“A bare fisted striking style” is what an African martial art form known as Moraingy is renowned for. This “traditional” form of combat is said to have originated from the western coast of Madagascar. Apparently, it was developed during the reign of the Maroseranana dynasty in between the 17th and 18th century. Furthermore, this form of martial art was traditionally only practiced by young men. In addition, according to a tradition a bout of “Moraingy” must be accompanied by music.

a. History/origin of Moraingy:

According to the cultural history of Madagascar, this form of martial arts was essentially developed to allow the elders to judge the fitness levels of young men in the society. Furthermore, it was also created to provide young men within the society of Madagascar with an opportunity to exhibit their physical fitness and thereby maintain their prestige.

b. Weapon used in the Moraingy:

Since Moraingy is renowned for a “bare fisted striking style” the main weapon used is the hand of fighter. However, since occasional “kicks” are also allowed in this form of combat the “leg” can also be considered as a weapon.

c. Technique involved in the Moraingy and training availability:

In terms of technique, the fighter essentially makes use of a combination of “punches” and occasional “kicks” to defeat an opponent. Now, a wide range of punches are used by the fighter during a duel, and they are as follows:

  1. Misto: The straight punches.
  2. Mandraoky: The hooks.
  3. Vangofary: The downward slanting punch.
  4. Vangomioriky: A punch that closely resembles the famous boxing move “the uppercut”.

Furthermore, defensive moves such as “guarding and side stepping” are also used by the fighter as and when required. As for training centres/schools, there are none available around the world since this “traditional” martial art form is mainly performed in Madagascar and neighbouring islands such as Seychelles and Mauritius.

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