Alysh – Traditional Kyrgyz belt wrestling.

The roots of alysh stretch way back into the ancient history of Kyrgyzstan. This is considered to be one of the most ancient games of the Kyrgyz people.

Wrestlers wear special green or blue jackets, with white trousers and red belts. At the start, wrestlers rest their heads on the opponent’s shoulder, and then bend forward and grab the opponent’s belt with both hands, putting left hands over right. The main part of the match is held in standing position, and the goal is to pin the opponent down by holding his belt.


ALYSH – national belt wrestling (Kyrgyz Republic)

Composition of the teams –14 people: 12 athletes (6 men and 6 women), 2 coaches.

Athletes older than 18 are allowed to take part in the competitions. The competitions are held among men in the classic style and women in the free styles. In all weight categories a maximum of 1 athlete is allowed from each participating country. Weight categories:
- among men (classic style): up to 60 kg, up to 70 kg., up to 80 kg, up to 90 kg, up to 100 kg, +100 kg;
- among women (free style): up to 55 kg, up to 60 kg, up to 65 kg, up to 70 kg, up to 75 kg, +75 kg.

Competitions are held under the current rules of the World Alysh Federation.

The winner among men in the +100 kg weight category gets the right to take part in the Great Nomad Wrestling.

Download: competition rules of Alysh