The ancient practice of Haitian machete fighting is making a resurgence. Fans of the martial art dating back to the 1700's use real machetes to hone their self-defense skills and techniques. (July 10)
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Jacmel, Haiti - July 2, 2014
1. Close, feet of machete fencers
2. Tight, Alfred Avril wood fencing with Reginald Turnier
3. Mid, Avril fencing with son Ronald
4. Mid, Avril showing machete to son
5. Tight, low angle of Turnier fencing with Avril
6. Close, Turnier talking to Avril
7. Mid, Turnier talking with Avril
8. Mid, zoom in on Avril fencing Turnier
9. Mid, Avril fencing with son
10. Tight, Avril fencing son
11. Tight, pan down of Avril holding wooden machete's
12. Mid, Avril fencing son
13. Mid, Avril fencing Turnier
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Reginald Turnier, Machete fighting student (Transcript Below)
15. Mid, Turnier fencing Avril
16. Tight, Avril fencing son
17. Mid, Turnier and Avril laughing after fencing with wood machete's
PART DANCE.... PART DANGER
THE ANCIENT ART OF HAITIAN MACHETE FIGHTING IS MAKING A COMEBACK AS FANS OF THE OBSCURE PRACTICE WORK TO RESTORE ITS ORIGINAL GLORY.
A SKILL DATING BACK TO THE 1700S, MACHETE FIGHTING IS MAKING A RESURGENCE WITH THE HELP OF FENCING STUDENT REGINALD TURNIER AND MACHETE MASTER ALFRED AVRIL.
THE COLLABORATION BETWEEN STUDENT AND MASTER EVOLVED INTO WHAT IS NOW KNOWN AS THE HAITIAN MACHETE FENCING PROJECT, A GROUP FOCUSED ON HONING THE SKILLS AND TECHNIQUE USED IN THE MARTIAL ART.
SEASONED FIGHTERS PRACTICE WITH REAL MACHETES, WHILE NOVICES ARE INSTRUCTED TO LEARN ON FAUX MACHETES CARVED OUT OF WOOD.
AS AVRIL TRAINS HIS SONS AND GRANDSONS IN THE TRADITION WHICH SERVED MOSTLY AS A MEANS OF SELF-DEFENSE IN THE HAITIAN COUNTRYSIDE...
TURNIER SAYS THE PRACTICE ALLOWS HIM TO CONNECT WITH HIS OWN DESCENDENTS
SOUNDBITE (English) Reginald Turnier, Machete fighting student:
My descendents fought, especially against (Haiti's first President Alexandre) Petion, the (unintelligible). So there's kind of martial lineage, I suppose. So, I felt like I was connecting with that in a way."
THIS UNIQUE FUSION OF TRADITIONAL AFRICAN-STICK FIGHTING AND EUROPEAN SABRE FIGHTING ALLOWS MODERN DAY PRACTIONERS TO UNLOCK A PIECE OF THEIR ANCESTRAL PAST.
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