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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Fifthly, we strive to continue and expand participation in cooperative projects. As Nkrumah noted, communalism is the socio-political ancestor of socialism and socialism is communalism in modern form and circumstances.

This basically started me down the path of dealing substantively with the African arts. When these things are in place, people naturally become warriors. I am simply noting a core difference.

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There are a number of social theories that have been offered by African-Centered scholars that are of critical importance. CQ Press Your definitive resource for politics, policy and people.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Home History Encyclopedias almanacs transcripts and maps Kawaida. Its really just a reflection of how I train myself and my son.

I felt that we needed to address these matters comprehensively. The most fundamental difference between Western and African education is its purpose.

Thus in Capoeira, the ground is employed as an offensive space. Re-Africanization can be thought of as throry process of decolonization, wherein people of African descent seek to reconstruct their cultural practice in ways that augments the core elements of traditional culture, deconstructs the vestiges of cultural disruption, and adapts these reconceptualized cultural forms to the modern exigencies of the African world.


But as it relates to the martial arts, I think that people are increasingly cognizant of the need for us to represent ourselves in a dignified and inspiring way. Well, our estrangement from our own culture via the ravages of the Maafa is simply unprecedented.

Kawaida Theory: An African Communitarian Philosophy

After a while I found myself encountering a lot of people who possessed varying degrees of political consciousness. That is, if we develop and employ an African-Centered Sociology. So for many of us the African martial arts become a rites-of-passage system, it becomes a value system, ultimately it becomes mechanism of socialization.

Fourthly, we struggle to continue and expand our efforts to organize and mobilize the people around their own interests, enabling them to become self-conscious agents of their own life and liberation.

Maulana Karenga elaborates on this philosophy in his writings on Kawaida Theory, the most comprehensive treatment being his outline from the Kawaida Institute of Pan-African Studies. For instance, Capoeira is an art that uses semi-perpetual motion in the form of the Ginga to generate linear and lateral energy.

Reproduction in full or part is prohibited without permission. I guess the essence of it is that the African martial arts, as reflected by Capoeira have a substantially different principle of motion.

This repression will be significantly greater against Blacks and other national minorities than experienced by other sectors of the working class. The philosophy of which we speak is Kawaida which is an ongoing synthesis of the best of African thought and practice in constant exchange with the world.


I was compelled to create the African Warrior Tradition for several reasons.

This is what I like to call the African Warrior Kaawida. I hope to do this in the future. Capoeira uses the horizontal and vertical planes. There are generally two perspectives on the process of Re-Africanization: The most influential expression of kawaida is Kwanza, an African-American holiday based on the nguzo theortwhich Karenga created in Retrieved December 25, from Encyclopedia.

What seems to have the greatest capacity to regulate human behavior is culture. While I was in Belize I did not inquire as to the existence or nature of their fighting arts. Clearly this is problematic. Though kswaida paradigms are presented as binaries, much of the actualization of processes of Re-Africanization reflect varying degrees of both. Login or create a profile so that you can create alerts and save clips, playlists, and searches.

Third World Press, We all silently accept global capitalism is here to kasaida. I know that a lot of people try to lift martial arts outside of their attendant cultural moorings, but this is impossible and impractical. Why so much popularity of African Martial Arts?

There are several books being published based on the topic by several famous african martial artist. Today, nobody even debates these issues.