Juego del Palo

Juego del Palo or “the Game of the Stick” is a traditional martial art/folk sport of stick fighting practiced in the Canary Islands. It involves the combative use of a slender stick between 4 to 6 feet in length that is wielded in both hands, and is characterised by extremely fluid and skilful means of attacks and defence. The origins of Juego del Palo may be traced back to the ...

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Zipota

Zipota is a Basque martial art similar to the French fighting style savate which also survives and includes some stick-fencing. Zipota (which means shoe) is a very rough sport, involving a lot of leaping kicks and throws even in competition. The use of the Basque walking stick, a light five foot shepherd’s staff, is taught in an aligned discipline called Makila. Several practitioners...

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