Re: Traditional English Stick Fighting
Regarding the first clip, allow me to give an Englishman's perspective. It's called Morris Dancing, and it's not taken seriously by anyone other than morris dancers (and only by a minority of them) and perhaps the odd academic.
It's a rural cultural relic, and the best I can do by way of explanation is to describe it as a beer thing. Old-fashioned beer - dark heavy warm ales. In short, it's a laugh.
Hope that clears things up,