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Nguni stick-fighting African Martial Arts History & Techniques

Nguni stick-fighting (also known as donga, or dlala 'nduku) 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 the offense. Although Nguni/Xhosa styles of fighting may use only two sticks, variations of Bantu/Nguni stick-fighting throughout Southern Africa incorporate shields as part of the stick-fighting weaponry. Zulu stick-fighting uses an isikhwili or attacking stick, an ubhoko or defending stick and an ihawu or defending shield.

Nelson Mandela practiced Nguni stick-fighting as a child, and it was featured on the Discovery and BBC reality TV show Last Man Standing. It has been featured in Season 1 of the television series Deadliest Warrior.