Mepantigan is a form of Balinese wrestling that combines self-defence techniques, traditional dancing and fun in the mud. Mepantigan which mean “to throw” are represented in the act. The act are accompanied with gamelan music (a form of Balinese percussion ensemble) while participants grapple in knee-deep mud with the aim to trip and throwing their opponent down into the mud.
Established by Putu Witsen Widjaya in 2003, a taekwondo martial arts champion, Mepantigan foundation hosts direct courses in the basics of the practice as a stress reliever, releasing negative energy and fitness builder. Visitor donations from each half-day session help to fund the education of young students from the surrounding area of Batubulan which serve as the the foundation’s instructors.
Visitor also able to taste a variety of unique named drink such as “Tirta Oleng”, “Balinese Mud Coffee”, and “Natural Mud Fried rice” as their lunch menu.