Coming your way for the New Year: the cost-free Martialinfo iPhone Application.
Online PR News – 22-November-2009 – – Woodland Hills, CA-Enter the Dragon changed the way that people worldwide looked at the martial arts. Now, www.martialinfo.com, one of the most trafficked martial arts websites in the world, has just completed a cost-free iPhone application (app) that will change and power the way people search for martial arts schools, events and news.
Its purpose: no less than to provide any and all information on all things martial arts-related and kick it straight to your mobile phone.
How big is the market? According to AdMob, one of the largest mobile web ad networks, Apple's iPhones now dominate mobile web traffic in almost every category. The iPhone OS now represents 51% of all U.S. smartphone traffic, leaving RIM's BlackBerry (19%) and Microsoft's Windows Mobile (14%) in the dust. One year ago, worldwide requests from Apple devices (iPhones and iPods) grew 28% month over month to 1.2 billion in January 2008.
There are currently over 100,000 apps of all types available on the popular iPhone. Of those, just a handful are martial arts apps. But there's reportedly no search mechanism at all within those current martial arts applications.
The Martialinfo iPhone App, designed by 6th-dan hapkido master, Fariborz Azhakh, will also aid people in providing information about prospective instructors.
"There are a lot of good instructors out there, but also a lot of fakes and hucksters," said Michael Brent Collings, a practicing attorney who is himself a hapkido black belt and a martialinfo.com user. "Martialinfo.com has been a great resource for researching things like that and having an iPhone app to expand the usability of the site will be amazing."
Some may seem skeptical of the idea of a martial arts application for the iPhone, but in a world where there's an app for everything (both useful and useless), this idea literally fights its way to the front of the crowd.
“The Martialinfo iPhone App is an uncommon application of the technology," admitted Azhakh, “but, like the iPhone itself, it'll soon become a part of everyday life."
At press time in mid-November 2009, the app was in beta-testing phase, and available only to members of the Martial Arts Industry Association (MAIA). The Martialinfo iPhone App is planned to be available to everyone in early January 2010. Best of all, it's free.