Almokabasah (Oman)

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Compressing wrestling, or the so-called local menes, is a form of wrestling games prevalent in the south of the Sultanate of Oman, and is usually played in Dhofar Governorate and parts of eastern Yemen in Al Mahrah Governorate.


The wrestling wrestling appeared between the 18th and 19th centuries in the south of the Sultanate of Oman. In the past, there were few and different means of entertainment and entertainment, in its simplicity and difficulty. Exercising between siblings and friends, each trying to drop the other and grabbing it from the waist belt, wants to fall to the ground and win.


The match begins with both players wearing belts on their belly, around their waist. And each of the players grabs the opponent from the belt and tries to put him on the ground. Piston wrestling is one of the most preferred games for men in the Dhofar Governorate. And the laws recognized in this wrestling in the fullest manner and in the presence of arbitrators and spectators, and when the match ends, the loser and the winner will shake hands with each other, and the loser accepts the loss with a generous chest and a sporting spirit. This is a type of wrestling that is not based on violence, and it aims at honest competition and providing reason and experience on strength, size and societal interconnection as an integral part of the Al-Dhofari Omani culture, and the word “press”, which in Arabic means “squeeze or compress” a person on the ground and in a mountain called Minus or Shinas. "Wrestling consists of several rounds, and wrestling takes place in two rounds in the event of victory. In the event of a tie, one round is added to the discount. There are techniques and techniques that the wrestler must know in order to be able to win. It includes types of tensile and pulling movements and other things that the opponent loses his balance. And there are other defensive or countermeasures and work to surprise the opponent very quickly to drop the goal of the game is that the competitor falls on the ground, and that he is installed on a back in the ground, the match consists of two rounds and in the event of a tie a third round is added.


The win is by dropping the wrestler ground in two out of three rounds, or winning one round and dealing in two out of three rounds.
Calculate winning a strong and direct fall of the wrestler on his back in the ground and the winning wrestler proves the loser in the ground for a few moments. The round is repeated again, the fixation on the ground does not require a long time, just the competitor falls on the back of the other wrestler, it is he who installs in the ground a few seconds on the ground, thus making it easier to distinguish the winner from the loser easily.
The loss is by dropping on the back two out of three rounds or a tie in two rounds and losing one round or by withdrawing from the match for any reason or excluding from the jury in the match for legal or moral reasons or lack of respect for the competitor and the lack of conditions for competitions on him or the escaping from The belt while wrestling or grabbing the wrestler's clothing or body is an explicit violation.

Tie or restart round

In the event of a negative tie in one round and the inability to drop the opponent within the specified time by three minutes for one round, the referee may give one minute as additional time and if there is a tie in two rounds out of three rounds, a negative tie without a 0-0 win or a positive tie a round we meet a round 1-1 The third round will be the decisive round, and if the third round has passed on what is in it with a draw, the victory has not yet been decided, a minute break will be given, then the third round will be returned to the decisive round, and each of the wrestlers will search for the golden opportunity in this round.
If the time allotted for the match ends without a victory, the winner is the one who got the most points possible in favor of the most aggressive wrestler first to attack and has beautiful skills, technology, and superb techniques in wrestling, a clean game that is free of errors and a waste of time.
And in the event that there is no fixation of the competitor, just the fall of the wrestlers with each other or next to each other, or they fall close to each other, or fall apart from one another, or one falls on the abdomen and the second on the back, or falls between them near or far, and there is no fixation of the competitor when the fall in the ground is calculated as a negative fall The round is repeated again and at a new time. As for the victory, it is (issued with the chest / winner’s chest against the loser’s chest and the back of the loser in the ground). This calculates a 100% deserved victory. There is no strong technicalities or techniques that cause this fall to win, the referee re-wrestles again with a new time of 3 minutes.
The fall that is counted as a win, as if the fall was a direct and strong intent in which the technical, the technical and the effort made it 100% win.

