Kurash is a style of wrestling whose roots may be traced back some 3500 years. There are many references to Kurash throughout history including those of the ancient Greek philosopher Herodotus and the Bukharan Avicenna, the father of modern medicine. It is well documented that Amir Timur, better known in the west as Tamerlane, trained his troops in Kurash when establishing his enormous empire across Central Asia and Persia in the 14th century.

Until very recently Kurash was confined to the boundaries of Central Asia, centred in those territories now comprising modern Uzbekistan. However, since Uzbekistan’s independence in 1991 it has rapidly spread worldwide. At the time of writing no less than 117 countries, including the UK, are members of the International Kurash Association.

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