North America

Lucha Rarámuri (Mexico)

  • Name of sport (game): Lucha Raramuri
  • Name in native language: Lucha Rarámuri
  • Place of practice (continent, state, nation):

    The Tarahumara Wrestling is a traditional and indigenous struggle of the state of Chihuahua, in the Mexican Republic, which is practiced as an indigenous entertainment game within popular folklore.

  • Description:

    This sport is practiced by men and women, being able to be the pairs of fighters of a mixed combat. The opponents grab the waist or the belt, with the intention of lifting and knocking the opponent, with their backs to the ground, although it is also valid to do it to one side. When the girdle is grasped, the arms are crossed and the fight begins, trying to knock down the opponent, while avoiding falling. Finally, the strongest or most skillful wins, since although it is an eminently force discipline, the technique has a lot to say. The most important rules are the following: It is not allowed to use tricks to lift the opponent, tripping is not valid, it can be thrown by lifting it (Chokeslam) or projecting it to the side. The winner is the one who defeats his opponent in 2 of 3 falls.

  • Current status:

    It is practiced at the patron saint festivals, especially at Easter in which the Pharisees fight against the Jews (Moors). The Jews walk in one group and the Pharisees in another. If in the course of these days they meet, they fight among themselves, and then continue their journey.


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