Wrestling is the oldest form of combat on earth and can be traced back to Ancient Egypt. Africa has a rich tradition of Wrestling and it is practised around the continent in many forms.
In Nigeria, Wrestling goes by various names including ‘Kokowa’ to the Hausa people, ‘Mgba’ to the Igbo tribe, and ‘Gidigbo’ to the Yoruba group. Historically, Wrestling contests took place to mark special occasions such as religious festivals.
In African Warriors Wrestling bouts, competitors employ techniques such as clinching, throws and takedowns.
AFRICAN WARRIORS WRESTLING RULES
A RANGE OF CLINCHING, THROW AND TAKEDOWN TECHNIQUES ARE PERMITTED
NO PUNCHING, KICKING OR ANY KIND OF STRIKES
LASTS FOR A MAXIMUM OF THREE, THREE-MINUTE ROUNDS
WINNER IS THE FIRST TO WIN TWO OF THREE ROUNDS
A ROUND IS IMMEDIATELY WON BY SECURING A TAKEDOWN ON AN OPPONENT
A COMPETITOR’S BACK TOUCHING THE GROUND COUNTS AS A TAKEDOWN
FOULS INCLUDE LOW BLOWS AND UNSPORTSMAN LIKE CONDUCT