Kamau Rashid has taught martial arts since 2001, and studied martial arts since 1994. His training has included Wing Chun Kung Fu, Choy Lay Fut Kung Fu, Capoeira, 52 Blocks, mixed-martial arts, and more. He is the director of the Chicago African Martial Arts Institute, a workshop series that seeks to promote African and African diasporic martial traditions. He is also the head instructor of Harakati za Waasi Martial Arts, where he teaches Capoeria Angola de Sao Bento Grande (via Chicago Malandros de Mestre Touro) 52 Blocks.
Kamau’s approach to teaching emphasizes simplicity and practicality. He seeks to insure that students are able to internalize what they learn and apply this knowledge in a range of contexts. He also seeks to inculcate an awareness of the ways in which martial arts can be transformative, both socially and personally. To this end, he endeavors to demonstrate the importance of traditional martial arts for building and transforming community.
Kamau holds a Black sash in Choy Lay Fut from Kung Fu for Holistic Health, under Sifu Santanu Rahman. He is also studies Capoeira Angola under Mestre Preto Velho of Os Malandros de Mestre Touro and 52 Blocks under Prof. Mo of the 52 Blocks Federation.