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Wrestling

Bariqu Wrestling

Bariqu Wrestling was a major martial art original of the Ujik-hai nomads of the Burning Sands. It came to the Empire along the Moto family. [1] It was focused on throwing the opponent, rather than driving him out of a ring, and made heavy use of joint-locks and paralyzing holds. [2]

Origins Edit

The lack of resources and the necessity to survive as a group, made the Bariqu Wrestling a means of challenging one's leaders without open combat between competing individuals or factions. Wrestlers wore a metal-studded, sleeveless leather top, white pants, and sturdy riding boots. In previous ages, the wrestlers often went bare-chested. [1]

Style Edit

Bariqu was a recreational form of ritualized combat, after it lost its original purpose as a means of challenging a tribal leader. It was a grappling art with low, rapid attacks and grabs. The holds and throws were designed to immobilize and incapacitate an opponent without causing permanent injury. A trained combatant could easily breake bones with little effort. A practitioner of bariqu stayed low to the ground, slowly circling his opponent while looking for an opportunity to begin a grapple. The traditional style maintained a crude ring, and the first to be knocked to the ground or pushed from the ring was declared the loser. [1]

Training Edit

Training began during childhood, a common pastime among both children and adolescent, the first combat style they prepared for their gempukku. Wealthy lords or patrons sponsored Bariqu athletes, traveling around the provinces in a series of tournaments. [3]

  • A beginning student was taught the traditional means of immobilizing a foe through painful holds.
  • Intermediate students learned the essentials of forcing an opponent backward once they had grappled them.
  • Advanced artists could maneuver opponents held in a grapple with great ease, and could deal great damage with punishing joint locks.
  • An expert learned to redouble their efforts, wringing success even from the most daunting failures.
  • A mastero could, with a successful hold, immobilize an opponent with a combination of sheer strength and expert manipulation.

Known Advanced Maneuvers Edit

Known Technique Edit

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Way of the Open Hand, p. 83
  2. Book of Earth, p. 193
  3. Way of the Open Hand, p. 84


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