Evaluate and calculate points and give warning

The positive point is calculated and the negative point is calculated for the other wrestler :
- Drop the fist off the belt grab Constipation clothing or competitor's body
- Manipulation of the length or width of wearing the belt other than the agreed specifications or harming the competitor with an illegal handle
- Hitting the head or face with the head or face of the opponent while wrestling is standing
- Beating by the shoulder on the opponent's repulsion and face, or hitting the knee in the opponent's body
- Deliberately wasting time in a standing position for a long time and not attacking and trying to shoot down the opponent
- Introducing new and strange unknown movements that violate the standard pistering wrestling rules that may be dangerous for wrestlers.
- Do not speak to the opponent during wrestling in the match
- Ethical problems: lack of commitment and respect for the competitor or referees, and the competitions committee and the public

One of the basic principles in wrestling the traditional press is holding the belt until the end of the match, respecting the competitor, referee instructions, adhering to the sporting spirit in the championship, not manipulating the size and belt of the belt without permissible, as well as controlling the weight and the allowed grip and not introducing new and dangerous movements on the wrestler that contradicts the jury's system and competitions in the Nexus


It is forbidden to hold wrestling matches on solid ground for the safety of players, and that the belts are strong, strong and comfortable for wrestlers, not thin, light or narrow, weak and torn so that the wrestlers are not harmed.
Creating a circle with a diameter of no less than 8 x 8 meters specified for the safety of the wrestlers, because they did not fall in an inappropriate place, and the loss is not required in case of leaving the circle, merely committing to playing in the circle for the sake of safety and not being attached to the wall or the masses or falling in a solid place that might cause the wrestler harm.
This wrestling is practiced in places with high floor safety such as wrestling, karate and judo halls in specialized sports clubs or on the coast and non-rigid sandy places.

Type of clothing and binding belts

Clothing may be a traditional dress or a modern dress such as trousers, shirts and other sportswear with (belts)
Clothes and belts shall be consistent, agreed upon, by the Competitions Committee, the Jury, and the teams, to suit the game and the general taste.

Not binding
- Knee protectors
- Head protectors
- Flat shoes without heels or hoofs
- Dental protectors
- Wearing hand gloves

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Piston wrestling or what is called internationally (belt wrestling) is a widespread type of wrestling in Europe, Asia and Africa, which provides interesting opportunities for the ancient traditional sports of nations and participation in international competitions inside and outside the Sultanate of Oman. In the Sultanate of Oman, we have traditional wrestling wrestling has a number of designations and several patterns In the world the most famous in Asia is called Korish wrestling or Alish wrestling, and in the federal republics of Russia it is called belt wrestling, and in the Korean peninsula is called wrestling serum "called in the Arabic language in the south of the Sultanate of Oman, wrestling wrestling is called the local dialect in Dhofar Governorate (Minus) or (Shinas) And it has several patterns and number of labels in the world, this wrestling deserves support and promotion across the world to introduce the Omani heritage in all parts of the world, and in the past centuries it was practiced pistaching wrestling or shinas in the mountains of Dhofar and its present and show for the purpose of entertainment and competition between friends and gain skills and defense technology, and in Seasons of collective harvest, hunting, frankincense and other community group work in which there is hardship There is a beautiful habit in Dhofar Governorate Assistance is a collective duty of everyone contributing to work and community collective assistance to the individual is usually mandatory and a social duty for everyone in the seasons of agricultural harvest or building and restoration of homes and seasons for fishing sardines and the production of frankincense The men are between a break and rather they work among them a competition and a challenge to entertain and highlight strength and muscle disease will establish a championship Nationwide wrestling wrestling and aggravating one of them the other falls with simple and easy fuel laws, it is today an important cultural element and international sport today it has more than 33 and is recognized in more than 50 countries, sport belt wrestling or pistering wrestling highlights Omani customs and traditions and we have many posts outside The Sultanate is under the umbrella of a private club in the name of the National Struggle Wrestling Association, and in international forums like ours, the Sultanate of Oman is best represented in a number of international championships, and now it is a sport that is growing in popularity all over the world, and there are many demands for its formal inclusion in the International Olympic Games, and today the wrestling wrestling In all its names in the world, it represents a means of rapprochement and friendship between peoples and nations.


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