Multimedia Monday: Trad. Wrestling Videos from Around the World
You love wrestling and since this week’s news cycle re: traditional wrestling was a bit slower, I thought we could embed a few videos that have been forwarded to me over the past few months. Some are missing rules explanation, but they do a great job of showcasing the various styles from around the globe.
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India/Pakistan Kushti: The majority of good YouTube video re: Kushti comes from Indo/Pak, though several other countries, such as Iran and Iraq, also enjoy a powerful Kushti (Koshti) tradition.
Traditional Georgian wrestling (Chidaoba) is similar to Mongolian Bukh, sporting an open breasted jacket. However, the colors of the jerseys, rules of the match, competition surface and 80-percent of the remaining outfit are different. It’s impossible to know with 100-percent certainty if the Georgians adapted anything from the Mongolians during their rule in the 13th and 14th centuries – I’l love to hear from anyone who has more perspective on the reasoning for the traditions we see here.
Dau vat, Vietnamese wrestling. This video shows the shortened dance, but incredible action. Feet off the ground and you lose, sucka. Also, I *think* there is a way to finish on the ground, maybe by finishing a double, or pinning your opponents hip to the ground.
My new favorite traditional style comes from the Canary Islands, the Spanish-held archipelago off the coast of northwest Africa. Lucha Canaria: Check it out. Big dudes, great technique and lots of fan enjoyment. H/T Gavin