Afrikan Combat Forms Hidden in Plain Sight EngoloCapoeira, Knocking-and-Kicking and Asafo Flag Dancing

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Kambon, Ọ. (2018). Afrikan=Black Combat Forms Hidden in Plain Sight: Engolo/Capoeira, Knocking-and-Kicking and Asafo Flag Dancing. Africology: Journal of Pan-African Studies, 12(4).

Ọbádélé Bakari Kambon
Africology: Journal of Pan-African Studies, Volume 12, Number 4, October 2018
Publication year: 2018
ABSTRACT: This paper presents a Pan-Afrikan tri-continental analysis of Afrikan/Black combat sciences, and in this, it challenges the erroneous notion that the dance-like movements of Afrikan combat sciences originated in attempts to trick enslavers. Therefore, this work demonstrates that Afrikan combat sciences, regardless of location, grow out of a shared worldview informed by practical considerations that are effective and time-tested. Further, the contemporary expressions of Engolo/Capoeira, Knocking-and-Kicking, and Asafo Flag Dancing are examined by means of a comparison between natural vs. unnatural responses to oppression.