Asia

Naban (Myanmar)

Name of sport (game): Naban
Name in native language: Burmese: နပန်း
Place of practice (continent, state, nation):

Naban is especially popular among the Himalayan tribes. The Chin and Kachin people are both known for their skilled wrestlers.

Description:

Originally based on Indian wrestling, it is practiced primarily in rural areas. Techniques include joint locks, strikes to pressure points, and chokeholds. Any part of the opponent's body is a legal target.

Mossara taban (Saudi Arabia)

Name of sport (game): Mossara taban
Place of practice (continent, state, nation):

Saudi Arabia

Mazanderani (Iran)

Name of sport (game): Mazanderani, also Mazendarani
Place of practice (continent, state, nation):

Iran

Moulapta (Saudi Arabia)

Name of sport (game): Moulapta
Place of practice (continent, state, nation):

Saudi Arabia

Nara (India)

Name of sport (game): Nara
Place of practice (continent, state, nation):

India

Mushe or Chinese Fifteen-pin Bowling (China)

Name of sport (game): Mushe or Chinese Fifteen-pin Bowling
Name in native language: Mushe - 木射
Place of practice (continent, state, nation):

China

History:

More than 2000 years, since Tang dynasty.

Description:

Mushe, a sport that became popular during the Tang dynasty, also called “Chinese Fifteen-pin Bowling”. The goal of the game is to knock down the pins positioned in the distance using a rolling wooden ball.
The rules and methods of the game are illustrated very carefully and skilfully on the painting “Fifteen-pin Bowling Picture” by Lu Bing created during the Tang dynasty.

picture of Lu Bing

Rules:
• The game usually took place in a spacious room, with fifteen pins resembling bamboo shoots, arranged in parallel at the end of the room. The pins were painted red and black, while ten of them were inscribed with words, in red, representing positive values: Kindness, Justice, Politeness, Ration, Honesty, Gentleness, Goodness, Respect, Thrift and Modesty; while the remaining five pins were inscribed with words, in black, representing negative values: Haughtiness, Superciliousness, Sycophancy, Avarice and Abuse.
• The participants were to throw a wooden ball (usually from the distance of 6 to 10 metres) in the direction of the pins in order to knock them. Knocking the pins inscribed with red words resulted in scoring one point, while knocking the pins inscribed with black words resulted in losing one point.
• The game consists of three sets, giving the participants three chances (three balls) during each set.
• The participants can play the game in a one on one match formula or two on two match formula.
• The winner is decided upon getting the highest score. If there is a draw, an extra-time is added to the match. During the extra-time, the participants play set after set until one of them wins.
• The game is suitable for people of all ages.

Current status:

unprofessional sport

Importance (for practitioners, communities etc.):

The game has integrated China traditional ethics, which is the main feature of China traditional sports as well as the chief characteristic of the Fifteen-pin Bowling.

Contacts:

19 North Tianmu Rd,Tong Shan Ban Dao,
Anji,Zhejiang Province,China 313300
Contact Person:Zhu Qian (as a volunteer)
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Musti Yuddha (India)

Name of sport (game): Musti Yuddha
Place of practice (continent, state, nation):

India

History:

"Mukki Boxing." This brutal form of bare hand fighting devoid of leg techniques existed for some three hundred and fifty years in the Benares (India) prior to being officially banned. It then went underground in its practice. It is alleged to have experienced a revival from the most unlikely of benefactors, the British Police Chief. Multiple opponent bouts were often held although this has given way to the more common individual bout. Few rules exist and one may target any point on the body save the genitals. Deaths within these contests are reputed to be numerous. Mukki Boxers are known for their extreme emphasis on hand conditioning, and a well trained boxer can shatter a coconut with a blow.

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