Dominican Republic, Sword Fights to the Death
I saw stuff about this related to Haiti before, where they had a machete fighting art tradition that was being taught. The Dominican Republic shares the same island with Haiti but I don't think this is related to that (they have a horrible history between the two countries...they don't get along and their cultures are totally different).
This takes it to another level though, where people are still actually dueling with real, live blades...to the point where someone is maimed or killed.
Books is "From Machete Fights to Paradise, The Machete Fighters of the Dominican Republic"
Anyone heard about this? According to the book these duels to the death still take place. From Dominicans I've talked to it is true, and happens more often than you would think. Usually it happens in extremely dangerous neighborhoods, places no outsider would dare to go. Places even locals stay away from...where they might kill you for just your clothes.
Anyone know more about this stuff?