Every Commandant of the Marine Corps has three things in common: they’re hardcore grunts, they love Marines like their own sons and daughters, and they’re fitness nuts.
Gen. Robert Neller happens to be an avid rugby fan, as well. Because of that, Neller wanted to invite one of those ubiquitous teams – in this case, the All Black New Zealand National Rugby Union Team – for a visit.
The purpose of the visit was to share their mental and physical fitness practices. Among those practices, there is something the New Zealand National Rugby Union Team does in a very particular way: the haka.
The haka is a traditional ancestral war cry, dance or challenge from the Māori people of New Zealand.
It is a posture dance performed by a group, with vigorous movements and stamping of the feet with rhythmically shouted accompaniment.
What they didn’t expect was that the Marines were ready to show their own haka in return.
It goes without saying that it was a tremendous visit with a great deal of success.