I thought the Philippines also had their own martial art, i thought they specialized in stock fighting and also had some hand to hand combat system?
oh.. you may have misread my post... we do have a local martial arts... the Arnis and Yawyan... I'm not sure about hand-to-hand combat except for boxing though..:D anyways.. those two are the more famous ones...
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I would say go to Phillipines for the stick fighting (Eskrima) - id love to learn eskrima properly.
Cambodia/Thailand for the Pradal Serey/Muay Thai (similar but the two countries disagree strongly about where the sport/art originated - this is a bit of a taboo topic btw) Cambodia would be cheaper by miles & less touristy but Thailand has some really top quality camps - just google it.
Silat is good but more of an art then a fighting sport like Muay Thai. This depends on what you want out of these experiences. Malaysia or Indonesia would be best for this & itd be very different to muay thai - but different good.
San Da in china would be good & cheap but you will be one of a hundred people learning unless you go for smaller, less recognised places. Watch out though, there is a bit of reputation about tourists getting ripped off by the Chinese gong fu people when they want to learn gong fu.
Japan has some amazing karate styles which look devestating, but id go to Japan for the Judo or jujitsu personally. This would be expensive though, and would add significantly to your flight costs.
Pretty much it depends what you want to learn and how much you want to spend. Id say some time in Thailand would give you not only good times but a really good chance to get quality training for a decent price. check out muaythailand.com by the way. You can prob find anything in most asian countries these days. You can learn kung fu in BKK if you really want to.
Personally id say go for the experience and try a bit of each art/sport & different countries - you have a lot of money to do so (although if it was me id def spend most of my time in the Phillipines and Thailand)
goodluck & have fun
Since you have mentioned Asia, I am wondering what made you to skip India. India is equally cheap as other countries being mentioned here.
In India mostly everywhere English is spoken & understood (except for very remote places). You'll find signboards, brochure, guidebook in English.
Also, if you want to stuck to a place for some months, you can also teach your martial art and in the process earn some money as well.
Give it a thought.
about stick fighting in the Philippines.. I'm not very familiar with Eskrima (listed in Wikipedia) which in my impression is similar with Fencing... but I'm familiar of a different stick fighting martial art here in the country and it is called Kamagong... where the main tool used for fighting are two Kamagong sticks... and that is a good skill to learn...