Country Of Origin: Brazil



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Huka-huka fight during a Kuarup ceremony
Focus grappling
Hardness contact sport
Country of origin Brazil

Huka-huka is a Brazilian folk wrestling style of the indigenous people of Xingu, in the state of Mato Grosso. It is performed as a ritual fight during the ceremony of Kuarup.[1]



Huka-huka starts with the participants on their knees. It begins when the owner of the fight, a male chief, walks to the center of the arena and calls his opponents by name. The fighters kneel rotating clockwise in a circle facing the opponent, until they look at each other and cling, trying to lift the opponent and knock him to the ground[2] The fight is performed by either men and women.[3]

Huka huka as a martial art

Huka huka is being introduced, experimentally, in the formation of São Paulo State Military Police.[4] The fight is also being studied by mixed martial arts practitioners.[5]

References Smith, Margaret Ann. The Indians of the Xingu:Cultural Homogenization in the Amazon Rainforest. Retrieved July 16, 2012 2013-08-04 at the Wayback MachineFUNAI. Retrieved in July 16th,2006 Female Single Combat Club. Wrestling “Huka-Huka” in the Amazon rainforest. Retrieved in July 16th, 2012 Polícia Militar ajuda a difundir luta milenar indígena Blog da Polícia Militar do Estado de São Paulo (in Portuguese) Retrieved in July 16th 2012

  1. Retrieved in July 16th 2012

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