Related Martial Arts

Ethiopian Martial Arts

Surma stick fighting

Surma stick fighting is a sport developed by the Surma or Suri people of southern Ethiopia. Bodies painted Surma men from different villages come together to fight. The donga stick fight is fought with long, straight poles of about eight foot long made of very hard wood, and the Surma men perform these fights to prove their masculinity, but most importantly, to win wives.

Dula Meketa

The stick fighting art of cultural Ethiopia.


Traditional and wide speeded wrestling.

African Martial Arts

In traditional African wrestling there are holds designed to break the arm, neck, leg and collar bone, there are also takedown techniques and chokes. Martial arts in Africa existed thousands of years before Ju Jitsu, as evidenced by drawings of martial arts on the walls of Beni Hasan in Egypt!

In Africa we have our own martial systems that have existed for thousands of years. In Nigeria there is a fighting system called Dambe which consists of kicking, punching, headbutting and knees. In Senegal there is Borey it consists of punching, kicking, headbutts, grappling and joint locks. Gwindulumutu is a headbutt style of combat from Kongo, and Musangwa is from South Africa consisting of punching, headbutting, earslaps and knees. The list is endless but this is just the tip of the ice berg.

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