Discussion in 'Black Men - Fathers - Brothers - Sons' started by skuderjaymes, Nov 8, 2010.
Balogun Abegunde is pretty much the only, person who openly teaches African Martial Arts
If you speak to any Wolof, Fulani, or Mandika, they will tell you their arts are something very secret, like Fremasonry
One has to be selected to become a disciple
Some ancient "combat traditions" in Northern Nigeria (as is the case in the African Indian Ocean) are alive and well. A brief summary of some of the most important survivals includes:
Dambe - a form of traditional boxing practiced by members of the butchers' guild and increasingly by local toughs who are not members of this guild. In dambe only one hand is "gloved" (i.e. bound in cloth for striking purposes), the other hand being used to ward off blows. Kicking and butting with the head are also permitted.
Farauta - hunting expeditions in which one group snatches prey from another, In bishi ( a specially convened gathering of hunters) the combatants - armed with knives, bows and arrows, maces, clubs, and other sundry weapons - shout their taunts and praises and engage in mock (sometimes real) confrontations. Feats of magic, such as the materialization of arrows from the thin air, are said to occur at such gatherings.
Kokawa - a form of traditional wrestling practiced mostly by farmers. This is perhaps the safest of the combat games (though in some cases serious injury results particularly when a wrestler is lifted high into the air and slammed to the ground at the foot of a spectator). Unlike American wrestling, one does not need to pin an opponent to win. If an adversary's hand or body touches the ground, he is considered defeated. In Sokoto, there existed (in 1984) the survival of a harsher form of wrestling in which adversaries were equipped with ringlets that could slash the back of an adversary when grabbed .
Shanci - a spectacular and often bloody contest performed exclusively by the Maguzawa Hausa in which gallantly arrayed adversaries armed with razor sharp iron bracelets engaged in pitched combat.
Sharo or Shadi - a Fulani manhood contest involving mutual flogging with a long flexible stick or a short hard one. Those who cry out in pain are disgraced and are not considered worthy of marriage.
Tauri - a large gathering of "tough skins" ( 'yan tauri ) who (due to their use of traditional medicines) are held to be impervious to being cut by metals. They shout their praises and taunts while demonstrating their invulnerability by drawing swords or knives across various parts of the body including the tongue. If conducted in a remote area, these gatherings (commonly called gangi ) produce confrontations in which serious injury and/or loss of life is likely to occur.
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I was in a tournament once with a brother who fought in an afrikan martial art style. I forgot the name of his style, but he never came up above the waste, always in a crouched position. I questioned him about it and he said that is all apart of that particular style, we bring our opponent to us!
The closest style i had seen to it at that time was the "drunken master", who usually is in a crouched position and uses a lot of movement and tumbling keeping his opponent off balance as well as upward strikes.
I fought against a white boy who was with a team from South Afrika and they were all wearing grass skirts, but his style was nothing like the brothers. He was all over the place, even did some type of ritual before he bowed to me. Kinda reminded me of the scene in Enter the dragon, when bruce was about to fight the guy with the scar who made his sister kill herself.
"Boards don't hit back"....
.i used to practice praying mantis.......but that was before i learned how to shoot
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