Shout outs to this website for showing something amazing, letting the world know: Africans have martial arts too! I have always wanted to know about various war dances and festival customs from different African cultures. It’s a huge part of our history that can be glossed over. This was such an eye opener I couldn’t be greedy and keep it to myself. Shout out to www.ankhesen-mie.net for posting this on her side bar. I have posted a snippet of the first part, you can read the rest of the article on the link under it. Enjoy the link to the article!
According to Slate, “Dambe was historically practiced by the Hausa butchers’ guild around harvest or festival time and was considered to be a test of bravery, a rite of passage for marriage, or preparation for war.” The west African boxing style is extremely popular in Nigeria, southern Niger and Chad, where boxers fight with one hand. The boxer’s strong hand is covered in a wrap and called the spear. The other hand is free and called the shield. Kicking allowed as well. Each match has three rounds and the boxers must knock their opponent out within that time frame.