Stick fighting - traditional sport revival

2017-09-20 06:00

IT is fitting that in Heritage Month the ancient traditional sport of stick fighting will be revived at a tournament in Msinga this weekend.

New protected fibre rods and protection, designed by Umvoti resident Mthokiozi Majola Eric Thomson, ensure safer and stronger sticks without causing injury to the fighters.

The initiative for the revival has been undertaken by Msindo Resource Developers with the aim of the  protection and survival of our cultural heritage, and at the same time the development of the sticks, etc., has a positive economic spin-off through manufacture and marketing.

Stick fighting is still enjoyed by thousands throughout the country, but the support for underground fighting shows the potential for growth of this ancient form of African martial arts.

It is at these underground events that people get injured casting a bad light on the game, but managed correctly, stick fighting can be developed into a valuable resource for young people.

Msindo believe that by designing­ and refining the equipment for the sport, injuries and death have been eliminated.

This development has the potential for stick fighting to become a national sport for boys and girls at schools throughout the country as well as the continent

Msindo uses patented, fighting sticks made of a protected fibre rod strong enough to absorb the most severe impact, yet soft enough to cushion human skin from breaking.

The revolutionary design develops this ancient African sport from underground and dangerous to mainstream and safe.  

The pilot tournament takes place on Saturday 23 September featuring stick fighters from Siyabonga and Sakhiseni High schools at Philankeni in Tugela Ferry between 1pm and 3pm as an event at the Impi MCC Bike Spring Festival taking place. Entry to the fiesta is R200.

A special thanks to our s ponsors Vishay Aheer from Aheers and aQuellé for refreshments, Hardcore Innovations for sponsoring the sticks, the Msinga Municipality for the helmets, Mr and Mrs Mabaso for the Mphelankani venue.

For more information on becoming involved in this social cultural sport health imperative, contact Isabelle Rorke on 078 303 9967 or Mthokozi Majola Eric Thompson on 081 304 2197.

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