The body of the gongo practitioner must be flexible and strong, in order to master the many and ever changing lines and angles. The foot work must be fast, deceptive and explosive. The body-mind of the gongo practitioner must bend and sway with the speed and power of a cyclone.
- Small and rapid steps are used for advancing and withdrawing. Circular stepping is used to trap, side-stepping is used to exploit angles, and extended stepping is used to cover distances.
- Balance is firm and body-movements agile.
- Power is generated by the whip-lash action of the body.
- Strikes are delivered with total mind intent.
- The stick is both weapon and shield.
- The fighter must be highly skilled in the use of timing and distance.
- One must be proficient in the art of zoning (proper placement of the body in relation to the actions of the opponent).
- The first element of defense is the ‘Aura’.
- Counter striking is delivered with crushing power.
The four strikes:
- Air strike…deceptive and explosive striking.
- Fire strike…rapid intense striking.
- Water striking…enveloping, overpowering striking.
- Earth striking…solid and powerful striking.
- S pattern.
- C pattern.
- J pattern.
- 8 pattern.
- O pattern.
“The artist’s role is to raise the consciousness of the people. To make them understand life, the world and themselves more completely. That’s how I see it. Otherwise, I don’t know why you do it”…..Amiri Baraka