As they move their feet, the beating sound of the drums and chants rise like incense to fill the room.

The battle of wits has begun as they move ever so gracefully in search for convergence in a joyful ebb and flow of motion.


First, go into a negative, which sets one’s foot behind the heel of the opponent’s support leg. Then, by pulling one’s leg in, the player will return to a standing position while the opponent topples and falls. Basically, it is the use of negative as a takedown instead of a general movement.

Below is a video of negativa for reference.