Learning about Mullakhamb – a unique sport in India (Part 1)

India is the first Asian country to participate in the Olympic movement. Indian athletes participated in the 1900 Olympics in Paris, where N. Prichard won silver medals in the 200m and 200m obstacles. Since 1920, India has been represented at every Olympic Games.

Indian athletes have achieved excellent results in hockey competitions. The Indian team has participated in 10 Olympic tournaments in this sport and won 7 gold medals, 1 silver and 2 times bronze. Indian athletes participated in the 1964 Winter Olympics, 1968, 1972, 1976. They did not occupy reliable places.

Mullakhamb is an ancient Indian sport created as a complementary exercise to traditional Indian wrestling, but has since evolved into a separate sport. The name is a combination of the words mala (athlete, or healthy person) and khamba (pole). Athletes perform various exercises and yoga while hanging on ropes or on poles. They say this not only develops a healthy and strong body, but also strengthens their wills and minds.

What do you think of young Indians doing at night for free? Never guess! And she does an interesting sport! Mullakhamb is a vivid example of how a specific exercise in wrestling is transformed into an independent sport. It is worth dividing the word “Mall Mallakhamb” into two parts, and you will understand the meaning. Mala means Muslim athlete, or strong, and Khamba means extremely famous people.

There is even such a type of yoga – “Mallakhamb.” All asanas in it are done on a wooden pole. They say such exercise not only enhances health and body, but also develops intelligence and willpower.

There are several types of Mallakhamb. In each form, several auxiliary bullets were used. The most common is mullahamb on a pillar. To do this, the wooden pole is firmly fixed in the ground or on the platform. In choosing a tree, two factors need to be considered: strength and fineness.

Usually a teak tree is chosen. The height of the column is 2 m. 25 cm. Its circumference at the base is 55 cm, in the middle – 45 cm and at the top end – 30 cm. The neck height is 20 cm and its circumference is 15 cm, the crown radius is 13 cm. and these dimensions may vary, depending on the age and preparation of the speaker.