This post is in conjunction with fellow blogger Cree. She uploaded a post today entitled Black Defense Affirmation Day. This is her post:http://cree7.wordpress.com/2014/07/13/1st-anniversary-of-zimmerman-acquittal/
July 13 is the day the Trayvon Martin/Zimmerman verdict was announced. I consider the not guilty verdict a WAKE UP call to all black people worldwide. It’s seems to me a message was being sent. Was anyone listening?? I hope so. We need to learn how ro protect ourselves and our families. We need to have weapons and learn some type of self defense. We need to be prepared for any type of assault on us. We do NOT want to be siting ducks. Which is what a lot of us are at the moment. Learning how to defend ourselves is nothing new. We have been doing it for thousands of years. Here is a great video by Ashra Kwesi. This video is from a tour out in Kemet(Egypt). He talks about how the martial arts have been in Africa a very long time.
Everybody believes today that Martial Arts come mainly from China and Japan. However that is not true, the origin of all self-defense systems comes from Kemet now called Egypt around 50,000 years ago.
The Kemetans(Egyptians) used many forms of what today called martial arts, which consist of three levels, spiritual, mental, and physical.
The definition of “Martial” means-Roman god of war.
The Kemetians (Egyptian’s) call this system Montu, which is an African defense system.This system was not made for “War” purposes because we had no enemies, it was made because we were putting our power away, and allowing the negative with an intelligence to rule. In putting our power away we started using the hands, which before 50,000 years ago we were not(more on this subject at a later date).
Montu Art form encompassed all forms and levels of self-defense from, the spiritual, mental, down to the physical such as using the fist, chops, flips, throws, takedowns, grappling, ground fighting, joint locks, choke holds, sticks, weapons.
Many masters studied in the Kemetian (Egyptian) universities and temples. These Masters taught their sons and those sons taught their sons. The lineage came all the way down to Masters such as Master Tomo, from what is now called Northern Africa, Bodhi Dharma from what is now called India travelled thru many lands sharing the spiritual, mental, and physical sciences of Montu (martial arts) art form.
The Nuba’s who live in the highlands of the Sudan practice the Montu art form.
Now there are martial arts in many other countries from this lineage. Thus there is a martial art from Vietnam: Viet-Vo-Dao, we also have an Art even less known to us, the Vajra-Mukti just India that existed 1500 years BC-AD.
In Chinathe Shaolin Monks constructed there first monastery. This monastery is built on the summit of Mount Chao-Che in the province of Ho-Nan.Il is ideally located overlooking them because the main road that runs through China. It is also close to many water sources.
To protect against the wind, very violent at the summit, the monks decide to plant trees (which was revolutionary for its time). The temple is known as: the young forest, or Chao-Lin in Chinese.
Later, the monks erected a wall of 3 km in circumference to protect themselves from any attack.
Always to protect themselves, the monks will plant a forest of bamboo they regularly sharpen razor, hoping that their attackers could not cross them.
But the patriarch was not convinced of the effectiveness of this passive protection, so he decided to hire two experts in unarmed combat they taught their art to his monks. Thus, in case of attack, the monks could repel the aggressors out of the monastery.
In Japan the Imperial Japanese government encouraged immigrants to develop the country. Indeed, immigrants made weaving, pottery, blacksmithing … Along with production technology and the performing arts, all were booming.
Thus Kugutsu, specialized in mobile entertainment, immigrated to Japan. They excelled at archery, horse riding, hunting, handling the knife. They were also capable, they say, in transforming the Silver Sand (magician) and make puppets live (illusionist).
The Kugutsu representations are called Sangakus. These shows, very complete, include a number of dancing, music, magic, but also said to be energy exercises.
To perform these exercises, the nomads had to be very strong physically and mentally to control their bodies. They therefore developed a specific training to enable them to achieve their numbers of great feats. It is from these exercises that will train warriors in Martial Arts.
