Watch Nigerian Dambe Warriors Fight

Dambe is a martial art of the Hausa people from Nigeria. The sport has received mainstream attention from Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.

The minister Sunday Dare pledged in December 2019 to create a national league through cooperating with the Dambe Sport Association to form a federation for organizing competitions and tournaments across and outside Nigeria.

Competitors in a typical match aim to subdue each other into total submission mostly within three rounds. It often results in serious bodily injuries for the challengers such as broken jaws and ribs. 

The tradition is dominated by Hausa fisherman and butcher caste groups. It was traditionally practiced as a way for men to get ready for war, and many of the techniques and terminology allude to warfare.