Category Archives: African Martial Arts
It’s rainy season in Okinawa, but yesterday morning we had a dry spell long enough to capture Ben and Antonio practicing capoeira at Araha Beach. Gear: Pentax K-1, 28-105mm lens, Priolite M-Pack 1000 HotSync strobe Using the Priolite HotSync system meant I was freezing the action with the shutter speed rather than the flash duration. […]
Damon Stith of Austin Warrior Arts puts African Martial Arts on blast. He is one of the foremost practitioners and researchers of traditional African Martial Arts in the world.
This project has been a long time in the making and represents his lifetime commitment to share the vast array of martial arts that represent Africa and the African diaspora.
Historical African Martial Arts (HAMA) is set to launch. If you are interested in learning more about African warfare, martial arts, history and culture please feel free to contact me via facebook or personal email. If you are a researcher, martial artist, artist, sword maker, leather worker etc we invite to lend your unique skill set to the community. If you are interested in starting a study group in your area or if you would like to host a workshop please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512)945-4241
This concept banner was created by Skye Ashley.
Please note that i am not doing this alone. We have a representatives in at least five states and in Canada!
In this video, we are exploring the use of the Spear (Allarh) and Sword (Takouba) in sword class. This concept is based on use of the sword and spear in Tuareg sword dances and ritualized sparring. In addition to delving into the tradtional use of the spear and sword we also are expanding our understanding of how these two weapons interact in a flow drill. Later on we will put it to the test in sparring.
Come share our vision to establish regulated, competitive mixed martial arts (MMA) in West Africa. The Lion Heart Initiative is a non-profit endeavor to introduce and develop MMA in the region, by introducing urban youth to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), Muay Thai, and modern reality-based MMA; concurrently, allowing visiting martial artists to experience traditional West African wrestling.
In collaboration with KOA Martial Arts in Stafford Virginia, Lion Heart Initiative organized its first event on African soil in November 2013, where they held BJJ seminars, MMA exhibitions, and cross-trained with traditional Laamb wrestlers.
Rollin’ in Dakar is a film about KOA team’s journey, the introduction of BJJ to Senegal, and the Lion Heart vision.
For additional information on this initiative,
or on Facebook at Lion Heart Initiative.