From Machete Fights to Paradise, The Machete Fighters of the Dominican Republic

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When I first heard of sword fights in the Dominican I was very skeptical. I thought maybe I was hearing about a freak occurrence or a story that was blown out of proportion. But, then I heard another story...and another. All of them about machete fights. Not just one person with a machete attacking some unarmed person either, these were stories of two people wielding machetes. Two people dueling with real, live swords.

Then, I actually went there and met people who had been in machete fights and had the scars to prove it. When I heard of these stories, I immediately thought of the ancient Samurai of Japan who often dueled to the death.

At the heart of the martial arts was real life-and-death combat. In the case of swords and dueling, this information is very old because nobody has been in sword fights for ages. At least that's what many people thought.

Sword fights do happen in the modern world. They happen in the Caribbean...in Latin America...specifically in a place called the Dominican Republic. This isn't the same Dominican Republic that tourists often see. These fights happen in the neighborhoods and countryside rarely ever seen by the non-local. The following are accounts of modern-day sword fights, fights involving the Machete Fighters of the Dominican Republic.
This is the only book ever written about this obscure, rare and unspoken topic.

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When I published, "From Machete Fights to Paradise, the Machete Fighters of the Dominican Republic" back in 2012 I knew it would be a controversial book. Just how controversial, I wasn't sure. But, I knew it would cause a stir. Well, it definitely has and people are talking. I wrote the book because I believed the Dominican Republic deserved to be put on the martial arts map, so to speak. Through my research, I discovered it is one of the last places in the world where people actually duel with real, live swords. Being a long-time martial artist I had to look into this more. Why does it happen? Where does it happen (what parts of the country)? Why doesn't anyone in the martial arts world know about this? I attempted to answer these questions and tell the stories of different duels in the Dominican in my book. It is a cultural study, and a study to get the Dominican recognized for its martial arts prowess.Sword fights do not look like the movies. Martial arts that focus on the sword often become sanitized over time. Sword duels are barbaric and chaotic. It is a struggle between life and death. No matter how skilled you are, they are an extremely dangerous affair. For cultural reasons men (and sometimes women) still duke it out with real swords in the Dominican. Some are untrained, while others are highly skilled sword fighters few would ever want to willingly cross paths with.-Daniel DiMarzio

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