Thursday, June 26, 2014
I SAY LAAMB, YOU SAY LUTTE, WE ALL SAY LION HEART INITIATIVE.
If you're new to the Laamb, then we suggest you read our previous posts here. Laamb is the native folk style of wrestling found in Western Africa. Depending on the particular country it can be called Laamb, Lutte Traditionnelle, or Evala.
In fact, not to long ago, Vice did a feature on African Wrestling you can check out here. Surprising to us and probably most of you, Pro wrestling is huge in West Africa and in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Anyway, Today's video is about The Lion Heart Initiative. "LHI is a non-profit endeavor to introduce and develop mixed martial arts (MMA) in West Africa. The initiative aims to introduce urban youth to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), Muay Thai, and modern reality-based MMA; concurrently, allowing visiting martial artists to experience indigenous West African wrestling."
Take a look at this trailers from MMA videographer extraordinaire, Genghis Con. This documentary took place in November of 2013 and details the Journey of the LHI in Dakar and Senegal to spread BJJ, MT and MMA. Of course cross-training took place with traditional Laamb wrestlers in Senegal and much more, so check it out!