Dambe is a form of boxing traditionally practised by the Hausa people who are found in Northern Nigeria and various other West African countries. Historically used to prepare for warfare, in modern times, Dambe is practised by groups of travelling fighters competing for glory.
Owing to the sport’s roots, much of the terminology used in Dambe refers to warfare. Wrapped in a piece of cloth or rope, the fist of the warrior’s dominant hand is the primary weapon used for striking and is known as ‘the spear’. The lead hand is called ‘the shield’ and is used for blocking or grabbing hold of an opponent. Competitors can also use their legs for kicking and sweeping their opponents.
Competitors compete for a maximum of three rounds. Rounds end only when: 1) there is a stall in activity, a participant or the referee calls for a halt, or a competitor’s hand, knee or body touches the ground.
Wrestling is the oldest form of combat on earth. Africa has a rich tradition of wrestling, and across the Continent it is known by a number of names including Kokowa, Gidigbo, Igba Ngba and Laamb. In years past, local disputes and conflicts between villages were settled through wrestling competition.
In the Nigerian tradition, no strikes are used in wrestling and competitors employ a number of techniques such as clinching, throws, and takedowns.
Competitors compete for a maximum of three rounds. Rounds end only when: 1) there is a stall in activity, a participant or the referee calls for a halt, or a competitor is grappled or pushed to the ground.
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
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