PHOTOS: Kombat Brigade holds martial arts expo in Nairobi


Community-based combat sport initiative Kombat Brigade conducted a martial expo in Nairobi on 20 April. The free event, held in partnership with Mbogi Genje and Urban Creatives, took place at Umoja 1 Boxing Gym in the Kenyan capital Eastlands’ area.

Submission grappling workshop at the Kombat Brigade Expo 2024.

The event, which drew martial artists from Kenya, Ethiopia, USA, Canada and Czech Republic, was an exhilarating showcase of skill, strength and technique with an array of demonstrations in combat training, kickboxing, striking, wrestling, grappling, emergency response, self defense and fitness training. There was also music entertainment by Mbogi Genje, Wrong Turn Family and P The DJ. 

Kombat Brigade instructor Jason Vasquez during grappling training.

The event pulled martial arts enthusiasts, sports fans and pros such as George ‘The Maverick’ Itumo, Ouhsummer Ali and Omer Jemal to participate or witness friendly tackles and demonstrations. Special guests in attendance included Ghetto Radio’s Maji Maji and Umoja One ward representative Mark Mugambi (Roro).

Martial art enthusiast George ‘The Maverick’ Itumo at the Kombat Brigade Expo.

Kombat Brigade is more than just a combat sports initiative – it’s a community-centered programme focused on empowering individuals of all ages and backgrounds through the practice of martial arts. And at its core, it is committed to equipping women and children with self-defence skills.

Young martial arts sports enthusiasts at the Kombat Brigade Expo 2024.

The martial arts community in Nairobi is fast gaining popularity and prominence. The first first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Invitational Tournament held in Nairobi in June of 2023 was also successful, and featured some of the finest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitors from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia, with Kenya Team ‘One Tribe BJJ’ emerging winners.

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