Combat Hopak

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Combat Hopak
Also known asБойовий гопак, Boyovyi Hopak, Boyovyy Hopak
HardnessFull contact, Semi contact, Light contact
Country of originUkraine Ukraine
CreatorVolodymyr Pylat
Famous practitionersKateryna Tarnovska ( founder of Asgarda )
ParenthoodHopak and other traditional Ukrainian dances, Ukrainian folk wrestling, Ukrainian fistfighting, Cossack combat
Descendant artsAsgarda
Olympic sportNo

Combat Hopak ( also Boyovyy Hopak, Boyovyi Hopak from Ukrainian Бойовий гопак ) is a cossack martial art from Ukraine. It was systematised and codified in 1985 by Volodymyr Pylat (descendent of Cossack family from western Ukraine). It could be trained in light, semi and full contact formulas. Combat Hopak includes techniques of traditional Ukrainian folk fist fighting, folk wrestling, cossack sabre fencing) and cossack war dances like Hopak and Metelycia.[1][2][3]


In Ukraine, schools of Combat Hopak are present in most parts of country. Students of this martial art take part in tournaments in cossack free fighting, kickboxing, wrestling and MMA formulas in Ukraine.

Outside Ukraine[edit]

It has schools in Poland,[4][5][6] Canada,[7] the USA,[8] Germany[9] , Portugal[10]

Subtypes of Combat Hopak[edit]

Combat Hopak can be trained in 4 ways:

  • Оздоровчий (Fitness) — as a form of gymnastics for health improvement
  • Фольклорно-мистецький (Theatrical) — preparations of forms for stage shows and presentations
  • Спортивний (Sport) — as regular contact sport for kickboxing, wrestling and MMA sport tournaments
  • Бойовий (Combat) — military grade hand-to-hand and weapon combat.

Systems - descendants of Combat Hopak[edit]


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