stick-fight, noun

A traditional martial game among black youths (in rural areas), involving two fighters, each wielding two sticks, the right-hand for attack and the left-hand for defence. See also fighting stick sense 1.
[1731 G. Medley tr. of P. Kolben’s Present State of Cape of G.H. I. 292They frequently exercise themselves in Mock-Fights. And at these Mock-Fights I have frequently beheld ’em with inexpressible Pleasure...These Disputes are chiefly maintain’d with Kirri-Sticks, Rackum-Sticks and Stones.]
1987 J. Jadi Informant, GrahamstownA stick-fight is a game or exercise for boys before they go to initiation school. They use two sticks each, one for defence and one for attack...Stick-fights rarely take place in urban areas.
A traditional martial game among black youths (in rural areas), involving two fighters, each wielding two sticks, the right-hand for attack and the left-hand for defence.
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Hence stick-fight intransitive verb, stick-fighter noun, stick-fighting verbal noun; also attributive.
1903 Ilanga 9 Oct. 4Various games indulged in by the boys such as ‘Ubedu’.., stick-fighting with the ‘insema’, foot-racing and similar pastimes.
1991 G. Silber Sunday Times 23 June (Mag. Sect.) 35A Xhosa stick-fighting song.

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