Mau rākau

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Mau rākau
Country of originNew Zealand New Zealand
Famous practitionersCliff Curtis, Temuera Morrison
Olympic sportNo

Mau rākau, meaning "to bear a weapon", is a martial art based on traditional Māori weapons.


Taiaha - 'fourth position'

Mau rākau is a general term referring to the skilled use of weapons. It is said that the use of weapons was taught in the Whare-tū-taua (House or school of war). The term Mau taiaha is used to refer to the use of the taiaha and does not necessarily include other weapons.

Regular schools are held on Mokoia Island in Lake Rotorua to teach the use of the taiaha. [1]

Other Māori weapons:


A man holding a tao

It is said weapons including the taiaha and patu were handed down by Tāne, god of the forest and , god of war, the two sons of Rangi-nui and Papatūānuku. The Whare-tū-taua (House of war) is a term which covers the basics of educating young toa (warriors) in the arts of war.

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