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Matrak is an Bosnian-Ottomancombat sport based on sword and shield fighting. Invented by famous Bosniak statesman of the Ottoman Empire, historian and scientist Nasuh Matrakčija Visočak(full name in Turkish: Nasuh bin Karagöz bin Abdullah el-Bosnavî) in the 16th century. It is played with wooden sticks covered with leather simulating a sword, and a wooden leather covered shield. The top of the sticks are rounded and slightly wider than the body resembling bowling pins. The game is a kind of combat simulation, and is played on a lawn. It was used by Ottoman soldiers as practice for melee combat.
^Jonathan M. Bloom, Sheila Blair. "The Grove encyclopedia of Islamic art and architecture, Vol. 2". Oxford University Press (2009), p. 49; Nasuh Matrakci [Nasuh al-Silahi al-Matraqi; Nasuh ibn Qaragoz ibn 'Abdallah al-Busnawi] (b. Visoko, Bosnia...Missing or empty |url= (help)
^"International Journal of Turkish Studies, vol. 10, issue 1-2". University of Wisconsin (2004), p. 57; The famous Bosnian writer Nasuh Matrakci (d. 1564 in all likelihood) is represented by two manuscripts:...Missing or empty |url= (help)
^Halil İnalcık, Cemal Kafadar. "Süleymân The Second [i.e. the First] and his time". Isis Press (1993), p. 270; Matrakci Nasuh was a devfirme boy from Bosnia trained in the palace school.Missing or empty |url= (help)