Strangest Martial Arts Styles Part 3
This martial arts started with a group you may not expect to master a sports technique – butchers, groups of them would challenge one another in West Africa and so the fighting style known as Dambe came about. What makes this style noticeably different is that this boxing style occurs out in the street among eager bloodthirsty crowds. Also the limbs of fighters are also wrapped up, their strong side fist (their prominent hand) is wrapped in cloth and then sealed in cord, fighters of the past had been known to incorporate also add resin and broken glass to this mix but fortunately this is now illegal. One of their legs is also often wrapped in a chain meaning it can be used for defence or instead launched at opponents for a breathtakingly heavy kick. These combatants truly look like African warriors as they aim to send their opposition to the ground in a series of strikes, this continues for three rounds of rough and dangerous fighting.
One commonly overlooked martial arts form is Sumo wrestling. This Japanese spectator sport is highly popular within its borders, but interest quickly drops off the further afield you travel. This niche aspect of the sport makes it even more unique and interesting as both the tradition and the style are remarkably unconventional. Sumo wrestlers are easily notable from the rest of Japanese citizens as their bodies are substantially heavier than that of the masses, this gives the wester an advantage in the ring, as weight means power and strength here. Though this is similar to the weight classes of boxing and mixed martial arts, Sumo wrestlers (or Rikishis) can face off against an opponent of any size, which could been double their weight, proving that technique is still necessary here.
The purpose of a Sumo match is to either force your opponent to step outside of the ring or have them touch the ground with a body part other than their feet. This is commonly done with throws, grabs and strikes that aim to unbalance foes. What may be jarring about Sumo to westerners is the remarkably short time span of matches, though elaborate ceremonies take place beforehand, the actual fights regularly last only a matter of seconds which can seem both odd and anticlimactic for new observers.
Thanks to its prevalence in western media, you may have come to believe that ninjutsu is something made primarily for action films and video game characters, since it is often alongside clearly fictional characters such as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Despite this the practice of this shadowy martial arts form is entirely real and was historically used in Japan by those with interests in keeping politicians and people in power in line. With a focus on stealth and subtlety, much of ninjutsu is focused on remaining unseen and evading attack, since many of its earliest adopters were spies and agents of deception. Misdirection, free running and even disguising themselves were all elements of this shady style mastered by the deadliest of assassins.