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Thursday, August 28, 2014

IS KABADDI GRAPPLING? SORT OF. IT'S DEFINITELY BADASS!


I'm claiming close to total, if not total, ignorance here.  I know very little about Kabaddi, other than it's an ancient Indian game that involves wrestling like throws and takedowns and what looks very much like a handball court-type field (we don't have that in the US either).  And, it's fu*king incredible.

OK.  I know bit more than that.  It's complicated.  It involves inhaling and holding your breath and then "raiding" the other team's territory to get points by tagging other players.  In the process you could easily get taken down hard.  It looks gnarly and it's definitely a kind of the crazy-ass grappling game we could grow to love.  Too bad no one plays here in the US (and probably most have never heard of it).  Check out a video created by the Wall Street Journal recently on the Kabaddi "craze."  Then watch some recent World Kabaddi League action.

The world is awesome.





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