Pan Africanism : are there any African martial arts systems?

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  1. jamesfrmphilly

    jamesfrmphilly going above and beyond PREMIUM MEMBER

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    just curious, I'm too old for that stuff anymore.
     
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    Corparaeia(sic). I know I mispelled it. It was derived from an art of fighting with music(drums) that involves acrobatic moves using hands and feet as weapons in rhythm to the music. Associated with Brazil. Also forms of it-do not know the name of it-but is an offshoot of coparaeia in which hands and feet are used as weapons in the Carribean. Ever see the 'Mighty Quinn' starring Denzel Washington and Robert Townsend? Their characters used that style of fighting and the movie was set in Jamaica. And TV's Kung Fu in a episode with Moses Gunn as an Haitian that used that style.Maybe on the order of French-savate, fighting mostly with the feet.
     
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    i said African.
    that is not Africa.
     
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    Capoeira IS African.
     
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    how come i never see Africans doing it?
     
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    I know a lot of capoeriastas including two of my own kids and those people don't look white to me. They look Black African. A lot of them are a few generations off from Africa. Slavery didn't end until late in Brazil. If Africans aren't doing it, then do the math. You've got the internet at your fingertips.
     
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    There is a yoruba fighting style called Ijala which is stick fighting, and a Grappling art simular to judo but with more vertical throws called gigbido or something like that.
     
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    yaphet al-wynn Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Thank you Oba. In most things I saw on the net-coporeia had the word Angola incorporated in it when they identified the style. Now consider coparaeia is in Brazil-who would had interest in using it and who would try to ban it? Now the similarity between Angola and Brazil is that both were Portuguese colonies in Africa and South America. Now how could coporaeia(or similar style) leapfrog from Brazil to the Carribbean? Now I was familiar with the stick fighting style in Africa and the rough form of judo but never knew their names.
     
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    James, Capoeira is a portugeuse word used to describe the African style of stickfighting... The African Brazilians, the African Americans, The African Cubans, and the rest of us, had to change the names to at least give the appearance of conforming to our new environment...

    As in Santeria or Candomble, where the names of Catholic saints are used to disguise the Yoruba Pantheon of Orishas, so to have other things been masked, my beautiful brother... Thus the Capoieristas rarely use the sticks, but display the art as a dance... Why do you think this developed??? Might it have something to do with the American Black code of not allowing us to congregate in groups larger than two, or to bear arms? Hmmm, maybe???

    If you saw Africans from Angola doing it, would you recognize it - would you recognize them as Africans, or would you immediately conclude they were Brazilians?s(smile!)

    Peace!
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    i have never seen the sticks.
    just seen the dancing stuff.
    I'd like to see the sticks sometime.

    so this means we don't have to go to the Asians, huh?
     
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