Contemporary Kiribati culture
is centered around the family, the church and the sea. Its relative isolation Kiribati has allowed "traditional values" and skills to be maintained.
Kiribati has a history of contrived and ritualized duels
. The armor
was made of thickly woven sennet, a kind of coconut fiber. The duelists wore helmets made of blowfish
remains. The helmets
were resilient and, due to the structure of blowfish, covered with many points, which had the ability of damaging weapons. The weapons resembled broadswords
with a serrated edge created with many shark teeth. The duels were performed mostly for the purpose of settling disputes and maintaining honor. The practicality of the duels is debatable. Due to the difficulty of moving in this armor, falling over and becoming unable to get back up was common enough that duel assistants were required.
Kiribati traditional martial arts
has been known for its traditional martial arts which were kept within the secrets of several families for generations. The Kiribati arts of fighting as opposed to Asian martial arts are not often mentioned or even advertised to be known by the general public. Though, there maybe be some noticeable parallels in principle to that of Asian martial arts, they are merely really different. For instance, generally, there is no kicking as in Karate
kicks or Kung Fu
kicks, and speed is more important than power. The list of these traditional martial arts is as... Read More