When you hear the words “martial arts,” what comes to mind? From what we’ve learned from the movies, it may seem obvious that Asia has a stronghold on the market, most notably disciplines like karate, ninjutsu, aikido, taekwondo and kung fu. Perhaps you’ve heard of other styles such as fencing, krav maga or bare-knuckle boxing of Europe; or Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Capoeira made popular in South America. Continents around the globe have styles with their own popular followings, but one continent may not initially come to mind when thinking about popular martial art forms – Africa! While African martial arts such as dambe, laamb, Zulu stick fighting and other styles are quite popular within the continent, they are just now gaining recognition on a global scale.