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Kurash

Kurash is an ancient type of martial art which originated in the territory of modern Uzbekistan. According to the latest scientific research the age of Kurash is at least three and a half thousand years.

Kurash is an Uzbek word that means – «reaching the goal with the just or fair way». Since its birth till recent times Kurash was used as a martial art and for public entertainment during major holidays, feasts and wedding parties.

Kurash rules prohibit any actions on the floor. Action is allowed only in standing position – there is no groundwork, and only throws and leg sweeps can be used by players. Any techniques using armlock, chocking and kicking, as well as grips below the belt are strictly prohibited. Painful grips, beating and submission holds, blows below the belt are also prohibited but in spite of these rules the matches are very dynamic and exciting.

Quick Facts

  • The first Kurash world senior championship was held in May 1999 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan 
  • The Kurash uniform includes wide white trousers and a loose shirt. An essential part of the uniform is a fabric belt used to hold an opponent
  • Kurash competitions are held on a special mat with thickness of at least 5cm divided in three areas


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