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  1. Amewa L'awo

    Thank you so much for your Kind and thoughtful words. I’m sure that i Speak not only for my self but for all of us of the TaMerrian martial arts world.

  2. Aroni S.Machapungs-El

    A deep, sincere, heartfelt condolence goes out to the It I family. The brother was instrumental in assisting A.M.E.N.-R.A. collective in 1986 in our rites of passage for our sons. ” Job well done ” !

  3. ATAIBA GNATEK

    Thank you so much for that piece it was beautifully written. It helps knowing so many people loved my father is much as I do.

  4. Thank you for your reminisces about Ahati Kilindi Iyi. I too am saddened to hear about his passing, but I am also saddened at the lack of response that I have seen from the martial arts community. I met Kilindi in 1987 when he hosted a workshop by Taikiken master, Dr. Hodari N Mqulo. Dr. Hodari and Ahati Kilindi were the first martial artists that I had seen who moved with a natural “African” grace. Instead of hard, staccato movements I saw the same flow that one sees in a good boxer or, for that matter, dancer.

    I eventually ended up studying with Master Kilindi for about a year and a half, until my other involvements became commitments (fatherhood, ministry, music, and so on). I really know nothing about his involvement with mushrooms, but I do remember Master Iyi as being a creative and groundbreaking martial artist. Even though my interests in the martial sciences (as Kilindi used call them) has waned a bit over the years, I am still confounded by the lack of recognition that I see for ground breaking African American martial artists like Moses Powell, Mfundishi Maasi,
    Tayari Cassel, Karriem Allah, Cliff Stewart, Ronald Duncan and countless others.

    I hope that the students of Ahati Kilindi Iyi will carry on his martial arts legacy, and continue to propagate the art of Aha.

    Much respect!

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