The Haitian Machete Fencing Project

Haitian machete fencing is a functional martial art with deep roots in Haitian history. Founded in 2004, our project has been dedicated to promoting and teaching this system worldwide, under the tutelage of master fencer Alfred Avril. We are very sad to say that Mr. Avril passed away on December 1st. The future of our project will depend on the ability of his sons to take up the mantle. We will keep you informed as we sort things out this coming summer. Over the years, we have produced numerous YouTube videos documenting Mr. Avril’s practice, and facilitated the production of the documentary film Papa Machete, which recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Beyond our in-country training programs and media outreach efforts, we are available to conduct workshops on traditional Haitian fencing worldwide.

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