I was doing some web design work today which inevitably led me to peruse a few hundred wordpress and blogger themes. It was actually a treat because I like to see what kind of interesting ideas people are working on. As I browsed I was pleased to encounter a few ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ worthy themes.

Even though the ikigaiway theme isn’t going anywhere, I thought it might be fun to share some of my findings with you. These templates could be used for readers who are contemplating joining the blogging game or for current martial arts writers who want to spice things up on their own sites.

The First Batch is For WordPress Users:

japan shrine blog themeTorii Gate Theme

This one features a prominent gate from the Shinto faith and a bonsai tree. Very warm and pleasant.


anatomy martial arts themeAnatomy Based Theme

This is a cool theme that would be great for kyusho or pressure point fighters.


rising sun japan blog themeRising Sun Theme

Call me an optimist but this looks like a rising sun to me. Very Japanese in flavor.


night and day wordpress themeNight and Day Theme

A cool dichotomy of night and day with shadowy figures and a Bonsai style tree in the middle.


cherry blossom blog themeCherry Blossom Theme

This is a gentle theme represents a very important flower in Japanese culture.


bonsai japan blog themeBonsai, Coin, and Fan Theme

My favorite of the bunch. An all-around intriguing take on Asian artistry.


zen stone blog themeZen Stone Theme

A contemplative balance of stone stacking and flower arrangement.


japanese kanji blog themeUrban Kanji Theme

This theme blends a little classic kanji with modern urban design.


The Second Batch is For Blogger Users:

scroll parchment blogger themeScroll Parchment Theme

This has an old feel to it, quite like the Menkyo Kaiden of Koryu martial arts.


japanese fleur blog themeJapanese Fleur Theme

An entanglement of Japanese style plant life.


japanese brush blog themeBrush Stroke Theme

A few bloggers I know use this one already, but that’s just because it’s very well created.


One For Joomla:

martial arts joomla website themeMartial Arts Nunchaku Theme

It contains some random guy, but it’s still pretty sharp with nice fonts.


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If you put one of these free martial arts blog themes to use feel free to drop a link to it in the comments section and show us what they look like in action!