Basics about the traditional mud wrestling in India (Part 2)

Jayant Babu, a former wrestler, who now owns a dairy factory in Mumbai, recalls: “In the past, we were instructed to practice mainly with traditional and very manual exercises with the Homemade tools such as carts, rolling wheels, wiring machines, banana plantations.”

These movements are thought to be circus techniques, but they are very effective during the competition. Every part of the body is fully impacted so we’re very flexible. Today, young athletes are so dependent on the exercises that are attached to machines and the gym so they are not as skillful as before”.

Each practitioner must spend between 3 thousand and 4 thousand rupees (about 80 USD) to pay the trainer, food, clothing and monthly medical expenses. Even so, people still came to participate in the practice. Every day, both teachers and students about 30 people from 5 to 30 years old avidly practice from morning to night.

Mud wrestling is not just a sport but one of ways for young people to preserve their traditional lifestyle. In addition, its “fighting” skills also prove useful if an athlete wants to switch to wrestling on a normal carpet in international competitions. Like the Birasdar athletes who won gold at the Commonwealth Games in 1970 and the 1972 Summer Olympics.

Recently, Ravindra Patil won the Asian Youth Wrestling Championship, etc. They are people from mud wrestling athletes. It is a great encouragement for those who are suffering day and night with this traditional sport.

Recently, however, the Indian government has voiced abolition of mud wrestling. Of course, this decision has encountered strong reactions from many sides.

The Indian state’s lack of interest in traditional martial arts has been criticized. Indian people consider this sport a unique feature of the country, one of the criteria for protecting traditional culture, improving the health of the younger generation.