#AfrikanBoxing Dambe is a martial art that was developed by the Hausa people of West Africa and is based on the ancient boxing traditions of Egypt. The sport started from clans of butchers travelling to different villages at harvest and fighting those from the area as part of the festival entertainment.
Though it may have roots in boxing, Dambe is no gentleman’s sport. Instead of gloves Dambe uses the “strong-side fist” or “spear” which is wrapped in a piece of cloth and secured with a cord, which is tightly knotted. This turns the fist into more or less a rope mallet. Before the art became more “civil” some fighters would dip their spear in a sticky resin containing shards of glass. Dambe boxers can strike anywhere on the body with the fist, head, or feet. Dambe matches only last 3 rounds. Knocking someone down in Dambe is called "killing". The sport was also traditionally practiced as training for war.