“If we are to prevail as a people, we must return to our Afrikan sanity. Where
we are, with what we have, at this moment, we must organize around the
heterosexual sanity of our Ancestors and the universal interpretation of
reality. A euroversal one which makes an incompleted alien’s way everyone’s
premier aspiration will not do. It would be like a people who are “free to
chase stars [being] satisfied with chasing a ball.” We must return home if we
are to be Afrikan. But this is wholly a heterosexual journey because “Afrika
can only be reborn through the cooperation between a man and a woman; not
through a man and a man or a woman and a woman.” Homosexuality has no place in
this rebirth. Our warriors must again become warriors of righteous substance.
They must know who they are and not fear retaliation from our “sworn enemies.”
The confused among us should pose no threat to our mission either. There is no
excuse for us not protecting those who do not want to be consumed. Innocents
must be sheltered from this sea of insanity. We must not allow those in the
community who feel powerless or are innocent or ignorant, or both, to become
victimized and consumed by the madness of yurugu’s insatiable sexual appetites.
This is the warrior’s role. We are here to protect our people from disorder,
chaos and anything else which contradicts universal order. We are here to
uproot all that which is evil from within our consciousness and community. Know
that in war there are no civilians. What this means here is even more critical
for our salvation as a people. Unlike in our traditions when the warrior class
was limited to specific age groups who were best physically able, no one who is
conscious of the assault and aware of their ancestral responsibilities to build
and sustain an Afrikan reality wherever Afrikans are found is exempt from these
warrior responsibilities. We all have work on this frontline. You solve a
problem through creating and carrying out a solution, not endlessly complaining
and debating about it. WE HAVE GOT TO STOP TALKING AND START DOING! How much
information does one have to have read or heard in order to compel oneself to
act? We cannot act as if angrily mumbling under our breath about what is wrong
will suffice. We have been empowered by the Creator with will, reason and
mobility. Therefore, we must not only think about what is wrong. We must
intentionally act against it. One of the main problems, for many who claim an
Afrikan center and actually want to do the work, is the belief that we can
create an Afrikan world within this european one. They operate on the principle
that truth will correct itself and that if we just hold on to our Afrikan
understanding that everything, in its own time, will correct itself. For them,
all we need do now is hold on. Time has consistently shown this wishful
thinking wrong. We should know Yurugu by now. Personally, I would prefer to
be hated by the makers and defenders of this absurd reality and have my
Ancestors’ approval than be validated by our destroyers and feel my Ancestors’
wrath. We have been warned. Answer the war horn, or perish.”
Mwalimu K. Bomani Baruti
This is a very uplifting video. Author Mwalimu Baruti and his wife give a rare tour of their Afrikan centered tutorial program. They have working on this school for years. They have been educating black children on their African culture,history and spirituality. This is a real treat to be able to see the inside of their Akoben Institute. I suggest that everyone buy Baruti’s books and donate money to their school. If we say we support these type of school for our children then we need to invest in them. Which means we have to give money. Many of us spend our hard earned money on senseless things anyway. Things that do nothing to promote our liberation or survival. So it’s important that we give to brothers and sisters that are putting in the work. I respect Mwalimu and his wife for not just talking but actually trying to make a difference in the life of our people. In my opinion, I think we need hundreds of schools like this all across America,Canada Brazil,Africa and the UK. Hopefully it will inspire others to do the same. We have to do something to reverse this brainwashing of Eurocentric culture that is nothing but mental pollution for our kids. We are in a fight for our lives. And I think cleansing ourselves of self hatred and replacing it with self love is a great start.
The narrator of this video is Ahati Kilindi Iyi. He explains different Martial art techniques. As well as the history of African martial arts. I learned quite a lot from this video. I hope you enjoy it.
This is a great lecture by our beautiful sista Marimba Ani. As we fight for our very survival on the planet,she explains how we need warriors in this struggle. Ani is never afraid to speak the truth to her people. And if we’re going to survive we have to realize we need to get rid of the gangster/thug mentality. That will only lead to destruction and self-hatred. We have to start thinking like warriors when you’re in battle. The video is about 20 minutes long but it’s really worth a listen.