Huka-huka

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Huka-huka
Huka-huka fight during a Kuarup ceremony
Huka-huka fight during a Kuarup ceremony
Focus grappling
Hardness contact sport
Country of origin Brazil

Huka-huka is a Brazilian folk wrestling style of the indigenous people of Xingu, in the state of Mato Grosso. It is performed as a ritual fight during the ceremony of Kuarup[1]

Rules[edit]

Huka-huka starts with the athletes on their knees. It begins when the owner of the fight, a male chief, walks to the center of the arena and calls his opponents by name. The fighters kneel rotating clockwise in a circle facing the opponent, until they look at each other and cling, trying to lift the opponent and knock him to the ground[2] The fight is performed by either men and women.[3]

Huka huka as a martial art[edit]

Huka huka is being introduced, experimentally, in the formation of São Paulo State Military Police.[4] The fight is also being studied by mixed martial arts practitioners.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.amazon-indians.org/page16.html Smith, Margaret Ann. The Indians of the Xingu:Cultural Homogenization in the Amazon Rainforest. Retrieved in July 16th,2012
  2. ^ http://www.funai.gov.br/indios/jogos/foto_principal/luta_corporal.htm FUNAI. Retrieved in July 16th,2006
  3. ^ http://www.fscclub.com/vidy/huka-e.shtml. Female Single Combat Club. Wrestling "Huka-Huka" in the Amazon rainforest. Retrieved in July 16th, 2012
  4. ^ http://policiamilitardesaopaulo.blogspot.com.br/2011/05/policia-militar-ajuda-difundir-luta.html Polícia Militar ajuda a difundir luta milenar indígena Blog da Polícia Militar do Estado de São Paulo (in Portuguese) Retrieved in July 16th 2012
  5. ^ http://middleeasy.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7099:chael-better-watch-out-anderson-is-training-with-indians-in-upper-xingu&catid=34:organizations. Retrieved in July 16th 2012

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