Neal Zephyrin

Neal Zephyrin is a 3rd Degree Instructor at Alan Lee's Chinese Kung-Fu, Wu-Su Association. He has been studying martial arts for over 18 years. He is currently a VP at an investment bank, and an assistant professor at a local college.

 

THE ‘CULTURE’ OF MARTIAL ARTS

Neal Zephyrin

Part III

In the last and final addition of this series we will focus on a little known but widely influential martial art. African martial arts. The African continent is infinitely rich in history. It is not surprising that it boasts one of the oldest martial arts in existence. One of the earliest evidence of martial arts in Africa was discovered in the Beni Hasan tombs in ancient Egypt dating back 2040 and 1785 BCE. Archaeologists found paintings of fighters displaying fighting techniques such as punching, kicking, throwing, and locking of the opponents’ joints. (It is important to note that Egypt is in Africa and that many years of racia Read More


THE ‘CULTURE’ OF MARTIAL ARTS

Neal Zephyrin

Part II

Chinese martial arts, or Chinese Kung-Fu Wu-Su, continued to influence Asian countries like Okinawa, Japan. Karate-do or Karate (empty-hand) was born out of Kung-Fu Wu-Su. Another Asian country that hasn’t received its rightful attention when it comes to martial arts is India. India is home to a variety of fighting styles. Collectively, in Sanskrit, these fighting styles are known as “Dhanurveda”. There are wall paintings at the Shaolin Temple in China, depicting Chinese and Indian Monks training and enjoying themselves together. Read More


THE ‘CULTURE’ OF MARTIAL ARTS

Neal Zephyrin

Part I

We previously defined Martial Arts as “being skilled in the relations of war “. We also defined a martial artist as “an individual who is skilled in the relations of war “.

War, in early history was “personal “. It was often fought in close range between warring factions and many times required proficiency in hand-to-hand combat. The common belief is that the first version of martial arts was a fighting system developed in Asia, more specifically China or Japan. While there is a definite truth to this assumption, it is somewhat limiting in its scope.

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