A couple of Martial Arts works

the-kushite-kick

This Kushite warrior is practicing his kicking skills, much as I drew him to practice my own drawing of martial arts-inspired poses.

As far as the martial arts in ancient Kush are concerned, they are known to have had a wrestling tradition like their Egyptian brethren further down the Nile. It also seems probable that they shared with the Egyptians a tradition of stick-fighting, which is commonly practiced throughout Africa as far south as the Zulu lands of South Africa. This kicking style however is artistic speculation on my part.

flails-of-death

It occurred to me that the distinctive Egyptian threshing flail, which is best known as part of the Pharaohs’ regalia along with the crook, might have made for a formidable nunchuck-like weapon. Imagine swinging one of two or those things in combat! You could probably knock someone’s brains out with it. Also, the mix of ancient Egyptian/Kushite culture with the martial arts is starting to grow on me.

 

 

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