Probably, we all know Maori for their spectacular, very impressive and world famous dance of war, the Haka.
But what I would like to do now is to explore the combat system of those aborigenal culture of New Zealand: the Mau Rakau. This martial form, whose origins were lost into mythology, is based totally on weaponry.
The range of weapons used is based on the spear and the club shapes: examples of spears are the taiaha the most important and famous weapon, 1. Weaponry is often decorated with carving, lashing and feathersnot only for decorative purpose but because they help to distract the opponent as they fluttered and moved. Considerable skills and lots of practice are necessary to learn how to use all of these weapons during the fighting and nowadayes there are schools in Mokoia Island to teach those techniques to Maori people.
The mythological history of this system is very interesting in the way to understand the strict relation between this art and the Maori culture and religion.
Today the weapons of this aborigenal martial system are presented as gifts to honour people who have demonstrated courage or achievement in a particular field. Maori people, in fact, present them in special occasions or ceremonies, like graduations, to symbolically acknowledge the facing of challenges in life. Some weapons like Taiaha are even used in the Powhiri, the traditional Maori challenge to visitors: it is given to heads of state and visiting dignitaries welcomed to New Zealand and the tradition says that when a visiting party approached a Maori village, they would be challenged by a warrior with a taiaha to see if they were friend or foe.
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Maori warrior culture places similar emphasis on respect and honour, kapa haka has finely drawn similarities to kata and kihon kumite and the weapons used in both provide a counterpoint each to each. Training is also similar with mau rakau to bear arms, to carry a weapon, to be skilled in the art of war teaching the use of the taiaha, tewhatewha and other weapons in combat.
Mau rakau students spend a lifetime mastering the skills necessary to use their bodies and their weapons effectively as do martial artists. Training is also similar with mau rakau to bear arms, to carry a weapon, to be skilled in the art of war teaching the use of the taiaha, tewhatewha and other weapons, traditional to Maori, for use in combat. Mau taiaha is an exclusive term that refers to the use of the taiaha alone and does not necessarily include other martial weapons such as the patu, mere, pouwhenua or the tewhatewha.
Regular schools are held to ensure the lineage of the taiaha is retained. As with all martial art forms, a student of the taiaha will spend years mastering timing, balance and the co-ordination necessary to know and to use the weapon capably.
The taiaha is still taught and practised in New Zealand by both sexes with some of the techniques, training values and methods going back hundreds of years often in uninterrupted lines of succession. The wero is almost always performed by the male most skilled in the use of weapons but, while there is no physical contact between performer and manuhiri, those challenged must have strong nerves to withstand the fury of a properly executed wero Tongarewa and through a deep awareness of human behaviour even the deepest of visitor intentions become clear.
The taiaha is a hand weapon made from hard wood or whale bone, is between 5 to 6 feet 1. Tamahorifeatures on the coat of arms of New Zealand which portrays a warrior with a taiaha Mackenzie-White and on the official badge of the New Zealand Army where, sincea taiaha has been crossed with a sword replacing the original two sword motif.
Pouwhenua land posts are elaborately carved, quarter staff-like weapons that, like totem poles and other monumental sculptures, contain a narrative that connects the people tangata with the whenua land and with the ancestral past. Much of the reputation of a tribal group would rest in the pouwhenua Johnstone which evolved much as the Japanese traditional weapons did, from everyday objects.
As weapons, pouwhenua are similar to the tewhatewha and the taiaha in that they are usually made of wood and have long, broad blades rau with a sharp pointed tip. A human head is invariably carved between the end of the rau and the beginning of the tip. Hiroa Some, alternatively, have club-like heads and are used for striking.
The hoeroa is an mysterious club-like hand weapon four to five feet in length Stone and was made from the lower jaw of the sperm whale.Mau Rakau
Techniques relating to the use of hoeroa are not recorded but its appearance suggests it may have been used as a striking weapon, stabbing spear or missile. Smith Patu means to strike, hit, beat, or subdue Moorfield and is a generic term for a club or pounder. When used as a weapon the patu was a short-handled, hand-made striking weapon used in pre-European times primarily during inter-tribal wars.
Patuirrespective of the material used in construction, were decorated often with elaborate carving. Mere sometimes patu onewa were made from greywacke and had to be made substantially thicker because the stone used shattered readily and was more fragile than resilient pounamu.
Other weapons in the patu family included the patu paraoa which was made of whale bone, the patu tawaka and patuki which were made from wood, the patu pora which was made from iron and two pounders which, while primarily used for the purposes they were contstructed for, were occasionally seen in battle.Instructions are given in Maori — which you will pick up as time progresses.
I Mrs Karaka was in that position, but now with time have learnt many stances, blocks karo and hits paoa. We are located in Taumarunui Hinengakau Maatu Whangai, our health program provides low impact classes for kaumatua, healthy cooking, mau rakau would be healthy and healing for the body most of our clients suffer with cardio and diabetes if we could run a course maurakau all our kaumatua would have the benefit of a healthy lifestyle and the wealth of traditional maori learning please email me……for more infomatio on what you have to offer.
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The cultural element to the programme is strongly linked to Parihaka. Some are walking in the door after hearing success stories while in other cases, the youth are being tapped on the shoulder and asked to attend.
Ms Burnside said Mr Hunt, who has been heralded as a star graduate of Waves, the city's now defunct one-stop youth health service, had an extraordinary ability to spot distressed people wanting to make a change in their lives. The team put their new-found passion to good purpose yesterday when they spent a couple of hours cleaning up the rubbish around Puke Ariki and the foreshore. Mr Hunt said he was finding many of the youth were suffering serious addiction problems after using artificial cannabis, such as Not Pot, on a daily basis.
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They are in the middle of applying for charitable trust status through the Charities Commission and will then apply for funding. The public can take advantage of a five-week course of free lectures on Wednesday and Saturday at 10am, Ms Burnside said. Giving a new lease on life. Lyn HumphreysApr 09 Carrying on the traditions of tupuna who lived hundreds of years before him is a great honour for Waikawa Bay teenager Wiremu Herbert.
For the past four years, the Queen Charlotte College year student has been learning how to use taiaha Maori longstaff at the Waikawa Marae under the tutorage of Mike Elkington and Kiley Nepia. Taiaha training consists of learning various ahai on-guard movements and combinations of positions and rigorous moves, and the year-old, of Te Atiawa and Nga Puhi descent, has become skilled enoughto now help tutor younger boys. Learning about the history of taiaha was also interesting, Wiremu said.
Late last year, he was one of seven Marlborough men selected to train in the art of mau rakau, another traditional Maori weaponry ritual. Last month, the mau rakau group led the strong Rangitane group into the Canterbury Museum chamber to reclaim the bones of their tupuna ancestors. Wiremu said the experience gave him a huge rush of adrenalin. Apart from taiaha tutoring, the college council member and kapa haka leader also helps out at the marae most often washing the dishes and doing what his mum tells him.
In summer, he shows cruise-ship visitors around the marae, explaining Maori culture and customs and performing in the marae's kapa haka and music group. Although not entirely sure what he wanted to do after leaving school at the end of the year, Wiremu said one thing was certain it would involve performing arts and hip-hop dancing. I just do it with my mates for now, but I would love to do something properly with it. Other than that, I'll keep with taiaha, basketball, skateboarding, eating and being a clown.
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