THE DOIMO BRAWLING FIGHTING STYLE

DESCRIPTION - TECHNIQUES AND MOVES - TRAINING - ORIGIN/HISTORY

Doimo Brawling is the fighting style perfected by the nomadic Doimo men found in the Naezshan Zhunith Thirstlands in south-western Nybelmar. It is a very effective fighting style with a long tradition, supposedly a gift from the spirits. It was first practiced by the famous medicine man Anhalli of the Nattrav, who is said to have defeated a demon with his bare hands only. Today Doimo Brawling serves on the one hand as a way to decide major arguments between clans, as a means of self-defense and on furthermore represents a popular sport. Additionally the preparations for the Brawling also provide meditative religious experience, especially among the Nattrav, the spirit clan.

Description. As the Doimo don't value material possessions the way of barehanded fighting seems a little uncivilised to other residents of Caelereth. This is especially interesting as the Doimo are usually a very peaceful people, who rather flee than fight when confronted. But Doimo Brawling is not designed to cause pain, but to keep an opponent at bay. However, among their own people Doimo Brawling has become a sort of ritual as a last resort when differences among clan chieftains cannot be solved in any other ways. For this purpose the best trained brawlers of each clan are chosen to decide the argument through the art of Doimo Brawling. Successful brawlers therefore also stand in high esteem among the Doimo and the male youths of the tribe try their best to stay in shape - perhaps they will once play an important role for their clan when they have to follow the call of the chieftain... Some clans of course stress the importance of the Brawling more than others. The most frequent users of the martial art by the way are the Nattrav, the spirit clan, because of the art's founder being a Nattrav Doimo. - Apart from the spiritual and religous place the art holds in Doimo culture it is also a very popular sport. Added with the use of the staff it is a very respected sport and the atheletes which perform well are given great praise among the rest of tribe.

The peace lovering orientation prevents the Doimo fighters from beating their opponents to a bloody pulp. Instead they use a variety of submissions and throws to disarm their opponents rather then cause them a considerably large amount of pain. Doimo Brawling is certainly not aggressive. The performers prefer to disarm their opponents as quickly as possible in an effective but non lethal way. The fighting style is based mainly around throws and submission holds and ironicly no quick punches or kicks are used. The fighting style doesn't rely on barbaric fighting but to cover your own faults while trying to disarm, not kill, your opponent.

One of the disadvantages of the fighting style is that if the opponent is armed the performer may be severely injured, if not killed, because of their caring for their opponent's well being and not focusing on the threat which they are trying to immoblise. During the popular sport a common mistake by the competitors is to try to combat your opponent, not to cover your own weaknesses.
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Techniques and Moves. There are a bunch of Doimo Brawling moves we'd like to summarize here. The name for the move performer is the A'carn and the receiver is called the Sou'carn.

a) Basic Moves. All of these moves can be placed in any particular order to form combos but are as equally effective one their own.

b) Submission Holds. These moves rely on appling pressure in different places on the Sou'carn's body. These moves cannot be combined to combos.

c) Body Throws. These moves rely on upper body strength as they are plainly just throwing your opponent to the ground repeatedly. They can be used to finish a combo.

Training. Because of the Doimo's lack of structural knowledge no specific apparatus or equipment is used to help train new performers of the martial art as is common at other tribes. However, techniques and moves are explained to the younger men by the more experienced ones and at various ceremonies training fights are arranged, not primarily to determine a winner, but mainly to show the rest of the clan what the younger ones have learned by now.

Anhalli of the Nattrav

View picture in full size Image description. The great medicine man Anhalli of the Nattrav, the clan of Spirit-Dancers. Picture drawn by Bard Judith and Eshˇh K'ryvvlen.

Over the year the medicine men, who are masters of the martial art, take the time to spend several weeks with the most advanced Doimo brawlers and teach them extra lessons. The show how to discipline the mind as well as the body with many different mental and physical challenges, as the art doesn't require brute strength but a wise heart and strong mind in order to live up to the Doimo's traditional peace loving tendencies. At such training sessions objects like buckets full of water are used to discipline the body and tasks such as fasting are used to discipline the mind, only the strictest praticers follow such dangerous methods as the fasting though. Return to the top

Origin/History. There is a very well known medicine man, Anhalli of the Nattrav, who was the first Doimo to ever kill a demon during the "Age of Legends",
which in Sarvonia is known as the War of the Chosen. The land dried up at this time, and mountains rose. A lake appeared in the north of the Doimo territories. Armed refugees robbed and killed. At this time the Doimo learned to use the war-club, and Anhalli of the Nattrav also was the first one to use his body as an effective weapon. It is said that he beat the demon he encountered completely unarmed with a hand to hand combat which he believed was given to him by the spirits as they saw his noble intentions. After vanquishing the demon from Caelereth he decided to teach all others who were willing to listen to his teaching of the spirit inspired fighting in order to reduce the casualities from not just demon attacks but all kinds of hostility the Doimo encountered in Nybelmar.

This was the birth of Doimo Brawling. The art soon became common knowledge, especially among the Nattrav because of their higher respect of the spirits and Anhalli coming from their clan, and became a very important part of Doimo culture.
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