Journal of Alternative Perspectives Jan 2006
African Martial Arts
Mukhanda Enterprise is an
organization that researches, preserves, and practices traditional
African combat systems, both in Africa and throughout the Diaspora
where African people migrated to, both as free people and as slaves.
Mukhanda Enterprise have regular
contact with practitioners of authentic African combat arts, both in
Africa and the Diaspora, and as an organization, we practice a wide
variety of African martial systems from both regions.
Our wide communication system has given us great knowledge of the
following African and African derived fighting systems:
: Traditional empty
hand system of the Hausa tribe of Nigeria, consisting of punching,
kicks, knees, elbows, and head butts. Ancient Dambe was a full combat
system, and consisted of combat grappling called Kokawa, which today is
practiced separately as traditional wrestling.
: Traditional wrestling of the Hausa in Nigeria. In ancient
times, it was the grappling component of combat Dambe.
: Combat system of Maguzawa Hausa warriors. It
uses weapons and anything goes tactics. In ancient times, it was used
to select the toughest warriors.
: An African derived system from Cuba, which
despite what some scholars say, still exists. In 18th century Cuba,
Spanish slave owners watched slaves fight to the death using Mani. At
the same time, slaves in Cuba used this martial art in revolts. Mani
consists of head butts, punches, palm strikes, sweeps, elbows, and some
systems have kicks; the weapon part consists of stick fighting and
knife fighting. Master practitioners were called Manisaros. Mukhanda
Enterprise has direct contact with a Mani master and we have extensive
knowledge of this system.
If you are interested in being
contacted when the web site on Dambe is finished and videos are
available, please send name, location, and reason for interest in
African martial arts to this e-mail address: Mashera76@yahoo.com