Many cultures, both rural and urban, have a tradition of 'counting coup'. This is the custom of delivering what could have been a fatal blow to an enemy, but with a harmless and symbolic 'weapon', such as a 'sword' of thin wood which is designed to break.
This custom must be distinguished from various kinds of mock-battle in which neither participant uses a real weapon.
Successfully counting coup on an enemy humiliates them, and raises the status of the warrior. It also puts the defeated one in the victor's debt.