Originated in Southwest
Ethiopia.The suri are a semi-nomadic people whose livelihood revolves around
cattle.Each Suri male carries a long stick - known as a 'donga' as he walks
through the bush and tends to his cows.
people view themselves as warriors, and stick fighting plays crucial part in
their culture.It is also a major spectator sport.Huge crowds gather to watch
contests which occur after the harvest season. It is common for around 20 to
30 fighters from each side to participate, taking it in turns to fight one
on one. The only rule is not to kill you opponent.However bloodshed is
common and the atmosphere is highly volatile.The violence often erupts
beyond the arena and with firearms readily available in the region shooting
amongst spectators are becoming increasingly a common problem.
A hand to hand combat art
popular in Ethopia and Eritria.It places emphasis on dirty fighting
techniques, such as gouging, biting and head butting.Unusual techniques
include biting an opponents windpipe and groin.The main aim is to knock down
an oppenent with the head which is known as the 'big knuckle'