(HBO) - At the 7th Sports Congress in Lac Son district held in July 2022, Mang fighting the Muong ethnic group officially became a competition. Previously, the traditional wrestling of Muong ethnic group was included in the competition content from the 6th District’s Sports Congress. This is considered a concrete and practical solution to restore the cultural heritages, responding to the movement "All people do exercises following the great example in the whole area.


The athletes are competing in the traditional wrestling of Muong ethnic people at the 7th Sports Congress of Lac Son district with the spirit of martial arts.

It is often seen that in the early spring festivals ỏ on the happy occasions of villages and hamlets, Mang fighting is a popular folk game and it is rich in art, it can be played by 2 people a large number of people, which are divided into 2 teams. On New Year's Day, the wedding day, Mang yard is busy and crowding. The players passionately perform their talents, while the viewers comment, cheering excitedly. Mang fighting is also a sport training good health. In the steps of the game, the players have to move most of their whole body with ingenuity and sensitivity.

According to Ms.Bui Thi Tham, the director of the district’s Center for Culture, Sports and Information, when it is included in the competition content of the congress, Mang fighting of Muong ethnic group has received the support, participation and encouragement of a large number of people. Women's Mang fighting in the form of team competition, with 8 contents held in 1 half (1 goal), including: bronze throwing; rolling copper plate; sitting shot copper array; the

co-op step (putting the bronze on the instep of the dominant foot and the step taken from above the limit line into the opponent's field); swooping (put the copper plate on the instep of the dominant foot and jump the trigger to the limit line); plowing the ground (putting the copper plate in front of the toe of the dominant foot and using the force of the foot to bring the copper plate to the limit line); jumping (clipping the copper plate between the big toe and jumping right into the opponent's plate); harmonizing (putting the copper plate on the dominant foot and standing at the finish line to make the move to bring the plate to the opponent).

The traditional wrestling the Muong ethnic group has long been considered a folk game with chivalry and high physical consumption. Muong ethnic people in the area also call this sport "de kha”. The traditional wrestling has the following steps: preparation (also known as "bac booc”), the two sides of the opponent step forward to face-to-face, the chin is pressed against the opponent's shoulder, the back is straight, the chest is rubbing against each other, the arms are stretched out to catch the opponent's back according to the principle of "hand in, hand out”. Both hands hold the back of the hand, putting on the opponent's waist belt, one hand firmly grasps the other’s wrist. It is required to force the back to be naturally straight, not to be strained. The two feet next to each other are parallel to the opponent's feet, also following the principle of the outer foot, the inner foot. If one of the two athletes (athletes) has not taken this step, the referee does not allow the competition. The competition step: when the referee blows the whistle to start the match, the two athletes squeeze their arms firmly against the opponent's hip, their feet are shoulder-width apart, their whole body is pressed down, straining on their back muscles, pressing their heads to push the cheeks of the opponent and do clamping and gripping operations to knock the opponent down. Whoever falls to the ground, maybe even thrown to the ground, loses. At Muong ethnic group's traditional wrestling tournament within the framework of the 7th District’s Sports Congress, the men's individual competition content includes 3 weight classes, and the individual competition format took place. The competition rules apply the regulations of Muong ethnic group, each round is played for a maximum of 4 minutes, competing in 3 rounds, winning 2 rounds is the winner. Any athlete who is more than 5 minutes behind the scheduled time is considered to have given up and must accept the loss with a score of 0 - 2.

Also, according to the director of the district’s Center for Culture, Sports and Information, Mang fighting and wrestling of Muong ethnic people are both unique and special sports. The games played on the first day of spring and happy occasions not only enrich the spiritual life, encourage people in production, but they also give them an opportunity to improve their health, transmit the traditional culture, and enrich the national cultural identity.

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