Moko Jumbies entertain the crowds before the start of the competition
Jab Jabs adorn themselves with colourful and intricate costumes often detailed with sequins and mirrors in order to distract their opponents
A young Jab dances in the gayelle to show he is without fear
A whip made of woven hemp is the traditional weapon of the Jab Jab
Two very different faces in the heat of battle
Small bells and sequins adorn the Jab Jab's costume which are meant to distract an opponent during a skirmish
The main event in the Gayelle is the Kalinda or stick fight which dates back to the post-emancipation period
King of the Rock O'Neil Odel of the Valiant Brothers Gayelle strikes a blow at his opponent
The crowd reacts to the spectacle center stage
The match is over if blood is drawn. Here a ringside judge examines one of the "players"
A well-struck blow ends a match
A casualty of the Gayelle
The Kalinda is accompanied by traditional call and response songs sung by a chantuelle. Often the players would pause during a bout to draw strength from the lyrics and infectious rhythm.
African drums provide the music. The drums are considered sacred instruments and carry the spirit of the ancestors.