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Country of originGeorgia (country) Georgia
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Khridoli (Georgian: ხრიდოლი) is an eclectic martial art from Georgia.[1] It consists of five components, namely khardiorda (wrestling), krivi (boxing), p'arikaoba (fencing), rkena (throws and grabs also seen in Sambo and judo), and archery.[2]

Historically, khridoli was a name of one-handed boxing, especially popular in old Tbilisi as documented by the writer Ioseb Grishashvili in his historical dictionary of the city. In one type of khridoli dueling, the challenger had to fight with one hand tied, while the challenged man had a privilege to use both of his hands. After Georgia became independent of the Soviet Union, a revived interest in old martial arts led to the foundation of Khridoli Federation in 1993.[3][4] In 2014, khridoli, along with lelo burti, a local variant of rugby, was inscribed by the government of Georgia as a "nonmaterial monument" of culture.[5]


  1. ^ Auzias, Dominique; Jean-Paul Labourdette (2008). Le Petit Futé Géorgie. Petit Futé. p. 113. ISBN 978-2-7469-2153-5.
  2. ^ Shapiro, Dan (2015-02-13). "Khridoli, Georgian Martial Arts, and the Arrival of Levan Makashvili | FIGHTLAND". Retrieved 2015-03-04.
  3. ^ "ხრიდოლი [khridoli]". Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia (in Georgian). 2008. Archived from the original on 1 May 2016. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Working Lives Georgia". BBC News. 21 June 2013. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  5. ^ Kalatozishvili, Georgy (16 April 2014). "Khridoli and leloburti are nonmaterial monuments of Georgia". Vestnik Kavkaza. Retrieved 1 May 2016.