Sunday, April 13, 2014

3 forms of African Martial Arts: Keepers of tradition? Which tradition?

Kamau wrote:
 
     There are three forms of African martial arts: 1) traditional continental arts--these emerge from specific cultural and historical contexts on the African continent and include Laam (Senegalese wrestling), Zulu stick-fighting, Nuba wrestling, etc.; 2) traditional diasporic arts--these generally originated in Africa and have been sustained outside of Africa such as Capoeira, Kalenda, Knockin' and Kickin', etc.; and 3) non-traditional arts--these include arts that Africans have created or modified, imbuing them with kinesthetic, ethical, or tactical components emerging from the experience of diasporic African communities and include Kupigana Ngumi and similar arts.

     Should these three be equally valued in our efforts to preserve and refine our cultural expressions? Or should we prioritize the preservation of certain combat modalities over others?

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