Kushti … Briefly
India claims one of the largest and most socially influential traditional wrestling styles in the world. Wrestling takes place in softened earth, where a ghee mixture added to the soil. The wrestlers intent on studying – and at some point competing in front of thousands of fans – are trained by gurus (coaches) in akharas (local wrestling schools) where the wrestlers wake up as early as 4 AM for conditioning work. Wrestlers are also asked to restrict their diets and abstain from sex, cigarettes and alcohol. Like American wrestling it’s partly for healthy training, but also an effort by coaches to keep their athletes focused on the task of winning their next competition.
There are dozens of books about Indian wrestling and hundreds of Web sites, but none is more comprehensive than kushtiwrestling.blogspot.com which gives readers a chance to watch thousands of hours of video and enjoy excellent high-quality photographs.
I’ll post more in a few weeks! The American wrestling season has started which means a day full of rankings and news. And there is that whole business of writing a book …