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Nguni Stick Fighting - too violent for TV?

Is Nguni Stick Fighting too violent for TV? Trans World Sport feature on the traditional South African sport of Nguni Stick Fighting. A former boyhood past time of Nelson Mandela. Some broadcasters felt it was too violent for TV.

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The Suri people of Ethiopia have a fierce culture in which stick fighting - called donga or saginay – plays an important part. Traditionally a way for young men to impress girls it is a demonstration of bravery and a desire to become cattle warriors. Often shaved bald, and frequently wearing little or no clothing, the men battle it out with scant regard for injury or the real possibility of being killed.

Nguni Stick Fighting (South Africa)

Further reading
Coetzee, Marié-Heleen. (2002) Zulu Stick Fighting: A Socio-Historical Overview,

An overview on traditional African martial arts: Nguni Stick Fighting

Zulu & Filipino Kali Stick Fighting

This video is a comparison by Burton Lucky Dog Richardson of Zulu stickfighting and Filipino Kali stickfighting, and includes sparring footage of both methods. Burton visited Zulu villages in South Africa on four separate occasions, beginning in 1994, and he has learned a great deal of functional fighting techniques and principles from them. One move in particular is examined. This tactic is used often by the Zulus, and Burton includes the misdirection in his Battlefield Kali program.

When watching, please notice how often the Zulus laugh during sparring- especially after hitting Burton! Most of their sparring is done in a very good-natured way, and serves as a great lesson for all of those who want to develop a high level of fighting skill. Have fun sparring often!
A big thanks to all my Zulu friends! They are always very kind to me.
I want to include my sincere thanks to all my teachers, but especially to my guide since 1980 Tuhon Dan Inosanto. He is the most knowledgeable martial artist in the world, and he is incredibly generous with that knowledge which has taken a lifetime to garner. Maraming Salamat Po Tuhon!

Zulu Stick Fighting

Burton Lucky Dog Richardson doing Zulu stick fighting sparring with a Zulu lower chief in QuaZulu Natal, South Africa. This footage was taken during Burton's fourth trip to the Zulu countryside in 2003. Burton's wife Sarah was behind the camera. The whole sparring session lasted about forty five minutes, with some time taken for pointers on set-ups, body movement, and feinting.
The stick is a Zulu sagila made of hardwood with the end flaring out into a ball. The ball was covered with a little bit of padding and taped. That keeps it from breaking bones, but it still packs quite a wallop, as evidenced by the photo in the video.
I have had a wonderful experience each time I have visited this group. The men show tremendous hospitality, and are very eager to help me learn. Of course, most of the learning comes in the form of sparring experience, so they are equally eager to hit me!
The sparring sessions are almost always a laughing session, as it is just so much fun. Each time a new trick is revealed and a good blow lands, everyone laughs, and often congratulations is offered. It is an ideal environment for developing functional fighting skill.
To all the martial artists out there, please note that 95% of the training is actual sparring. Techniques are learned and practiced during sparring, instead of being drilled with a static partner. The only other form of training is during the dances where the sticks, shields, and spears are wielded with stunning grace and ferocity.
Once again, I thank all of my Zulu friends for always welcoming me with great hospitality, and I thank them for sharing so generously with me. Ngiyabonga Kakhulu!

African Stick and Shield Fencing



This is not just a game, This is WAR.

xhosa stickfighting competition

xhosa stick fighting tournament in mfuleni township, cape town south africa.

Real Stick Fight (its dangrous and Real).flv

Real Stick Fight (its dangrous and Real)

Full Contact Stick Fighting


Full Contact Stick Fighting

Full Contact Stick Fighting en el seminario de Eskrima Kombat en Córdoba y en el mundial UIAMA.

Full Contact Stick Fighting

Full Contact Stick Fighting in Victoria Park featuring Bushido-Kai Filipino Martial Arts instructor Vince Bollozos.

Bali International Stick Fighting Challenge - Double Stick Sparring Men Division (Idi vs Arry)

Idi Tindianto(CMAA) vs Arry Gautama(Casasai) in double stick sparring men division. Idi won the bout.

Donga (Suri Stick Fighting)

Extreme Stick Fighting

Full contact unarmored stick fighting with a little jiu jitsu mixed in. This shit is hardcore

Must See! Eskrima Stick Fighting Techniques

Eskrima, Arnis, and Kali are umbrella terms for the traditional martial arts of the Philippines (Filipino Martial Arts, or FMA) that emphasize weapon-based fighting with sticks, knives and other bladed weapons, and various improvised weapons. It also includes hand-to-hand combat, joint locks, grappling and weapon disarming techniques.


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South African stick fighting becomes hit with township teenagers

A traditional form of stick fighting, born of cattle herders in South Africa, is becoming a hit in the country’s townships. The game called intonga used to be a rite of passage for young, rural Xhosa boys but is now being used to keep teenagers away from gang violence and drugs.

My stick fighting lesson in Cape Town

learning a bit about the South African tradition of intonga. The aspect ratio is wrong but as it's just a fun video and not for broadcast I figured I'd leave it. Feel free to check out my website for an article about this.

Nguni Social Tshirt

Nguni stick fighting. The bedrock of the Zulu’s legendary fighting skill is the art of stick fighting in which two Zulus armed with fresh cut saplings attack each other with only a small hide shield to defend themselves. While the sticks don’t cause a lot of damage to the body aside from shallow cuts, being whacked with one is extremely painful and in a fight you are guaranteed to get whacked a number of times. Combat with the sticks help the Zulus shrug off pain and fear, which is the reason they could charge straight into British gunfire without flinching. Famous South African leader Nelson Mandela stated he participated in stick fighting as a child.

Peleas Full Contact Stick Fighting

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