Kung Fu Quest IV: Venture into Central Asia (Kurash, Judo)

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Kung Fu Quest IV: Venture into Central Asia (Kurash, Judo)

Postby marvin8 on Tue Nov 03, 2020 2:18 pm

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Oct 25, 2020

At the heart of the Silk Road and in the territory of today’s Uzbekistan lies an extensive oasis, which is surrounded by deserts and high mountains. Not only was it an inevitable path for merchants and travellers to go back and forth the East and West in the ancient times, it was also a place of strategic importance. Meanwhile, this place gave birth to Kurash, an archaic type of wrestling. When playing Kurash, speed and strength are particularly important. Players have to keep changing their throwing actions in order to distract the opponent, and then throw the opponent on the ground on their back in just a split-second.

Amir TIMUR, a formidable warlord who rose to power in the 14th century, conquered the whole Middle Asia, Middle East and North India. It is said that he trained his soldiers using Kurash. In the 19th century, the Russian Empire took control of Uzbekistan. The Russians absorbed the fighting techniques of Kurash and created Sambo. During the Soviet Union era, Sambo was vigorously promoted whilst the development of Kurash was suppressed. Nonetheless, the Uzbekistanis insisted on passing Kurash on by word of mouth and teaching in person. In this way, the traditional techniques, battle rules and philosophy of the sport were inherited from one generation to another. Uzbekistan became independent following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1990. Not until then was Kurash brought to light again. It was later included as a medal sport for the first time at the 2018 Asian Games.

Two Judo masters from Hong Kong and Macao travelled deep into Uzbekistan and visited three historical cities of the country: Samarkand, Bukhara and Tashkent. Surmounting obstacles like language, culture, climate, etc., they went from the modern training centres for members of the Kurash national team to prairies in the rural areas to learn the sport from Kurash players.

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Re: Kung Fu Quest IV: Venture into Central Asia (Kurash, Judo)

Postby Trick on Wed Nov 04, 2020 1:03 am

Cultures around the world have their style of wrestling. The main ruleset for most folk wrestling styles is that the bout is “lost” if one is thrown to the ground(being the first to hit the ground), there are no ground work...I’ll guess this form of wrestling has its roots out of large scale battlefield combat situations..... in the modern judo and GJJ sport as examples one can afford to go down crawling and hugging on the mat...

Here’s an story of an great Glima Master who took on judo and boxing guys in the best Legendary TCMartist manner.....(the Glima wrestlers of today are still pretty strong)
https://www.cagesideseats.com/2012/11/1 ... of-iceland
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Re: Kung Fu Quest IV: Venture into Central Asia (Kurash, Judo)

Postby nicklinjm on Wed Nov 04, 2020 6:10 pm

Really nice documentary, thanks for sharing
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