MWA is an organization focused on the facilitation of holistic tools and opportunities for individuals of all ages to continually develop their physical and mental abilities. To overcome any obstacles in their lives through self-discipline by engaging on an ancient traditions rooted innovative martial arts concept in a safe family oriented environment.

Our mission is to champion non violence and healthy/active lifestyles through the proper constant practice of martial arts; to create awareness of West African cultural contributions to martial arts and society in general and to promote the thrive for constant improvements in physical, moral and spiritual development.

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Jonathan Rivera Campudoni, Founder


At WMA you will learn about various approaches to developing physical awareness as well as self defense and combat efficiency. Through the practical tactics of folkloric martial traditions you also will be exposed to the roots of Asian and African ancient practical wisdom guarantess your body’s kinetic rehabilitation and/or optimization. This being the result of the class participants being able to perform, partake and/or compete in the following disciplines:

Lutte

Dambe  is a form of boxing associated with the Hausa people of West Africa. Historically,  Dambe  included a wrestling component, known as Kokawa, but today it is essentially a striking art.

Dambe is a form of boxing associated with the Hausa people of West Africa. Historically, Dambe included a wrestling component, known as Kokawa, but today it is essentially a striking art.


Dambe

Wrestling is a combat sport involving grappling-type techniques such as clinch fighting, throws and take-downs, joint locks, pins and other grappling holds. The sport can either be theatrical for entertainment, or genuinely competitive

Wrestling is a combat sport involving grappling-type techniques such as clinch fighting, throws and take-downs, joint locks, pins and other grappling holds. The sport can either be theatrical for entertainment, or genuinely competitive


Kung fu Taulu

Taolu involves  martial art  patterns, acrobatic movements and techniques for which competitors are judged and given points according to specific rules. The forms comprise basic movements (stances, kicks, punches, balances, jumps, sweeps, and throws) based on aggregate categories of traditional Chinese martial art styles, and can be changed for competitions to highlight one's strengths. Competitive forms have time limits that can range from 1 minute, 20 seconds for some external styles, to over five minutes for internal styles.

Taolu involves martial art patterns, acrobatic movements and techniques for which competitors are judged and given points according to specific rules. The forms comprise basic movements (stances, kicks, punches, balances, jumps, sweeps, and throws) based on aggregate categories of traditional Chinese martial art styles, and can be changed for competitions to highlight one's strengths. Competitive forms have time limits that can range from 1 minute, 20 seconds for some external styles, to over five minutes for internal styles.


Capoera

Capoeira's history takes off with the beginning of African  slavery in Brazil , though the fighting practice originates from  Angola . Since the 16th century, Portuguese colonists began exporting enslaved Africans to their colonies, coming mainly from  Angola . Brazil, with its vast territory, received most of the enslaved Africans , almost 40% of all enslaved Africans sent through the  Atlantic Ocean . The early history of capoeira is recorded by historians such as Dr. Desch-Obi. Originally, the ancestor tradition originated from Angola and was called N'golo/Engolo; a type of ritual dance that used several elements of kicking, headbutting, slap boxing, walking on one's hands, deception, evasion etc. The purpose was also religious as it both provided a link to the afterlife (which was the opposite of the living world) and enabled a person to channel their ancestors into their dance. For example, during the dance, a person might become possessed by an ancestor in the past who was talented at N'golo. This could be applied to a martial setting in both combat and warfare which was called N'singa/ensinga; the difference to N'golo being that it included weapon use and grappling. During the Atlantic slave trade, this tradition transferred around the Americas; Brazil (capoeira), the Caribbean (Damnye) and the United States (knocking and kicking). A large amount of Angolans were sent to Madagascar during the slave trade and it still survives today as Moringue/ Moring.

Capoeira's history takes off with the beginning of African slavery in Brazil, though the fighting practice originates from Angola. Since the 16th century, Portuguese colonists began exporting enslaved Africans to their colonies, coming mainly from Angola. Brazil, with its vast territory, received most of the enslaved Africans , almost 40% of all enslaved Africans sent through the Atlantic Ocean. The early history of capoeira is recorded by historians such as Dr. Desch-Obi. Originally, the ancestor tradition originated from Angola and was called N'golo/Engolo; a type of ritual dance that used several elements of kicking, headbutting, slap boxing, walking on one's hands, deception, evasion etc. The purpose was also religious as it both provided a link to the afterlife (which was the opposite of the living world) and enabled a person to channel their ancestors into their dance. For example, during the dance, a person might become possessed by an ancestor in the past who was talented at N'golo. This could be applied to a martial setting in both combat and warfare which was called N'singa/ensinga; the difference to N'golo being that it included weapon use and grappling. During the Atlantic slave trade, this tradition transferred around the Americas; Brazil (capoeira), the Caribbean (Damnye) and the United States (knocking and kicking). A large amount of Angolans were sent to Madagascar during the slave trade and it still survives today as Moringue/ Moring.

Tahtib


Tahtib is the term for a traditional stick-fighting martial art originally named fan a'nazaha wa-tahtib. The original martial version of tahtib later evolved into an Egyptian folk dance with a wooden stick.

Tahtib is the term for a traditional stick-fighting martial art originally named fan a'nazaha wa-tahtib. The original martial version of tahtib later evolved into an Egyptian folk dance with a wooden stick.


American point fighting

Points Fighting is a fighting discipline where two fighters fight with the primary goal of scoring Defined points/ using controlled legal Techniques with speed agility and focus. ... The competition in points fighting should be executed in its true sense with well-controlled contact.

Points Fighting is a fighting discipline where two fighters fight with the primary goal of scoring Defined points/ using controlled legal Techniques with speed agility and focus. ... The competition in points fighting should be executed in its true sense with well-controlled contact.


Sanda  (sometimes called  sanshou ) is a modern fighting method and a full contact sport. Sanda contains  boxing , kicks ( kickboxing ), and  wrestling . It has all the combat aspects of wushu. Sanda appears much like  Kickboxing ,  Boxing  or  Muay Thai , but includes many more grappling techniques. Sanda fighting competitions are often held alongside taolu.

Sanda (sometimes called sanshou) is a modern fighting method and a full contact sport. Sanda contains boxing, kicks (kickboxing), and wrestling. It has all the combat aspects of wushu. Sanda appears much like Kickboxing, Boxing or Muay Thai, but includes many more grappling techniques. Sanda fighting competitions are often held alongside taolu.


Yoga Asana

An asana is a body posture, originally a sitting pose for  meditation , [1]  and later in  hatha yoga  and modern yoga, adding reclining, standing, inverted, twisting, and balancing poses to the meditation seats. The   Yoga Sutras of Patanjali   define "asana" as "[a position that] is steady and comfortable". [2]  Patanjali mentions the ability to sit for extended periods as one of the  eight limbs of his system . [2]  Asanas are also called yoga poses or yoga postures in English.

An asana is a body posture, originally a sitting pose for meditation,[1] and later in hatha yoga and modern yoga, adding reclining, standing, inverted, twisting, and balancing poses to the meditation seats. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali define "asana" as "[a position that] is steady and comfortable".[2] Patanjali mentions the ability to sit for extended periods as one of the eight limbs of his system.[2] Asanas are also called yoga poses or yoga postures in English.