Kurash is another traditional wrestling competition known among Uzbeks more than 3000 years. Activity kind seems rather similar to freestyle wrestling, but with different regulations, so bottom wrestling prohibited. Referee stops fighting if sportsman knee will touch ground.  Once his signal, athletes begin fight out starting position. Capturing below waist appears likewise prohibited by rules. Therefore, such struggle type becomes very spectacular.

Kurash can be translated from Uzbek kinds grappling. Such folk marital art existed long time ago. It was mentioned inside some historical books, involving legendary Alpomish epos, which tells about worshipped activities performed among Central Asian people. Pahlavan Mahmud was fabulous fighter off twelve century Khiva. His burial place considered sacred by pilgrims all over Asia.


In 1998 International Kurash Association was established amongst more than 20 countries representatives. Nowadays, Association involves numerous national featuring continental federations within Africa, America, Europe, other states.

Other sports either martial arts involving: football, skiing, boxing, taekwondo are also widespread throughout Uzbekistan tour packages.