Unusual sports to try in 2014

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Unusual sports to try in 2014

New Year resolutions may have come and gone but it's still not too late to try something different, get fit and have fun. Keep the Sochi Winter Olympics spirit alive, and try an unusual sport - perhaps even one you've never heard of before!

Are you someone who's been known to purchase an expensive gimmick exercise product off late-night TV, only for it to collect dust under your bed? Perhaps in the midst of a fitness fixation you've taken out a deluxe gym membership, never to actually work up a sweat. If this sounds like you, or even if you just want to have some fun while getting fit, why not try out an unusual sport?

Ultimate Frisbee, Quidditch and Krav Maga may not be the first things to come to mind when you want to get fit, but there's more to them than meets the eye. Ultimate Frisbee is an easy game to pick-up that requires minimal equipment to play.

Ultimate Frisbee

We have all thrown a frisbee around with friends at the park or the beach but over the past years frisbee has become competitive. An entertaining, high-energy and non-contact sport, Ultimate Frisbee combines netball, touch football and gridiron, and can greatly improve your general fitness, agility and hand-eye coordinationi. Ultimate Frisbee is a uniquely self-refereed sport where players adhere to and enforce the rules themselves, keeping in line with the spirit of the gamei.

For those looking to join a team, the Australian Flying Disc Association (AFDA) conducts tournaments across the country. AFDA has a diverse range of competitions and leagues for all ages, from complete beginners to advanced, but the most competitive levels are generally reserved for young adults. Ultimate Frisbee is played by approximately 100,000 people in over 50 countries around the globe with 4,568 official ADFA members in Australiai,ii.


Inspired by the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, Quidditch is a mixed-gender contact sport that combines rugby, dodgeball and tagi. Quidditch, unlike the majority of sports that have separate men's and women's competitions, promotes gender equality with at least two players of the opposite sex on the field at all timesiv.

Find your nearest team to join one of the fastest growing university sports which has gone from four teams in 2011 to fourteen official Australian Quidditch Association teams, plus several unofficial teams at the end of 2013 nationwidei,ii. Great fun for Wizards and Muggles alike, playing Quidditch could even allow you to travel overseas for the annual World Cup, which draws over a thousand players from the UK, USA, France, and of course, Australia. Last year's tournament attracted almost 80 teams and 1,600 players in 2013i,ii. If you can't find a team in your local area, simply start one yourself with the guidance and resources of the International Quidditch Association.

Krav Maga

For those looking for a somewhat more serious exercise to take up, Krav Maga is a self-defence system, with the Hebrew words Krav Maga literally translating to "contact combat". Gaining popularity as a work-out which packs a punch, Krav Maga was originally created for the Israeli military by Imi Lichtenfeld i,ii. It teaches you practical self-defence techniques against common attacks such as chokes, bear hugs and weapons, and how to neutralise an attacki. There are four levels of difficulty in Krav Maga similar to the Karate belt system of graduating to higher levels: practitioner, graduate, expert and masterx.

This martial art is easy to learn, intuitive to use and practical for keeping yourself safe in stressful or dangerous situationsx. Krav Maga is also an excellent cardio workout that is suitable for people of all ages and abilities. Find local Krav Maga schools and events in your area.

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xiKravMaga Australia & Oceania 2014, What is KravMaga? , viewed 5 February 2014,