Infecting the City 2012
The Jewels - Xhosa Stick-fighting

The flamboyant martial art of young Xhosa men


Sensei Ndlovu


Jewel Route 2:  Tues 22 at 11h00 and 13h10
Fri 25 at 11h00 and 13h10


Jewel Route 2 starts in the Golden Acre Foyer

For the stick-fighters working with Sensei, practising stick-fighting is deeply personal. While rehearsing their short yet powerful movement piece at the Nyanga Arts Centre, Enoch Ndlumbini, one of the fighters, says, ‘Stick-fighting keeps young Xhosa people in touch with their heritage and culture.’

Stick-fighting is traditionally practised by herd boys, each armed with two sticks: one for offence, the other for defence. Adding to the intensity of the performance, the fighters sing powerful traditionally Xhosa songs.

For his part in the creation of these pieces, Sensei is, in effect, creating a chorus – the only difference being that his ‘songs’ are sung in the universal language of movement.

Sensei Ndlovu

Sensei Ndlovu

Master multi-tasker, performer, teacher, multi-award winner, accredited assessor, trainer and facilitator, Sensei has been a professional stuntman and stunt coordinator for over 15 years. Ndlovu is the Managing Director and founder of the first and the only accredited stunt-training institution on the African continent, established in 2002, named the Dimensional Stunt School. He has been called a master of movement, a hot stepper and “Empower read more...