2008, Volume 4, Issue 1

Indian wrestling



Stanisław Tokarski1

1Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland & Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Cracow, Poland


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Abstract

The article is the result of the quest in Indian libraries done in 2005. Invited by Indian Council for Cultural Relations as a visiting scholar, the author had also possibility to meet the Indian wrestlers and stay in the best sport centres in India. He also has some practical experience of the matter derived mainly from judo (5th Dan). He describes the traditional background of Indian wrestling, its links with yoga anatomy, the mythic accounts of legendary wrestler encounters, and ritual connections with sacred festivals. He also analyses the modern Indian wrestling as an ancient sport in transition.


Key words: bujutsu, judo, kalari payatt, kung fu, martial arts, wrestling