“Harakati za Waasi” is Swahili for “Movement of Rebels”. It represents the tradition of radical resistance that is embedded in the history of Capoeira and other African Diasporic combat arts. These arts were used in the people’s resistance to state oppression throughout the Americas. Harakati za Waasi seeks to honor these traditions by seeking to engage in the rigorous study and practice of the theoretical and technical applications of African combat systems. Additionally, we seek to broadly disseminate these arts within the African community for the sake facilitating cultural transformation.
Additionally, Harakati za Waasi practices the Chinese art of Choy Lay Fut. This art played a pivotal role in struggle against state oppression in 19th Century China. Choy Lay Fut fighters also fought against the Japanese occupation during World War II.