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Malla-yuddha (Devanagari: मल्लयुद्ध,Tamil:மல்யுத்தம் malyutham, Thai: มัลละยุทธ์ mạllayutṭh̒, Telugu: మల్ల యుద్ధం, Kannada: ಮಲ್ಲಯುದ್ಧ, Bengali: মল্লযুদ্ধ) is the traditional South Asian form of combat-wrestling created in what is now India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. It is closely related to various Southeast Asian wrestling styles such as naban and is the ancestor of kusti.
Malla-yuddha incorporates grappling, joint-breaking, biting, choking and pressure point striking. Matches were traditionally codified into four types which progressed from purely sportive contests of strength to actual full-contact fights known as yuddha.

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Wrestlers train and fight in a traditional arena or akhara. Matches take place in a clay or dirt pit, thirty feet across and either square or circular in shape. The soil of the floor is mixed with various ingredients, including ghee. Before training, the floor is raked of any pebbles or stones. Water is added approximately every three days to keep it at the right consistency; soft enough to avoid injury but hard enough so as not to impede the wrestlers' movements. Wrestlers begin each session by flattening the soil, an act which is considered both a part of endurance training and an exercise in self-discipline.
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Wrestlers practicing in Akhara


Warm-up session of Pehlwans


Warm up session for little wrestlers, before Kushti wrestling


Warm up session before Kushti


Kushti - traditional Indian wrestling


Rope climbing at Akhara before Kushti practice


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