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Weekly Photo Challenge: Hands – Tanzania

Karate hands in Tanzania.

We had been bush camping for 10 days heading deeper into western Tanzania on our way to Katavi National Park. After a long bumpy drive through rough roads fighting tsetse flies and running low on water, we stopped at a small town to rest. It was the middle of nowhere yet we were greeted by enthusiastic displays of karate with hand movements that were straight out of a Jackie Chan movie. From where did they get the exposure to what looks like Asian martial arts? And were they putting it on display for me because I was Asian? Or was it something native to them that merely looked similar to what I was familiar with? Totally unexpected. Totally strange.

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10 comments on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Hands – Tanzania

  1. Cece
    June 24, 2012

    I love this! I just got back from two months in East Africa and am missing it already. It is such an enchanting place. I am excited to read more of your past posts about Africa..there are so many places I want to go there.

  2. Michael
    June 11, 2012

    From Africa, they know how to protect themselves. funny nice pic especially from a kid

  3. gileninwonderland
    June 10, 2012

    Great picture, love it!

  4. cinova
    May 18, 2012

    one of my favourites in this theme…great capture!

  5. themofman
    May 18, 2012

    While this Karate Kid probably picked up his shadow boxing techniques from pictures of a discarded martial arts magazine it is now well documented that systemized martial arts with forms that strongly resemble the kata and ch’uan of Southeast Asian martial arts have existed in Africa since at least ancient Egypt.

    In the last 40 years, people have become aware of very old Somali spear and stick fighting systems that not unlike Indian and Filipino arts. There are other systems from other African countries.

    • Wanderlustress
      May 19, 2012

      Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I wish I knew more of the history of cultural influence between far flung places.

  6. AlohaKarina
    May 18, 2012

    Great photo!

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