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Martial Arts And Their Roots

Perpetual Training

“No major contributions have dark races made
To society ever throughout history.”
This is what white supremacists want to believe.

All the text books we study from truly deceive
All the world into thinking that all that we see
Is of Caucasoid origin. Thus, we are played.

One example to know is the Art of Defense
From the temples of Kemet in East Africa.
Long before Roman gods of war learned about mars
And before Asian artforms were born of the stars,
Black men practiced the montu. It takes stamina,
And for thousands of years, it’s made natural sense.

Every culture has merits. We recognize those
That are focused perversely. Perception is skewed
To the view of the narcissist – grand and supreme.
The historical record seems to make it seem
That there is but one race wherein God has imbued
The sole rights to the narrative. Everyone knows.

I, amid psychic warfare in dense battleground,
Am awash in perspective. Defense I have none
For the enemy weakened by revealing light
On the truth of all matters. This world is not white
But a delicate mixture that isn’t yet done.
Honoring what my own have done is most profound.

Keeping Tradition Alive

An Effort Of Endurance

Cost of Being increases are not to be paid
To traditional artisans of India.
Expensive raw materials increase in price.
They’re lucky to break even, yet they sacrifice
Time and effort preserving ancient media.
Artifacts from this fort town are craftily made.

Molten metals are used and lots of chiseling.
The process calls for patience, for months it can take
To produce just one item. Focus and detail
Are the skills necessary. All at their avail
Are quaint tools and equipment, and for culture’s sake,
They offer to the world an aesthetic wellspring.

Melted pieces of copper and zinc fill the mold
That is packed using body weight with dirt and sand.
After buffing and polishing, bathing is done
In a sulfate solution. Each and every one
Has a signature color. They then etch by hand
Captivating designs for the world to behold.

  Wire is tapped into carved grooves. The rare soil they use
Comes only from the city of Bali. Therefore,
There’s a special uniqueness to art from this place.
Gig economies prosper but at a slow pace
In these times become urgent with unending war.
What can help such a market that’s destined to lose?