KURASH- RUSSIA

Also known as “Kuresh or Koresh” is a Eurasian martial art form known as Kurash. This “grappling” martial art form is said to have originated from Russia/Soviet Union. Furthermore, the wrestlers in this form of combat make use of towels to hold the opponent. In addition, this primary objective of the wrestler in this style of wrestling is to throw the opponent on to the ground. This combat form comprises of a scoring system which includes three components in the form of Halal, Yambosh, and Chala.

a. History/origin of Kurash:

According to the cultural history of the Soviet Union, Kurash is said to have created in the region today known as Uzbekistan. Furthermore, as per research this form of wrestling is said to have existed about three and a half thousand years ago. Apparently, the word “Kurash” belongs to the Uzbek language which when translated means “reaching the goal with the just or fair way”. In addition, this form of wrestling was first mentioned by a Greek philosopher and historian Herodotus in his book titled “Histories”. It is in this book that he states that in Uzbekistan this wrestling style was regularly practiced by the natives. It is also said that this form of combat was also extremely popular in the Central Asian region.

b. Weapon used in the Kurash:

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

c. Technique involved in the Kurash and training availability:

In terms of technique, a wrestler needs to throw the opponent with full force, speed, and control on to the ground. Furthermore, a “Kurash” bout usually starts with a ritual known as “Tazim”. In addition, Tokta is used to pause a duel while, Bekar is used to cancel a point earned during the duel. As for training centers/schools, there are a few available especially in the Uzbekistan for those interested in learning this “grappling” combat form.

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