Russia’s Native Games continued in the Tambov region of central Russia last weekend, with the ancient game of kila a highlight.
In a game thought to date back to the 12th century, teams of three battle it out in a no-holds-barred combination of mixed martial arts, boxing and wrestling. The aim is to place a heavy leather ball in the opposing team’s tyre.
The wrestling element is particularly brutal as chokeholds, punching and fighting are all positively encouraged.
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