3 African Martial Arts you’ve never heard of
When you think of countries that represent the martial arts you will typically think of places like China and Japan, but what you may not be aware of is that Africa has its own subset of martial art systems, so let’s take a quick look at three of the best.
Dambe is a boxing based martial art originating from the the Hausa people of West Africa. The art was mainly practiced by the Hausa butcher caste groups to prepare themselves for war fare, however over the course of a century evolved the art into a form of entertainment for harvest festivals where they would issue challenges to other fighters.
The primary striking technique is known as the strong-side fist also known as the spear, which is wrapped in cloth and tightly knitted cord to protect the hand, although some boxers will supplement it with resin and broken glass which would eventually become outlawed. Their lead hand serves as the shield which is held toward their opponent with an open palm which can be used for grabbing and holding techniques.