Naban

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Naban is a term for the various grappling martial arts of Burma. Techniques include joint locks, strikes to pressure points, and choke holds. Any part of the opponent’s body is a legal target.

Naban is a cousin of similar wrestling arts found in places like Cambodia and Tibet. It was originally based on old Indian styles of wrestling like Malla-yuddha. It became popular in rural areas where it was often performed at festivals alongside Lethwei (Burmese boxing). Today, Naban’s practice is kept up mostly by the tribes of Burma. The Chin, Kachin and Karen have a reputation for their skilled wrestlers.