Combat Science

There is a fine line between war and dance. A fine line between discipline and chaos.

Asa means War

Asa means war. Asa also means dance. Asa, dance,  is the discipline of Self.  Whilst you learn these dance forms,  (tai chi, capoeira,kung fu, samba, etc) to discipline yourself, you also do not hesitate to use them to wage war or defend yourself, against those who seek to destroy you, as they are also fighting skills.

Asa, war. Asa, dance. It is from this ancient Afrikan culture comes the practice of Tai Chi, Capoeira, Kung Fu, Samba as both disciplines of self and also fighting skills or techniques.There is a fine line between war and dance. There is a fine line between war, (chaos, disorder,  mayhem) and dance, (peace, the discipline of self, tranquillity, order). Asa or sa is the root of the words such as samurai (warriors), Shaolin (martial art). The roots also of words such as samba and salsa.

Asa or sa is the root of the words such as Samurai (warriors), Shaolin (martial art). The roots also of words such as samba and salsa.

The Conceptualisation of War

The conceptualisation of war is today attributed to the Chinese and Asian cultures, but the conceptualisation of war was first institutionalized by the first and original cultures of the world. You can only draw your sword to ward off evil. Evil people who are looking to destroy you, your people or your community. So you draw your sword to remove their souls from existence to maintain and preserve order. You can never remove the souls of good people. The souls of people that bring you peace, sanctity. People that bring you love and happiness. You can only remove the soul of evil, the soul of those who is looking to destroy you, your family or people.

You are never the aggressor but the defender, and you remove and eliminate the souls of nothing but evil-doers. Krateε, the soul remover. When you hold a sword in your hands, it is only to eliminate evil or disorder, to preserve good and order. The sword is also your friend in times of war, Akofena. Ako means war. Fena means a friend.

Kratea (Sword)

Kratee means sword in the Akan language. It is a compound word consisting of kra and te. Kra means soul, te means remove. Krate means sword but also denotes the soul remover.

Here is an idea, you can never remove the soul of good people, people that bring your good fortune and favour. You can only eliminate the soul of evil. This is a very natural law and principle. You eliminate evil. If there is an infestation anywhere on your body, you have to destroy that infestation before the infestation destroys you, a very natural law. A sound law and principle. So when you pick up arms. When you pick up a sword to wage war, it is to preserve good, over evil, it is to preserve right over wrong, it is to preserve justice over injustice.

The sword is your friend in war (Ako fena). It is also the soul remover (Kratea)

When you pick up arms to go to war, it is to preserve good over evil. To preserve right over wrong. To preserve justice over the injustice. Kratea, the soul remover.

Kung Fu

Kung fu like martial arts is often attributed to the people of China as the originators of it, which is far from the truth. The conceptualisations of war were first instituted by Afrikans in ancient Egypt, included fighting disciplines such as capoeira, tai chi, taekwondo, sumo.

The very term kung fu has its roots in our Akan language. In the Akan language, ko means to fight. Fo means people or a group of, and therefore ako fo will denote fighters or warriors. From Oko fo, singular, or ako fo which is plural,  comes the term Kung fu. Ko means to fight, hence the term taekwondo.

Tai ko do in the Akan language means, always desirous of fighting, always anxious and eager to fight. Always eager to exchange blows. The similarities found between Afrika and Asia are not only cultural but also in linguistics.

Tai Chi

Tai-Chi in Chinese cosmology is a life force. In Igbo cosmology, Chi is your very own life force. The word Chi, is rendered as Kye in the Akan language, which coincidentally, also means a force. To have the force of, the backings of, something such as people, your family, friends, fans,  supporters, the universe, natures etc. The word kye in the Akan language has the same meaning and sound as chi. To have the backings of the universe, your ancestors, your family or people.

Tai kye in Akan culture and the Chinese culture holds the same meaning, a force behind an entity. The Afrikan origins of the world's culture. 
This life force is also known in Japan as ki or Aikido. Aikido is derived from akyedom. To have the backings of a multitude of. Kye (back) dom (multitude). A force to draw support from and to draw strength from.  This could be an ancestral or universal force, from your family, your people. Tai chi, fighting skills and also a form of exercising and conditioning of the body. 

The Code of the Samurai

Animguase nfata Kan ni ba, (humiliation does not befit an Akan).

Death before dishonour. This is the code of the samurai, they will choose death over dishonour, and so we say, animguase nfata Kan ni ba, (humiliation does not befit an Akan), we will choose death before dishonour or failure to observe or respect principles and codes.

A samurai’s way is to preserve life. To preserve order. That is their dedication. The word samurai means to serve, this is their dedication to serve and preserve their communities and people.  Samurai means to serve. The way of the warrior. Asa means war. Asa also means to dance, and war is their dedication. Omo Som, that is their service. Service to their people. Service to their community. Many parallels can be drawn between Afrikan cultures and the cultures of Asia, certainly, it is better as a samurai to die by the sword of another samurai than concede defeat to an enemy. 

This is characterised by the Akan proverb, εnimguase nfata Kan ni ba. This translates as humiliation does not befit an Akan born. You always do what is honourable. You do not betray your people, betray their course or give hope to the people looking to destroy you.The Samurai’s use the Katana sword, and the word katana is cognate to the Akan term  Krateε.

Shogun / Ninja

A Shogun in pre-modern Japan is a military leader and commander. In Yoruba pantheons, Ogun is the deification of a warrior and a master in metallurgy. From Seiitaishogun, which denotes Commander-in-Chief of the Expeditionary Force Against Barbarians. Sei denotes, to conquer, to subjugate in the Japanese language, which is also the same in the Akan language. Among the Fon people, Gu is the vodun of war as well as the patron of smiths and craftsmen. In the Akan language and culture, ku is to kill. Ͻkufo, warriors, fighters.

What is interesting is the similarities between words in our languages and that of the Japanese especially words relating to forms of fighting. Bu, it is war in the Japanese language. Bo also means to fight in the Akan language. Budo means war. Do means path or way. In the Akan language, we say Kwando, which is a pathway.

What is more interesting is the term ninja. Ani or ni in the Akan language means eyes. Jae or gyae means to leave. Ninja means to leave the eyes open, uncovered. This certainly pertains to how ninjas dress, where they cover every part of themselves except for the eyes, operating in secrecy and anonymity. The earliest forms of secret service. Modern soldiers certainly employ the use of such techniques with camouflages, blending in with their environment.


Sumo

From the Akan somu which means to hold and grapple. Sumo is cognate to the Akan word so mu, which means to hold, to grapple.

Old picture of two sumo warriors

Sumo Wrestlers

From the Akan somu which means to hold and grapple. Sumo is cognate to the Akan word so mu, which means to hold, to grapple.