Mongolian wrestling is a martial art and a traditional style of Folk wrestling that has been practiced in Mongolia for nearly 7,000 years.
It is considered on of the “Three Manly Sports” along with horsemanship and archery.
Wrestling matches are held in the open on a grassy field, or on bare dirt. There are no weight classes. The object of a match is to get an opponent to touch his back, knee or elbow to the ground by using a variety of throws, trips and lifts (mekh).
Today. the most dangerous locking and breaking techniques are banned.
The ancient Mongol martial arts was devastatingly powerful.
Mongolian wrestling is very offense-minded. A Mongolian wrestler is either attacking or pretending to yield to set up a counter-attack. The style does not prefer a particular stance because unpredictability is considered a large asset and stance can yield predictability of movement. The main objective in Mongolian wrestling is to take the opponent’s legs out from under him and take his balance and base of power away. The best way of doing this is to trap the arm and use it as a lever to manipulate the body to move in a certain direction.
While jiu-jitsu is a style that thrives on the ground and in submission grappling, Mongolian wrestling emphasizes that a fighter should never go to the ground by choice. Once the opponent is knocked down, he should be disabled. The other tactic was that a restraining hold should never be applied without a strike preceding it. Mongolian wrestling preferred ridge-hands and palm heel strikes instead of traditional punches as well as leg seizing, body locking, and hooking.
Grandmaster Villari integrates Mongol neck locks, back breaks, and throws into his fighting art at very advanced levels.