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Focus Grappling
Country of origin  Myanmar
Parenthood Malla-yuddha
Olympic sport No
Fauchage hanche naban.jpg

Naban (Burmese: နပန်း, pronounced: [nəbáɴ]) is the traditional form of wrestling from Myanmar. Originally based on Indian wrestling,[1] it is practiced primarily in rural areas. Naban is especially popular among the Himalayan tribes. The Chin and Kachin people are both known for their skilled wrestlers.[1] Techniques include joint locks, strikes to pressure points, and chokeholds. Any part of the opponent's body is a legal target.

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  1. ^ a b Donn F. Draeger and Robert W. Smith (1969). Comprehensive Asian Fighting Arts. Kodansha. ISBN 978-0-87011-436-6.