Nguni stick fighting
(or known as donga) is a martial art
traditionally practiced by teenage Nguni
herdboys in South Africa
. Each combatant is armed with two long sticks, one of which is used for defense and the other for offense. No armour or protective gear is used.
The object is to hit the opponent with a stick until pain is inflicted.
In recent years, attempts have been made to develop stick fighting into a regular sport, with rules and competitions.
Nelson Mandela practiced Nguni stick fighting as a child, and it was recently featured on the Discovery and BBC reality TV show Last Man Standing.
- Coetzee, Marié-Heleen. (2002) "Zulu Stick Fighting: A Socio-Historical Overview," http://ejmas.com/jalt/jaltart_Coetzee_0902.htm