El Juego del Garrote

El Juego del Garrote (The Garrote Game) is a Venezuelan martial arts system which involves the machete, the stick and knife fencing. The garrote is a stick that is heavier at the striking end than at the handle end. The discipline of El Juego del Garrote is also known under other names, such as Garrote Larense, Garrote Tocuyano, Pelea de Palos and Esgrima de Palos.

Y ou think maybe what I say is a lie, but it is a truth of the size of the sun. The set of clubs has a secret music that only those who can hear the El Juego del Garrote put them in the blood.

For So when you see two men playing as it is, throwing hard, and the body, stay quietly as if in a church, these men are and transported to another world every time the clubs clash, when cutting the air buzz, when they blow the meat as giving creeps up close, finally, when you get to imagine if the sticks will have a life and move on their own as if instead of being two men playing clubs were two men playing clubs, or as if those men breathed by clubs, are sacred moments.

The origins of el Juego del Garrote are unknown, though references to it exist throughout Venezuelan culture. The combat system was passed from generation to generation and its practice and teachings held secretly. 

The Garrote Game

The master stick fighter (Maestro Jugador) revealed his skill just at the moment of the fight, never before, since it was to the Jugador’s advantage if his opponent underestimated him in a life-and-death duel. The Garrotero Mercedes Pérez used to say of el Juego del Garrote: “it is like a companion who could give us help in any moment of life; it is like a handkerchief that you put in your pocket and take it out whenever you need it”.

The club itself, considered an object rather than a clever diversion or needed the stick, is very different from this. Created originally as a support of the walker, the elderly, the blind and ailing and adopted as a symbol of dominion, the other , is only the virtual image a kind of gun metal muffler as it synthesizes and reflects all ethnic and vital proposal, this time drawn up by common people.

Despite these and other problems, since 1982 the researcher Eduardo Sanoja has traveled the most remote places, Lara state, to learn the secrets of Garrote game and has given the task to systematize and disseminate, as the only way this traditional value nonmusical subsist between us.