Surprisingly enough, I received an update on the African martial arts dvd I mentioned that I thought had fizzed out years ago:
We apologise for the long lapse in replying, and keeping those who originally enquired about the Dambe video slightly out of the loop, since as researchers and practitioners of authentic African martial arts our work is 100% field based; travelling to the most remote areas in Africa to learn real African combat systems from the masters, areas with no electricity, running water or cell phone coverage. We're humble in saying we have sat and are still learning from these African masters.
We are simply students learning from these African masters, and everything we do is dictated by what they allow us to do and not to do, hence the delay in the release of the Dambe videos, since the elders want to make sure we're dedicated in preserving these systems for future generations, instead of exploiting them for quick gains, which is what some researchers have tried to do. Hence after long discussions with the elders they have advised and allowed us to do the following in terms of bringing this knowledge on authentic African martial culture to the world, before they allow us to do a detailed documentary on Dambe boxing:
1) A website will be launched by end of September 2012 on authentic African martial systems that will be regularly updated, with our contact detailes also a forum where members of the public can come and ask questions about any aspect of African warrior culture.
2) An online magazine with detailed info on African martial systems will be available to purchase via the website, containing detailes directly from the masters themselves, information not currently in publication anywhere in the world.
3) With interest from the website, number of visitors, forum discussions, and the sale of the online magazine we can then present these findings to the elders and finally get them to agree, and give a green light to the long overdue project on a documentary on Dambe boxing and martial culture in Hausa land, with techniques breakdown, interview with masters, and analysis of other arts similar to Dambe in west Africa; as opposed to just showing two Dambe fighters wildly hitting each other, which sadly is what happened when we introduced some foreign T.V stations to the elders to film Dambe for promotion purposes, and since Dambe was not shown as the elders would have liked, this then delayed our documentary as the elders assumed we would do the same thing. But we have
convinced them otherwise, hence this e-mail to all of you who showed interest online before to visit our website when complete in September 2012, take part in discussions and if interested purchase our online magazine.
If interested in being notified of the website launch this september please reply to this e-mail. We humbly appreciate the interest people have shown in what we do.
email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
I also came across this book and I think it might be really interesting