December 28, 2015

The three rules of South #African bare-knuckle #fight club tournament held on Boxing Day

Tribes have gathered in this spot in the Tshifudi village, Venda district of the South African Limpopo province for centuries. It began as a way to select the bravest members of the tribe and to train the men to be warriors. Now fighters compete for pride and respect

There are three rules of this fight club. 

One; the fight continues until blood is shed. Two; someone is knocked out, or three; a fighter surrenders by raising his hand.

The sport is credited with being a training ground for professional South African boxer Phillip Ndou, who stared out in the Tshifudi ring. While he didn't win a major world title, Ndou took numerous regional titles as featherweight and super featherweight

These are the incredible photos of this year's annual bare-knuckle boxing competition in the Limpopo province of northern South Africa which has been held by the Venda tribe from the 1800s.

For some, the competition is the highlight of their year and a way to earn the respect of their families.While in the past Musangwe was used to select brave warriors, now its a way to help men to be brave and to stand fast in a time of joblessness and economic hardship
Battling against the brutal heat of high summer as well as each other, fighters compete in the centuries-old Musangwe tournament every Christmas.

Traditionally, the fights were used to select the bravest men in the tribe and to teach them how to be a warrior, but now they fight for pride.

Lundevhe river is the boundary between rival groups and those who live north of it always fight the southerners
Matches start early in the day and have three age groups - young boys are called 'mambibi' and teenage fighters are 'rovhasize'.

But it's the masters that are the main draw and dominate the circle, which has been the match ground for their fathers and their fathers before them.

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