BOLI KHELA- BANGLADESH

Also known as “Bali Khela” is a West Asian form of physical combat known as Boli Khela. This “grappling” form of fighting is said to have originated from Bangladesh, and is said to be extremely popular in the city of Chittagong. In fact this form of combat is considered to be one of the oldest cultural traditions to be followed in Chittagong. Furthermore, “Boli Khela” when literally translated means “game of the powerful person”.

a. History/origin of the Boli Khela:

Boli Kela was essentially created by a man called Abdul Jabbar Saodagar during the early 20th century in Bangladesh. The intention behind Saodagar developing this form of combat was to physically prepare the youth to fight the British in the hope of achieving freedom.

b. Weapon used in the Boli Kela:

The “hand” of the wrestler is mainly used as a weapon in this form of physical combat.

c. Technique involved in the Boli Kela and training availability:

In terms of technique, a fighter uses “grappling” techniques to overcome an opponent. In addition, moves such as throws, takedowns, joint locks, pins, and grappling holds are used by the fighter in a bout of Boli Kela. As for training centers/schools, there are none available around the world since this “grappling” form of combat is mainly practiced in Bangladesh.

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