Fighting to Survive - Chad Lue Choy Photography

Fighting to Survive

A study of Indigenous Martial Arts

Okichitaw fighters practice knife techniques. Okichitaw is an indigenous fighting system based on the traditions of the Plains-Cree weapons and movements.

Toronto, Canada

Okichitaw chief  instructor George Lepine demonstrates ax techniques .

Toronto, Canada

Students relax and meditate after class. Note the Gunstock Warclub to her side.

Toronto, Canada

Jab Jab leader Ronald Alfred demonstrates whip strike techniques at his training grounds in Couva. Jab Jab is an indigenous whip fighting system developed in Trinidad & Tobago but which can trace its origins back to India.

Couva, Trinidad

Finals 2016, Skinner Park

Two Jab Jab fighters duel in the gayelle

San Fernando, Trinidad

A Jab Jab dressed in full traditional costume

Couva, Trinidad

Finals 2016, Skinner Park

Two Kalinda fighters do battle during the National Stickfighting competition. Kalinda traces its origins back to colonial times and was part of the celebration of emancipation.

San Fernando, Trinidad

Some older stick fighters bear the scars and injuries of previous fights

San Fernando, Trinidad

A stick fighter defiantly shows his mouth to an official. One of the rules of Kalinda is the fighter who draws blood first wins the match.

Moruga, Trinidad

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