What is the Introduction of Sepak Takraw?
Introduction of Sepak Takraw-
The introduction of Sepak Takraw to India’s Indian wrestling scene in the early 1980s was a sea change that brought about an immediate influx of international and domestic fans and brought the art to the forefront in the eyes of people across the world. Takraw is an Arabic word which means “one who takes the head”. It has become associated with wrestling in India since its inception as a sport, but as with most martial arts, it too has taken on a number of different names and can be called various things depending on the country where it originated, such as “Muay Thai”, “Tribal Arts”, “Self-defence”, and even “Muay Thai Wrestling”.
The martial art of Sepak Takraw evolved from the use of Muay Thai, the ancient Thai style of fighting, as an offensive and defensive system. When this martial art was introduced into the Indian subcontinent, it was immediately adopted by Indian wrestlers, because of its unique features of quickness, power and agility.
Unlike its original counterpart, Sepak Takraw wrestling is not a pure fighting art. The main focus of the sport is that of sportsmanship, as it focuses mainly on body movement, technique and strategy. While the basic foundation of the sport remains the same, there are a variety of variations that exist in terms of the style of wrestling used. In addition to the various sportsmanlike techniques that the wrestlers employ in their matches, there is also the aspect of the mental toughness required by the wrestlers.
Some of the styles of Sepak Takraw include Raja, Bikram, Aikido, Tai Chi, and Tae Kwon Do. Each style has its own characteristics of submission wrestling, with different rules and regulations of each type.
In most of the countries, Sepak Takraw wrestling is still considered a martial art, although the introduction of Takraw’s wrestling style brought about a change in this perception, and many countries have recognized it as a sport. Some countries, like Thailand and China, allow wrestling under martial arts sanctioning.
It is important to note that while Sepak Takraw wrestling is widely accepted by most countries as a form of physical and intellectual exercise, it is also recognized for its social value and role as a community in rural India. Many schools are known for teaching this form of wrestling, as it is considered an excellent way to maintain self-discipline and self confidence in local children. As such, many students enroll themselves in these schools and get trained to fight in a way that will enable them to defend themselves and their communities in future confrontations with armed criminals.