No Bois Man No Fraid (2013)
Two internationally certified, multi-disciplined, Trinidadian martial artists re-discover their roots in the unique Trinidadian martial art of Kalinda or Stickfighting, and are accepted for mentorship by living legends of the art, as they enter the potentially lethal arena of the Gayelle which to them is a ring of liberation!
Keegan Taylor is in his 20s. He has been a frontline soca singer in the biggest soca bands from Trinidad & Tobago, worked in the oil industry, graduated from university and won multiple medals internationally in karate. Benjamin Rondel is in his 30s, has trained and achieved rank in over 19 martial arts, worked in the oil industry in South and Central America and travelled the world as a certified instructor in martial arts and weapons training. He is the national coach of one of the most successful Mixed Martial Arts & SAMBO teams in the Caribbean. These are rediscovering their roots in the unique Trinidadian martial art of stickfighting, or Kalinda, and have been accepted for mentorship by living legends of the art. No Bois Man No Fraid is their story, and the contemporary retelling of what Benji describes as: “This maybe over 2000 year old art, handed down generation by generation to ensure the survival and protection of the village… for me, the greatest living martial artists I have ever met, who understand tactics, strategy, doctrine, improvised weapons, weaponised combat, blades, stick… Trinidad does have its own martial art.”
Follow Keegan and Benji as they enter the potentially lethal arena of the Gayelle, which to them, is a ring of liberation, “where I am a human being and I deserve to be alive and anybody in this circle I respect because they understand the value of life.”
Feature (78mins) Documentary | Trinidad and Tobago
Directors: Christopher Laird