. But hey, the T shirt gets the message across too.”
David Rawlings, FAR founder
FAR is a group for martial artists of all kinds who want to take a stand against racism and ensure that anyone can practice our arts and be part of the community without fear of discrimination.
It is a movement and an ethos, with a simple clear goal making all people feel they are welcome into a community that is free from hate. And to remind people who might think otherwise that this is not the place for them.
What can you do?
Wear the FAR logo to show your commitment to diversity and inclusivity at your clubs, schools and events.
We encourage people to use the logo on their club sites and at events.
Promote this page, and the ethos for which our community stands.