The Haitian Machete Fencing Project

Haitian machete fencing is a functional martial art with deep roots in Haitian history. Our project is dedicated to promoting and teaching this system worldwide, under the tutelage of master fencer Alfred Avril. Founded in 2004, our volunteer team has long-term experience living and working in Haiti, and now facilitates annual training programs with Mr. Avril in and around the city of Jacmel. 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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