Inbuan Wrestling

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Inuban is a form of wrestling native to the people of Mizoram in India. Inbuan is said to have originated in the village of Dungtland in 1750 A.D. It was recognized as a sport after the Mizo people migrated from Burma to the Lushai Hills.

Inuban involves very strict rules prohibiting kicking, stepping out of the circle and even bending of the knees. The contest is held in a circle 15-16 feet in diameter on carpet or grass. The objective is to lift one’s opponent off his feet while strictly adhering to the rules. The matches are held in three rounds each of 30-60 seconds of duration, the match generally continues till a wrestler either breaks a rule of is lifted off his feet.

Another feature of this form of wrestling is the catch-hold belt worn by the wrestlers around the waist, it has to remain tight all through the game.