The Canary Islands have their own indiginous form of wrestling, the Spanish version of the name is lucha canaria, literally meaning "Canarian fighting".
It has an ancient tradition, thought to have begun from the Guanches, Tenerife's original inhabitants, who brought it over from North Africa. Thereafter, the style developed its own set of rules and, today, most closely resembles the style of wrestling practised in Senegal.
The first record of the wrestling techniques dates back to 1420. Since the Spanish Conquest, this indiginous sport has become part of Tenerife folk tradition.
|The rules of the sport were officially laid down in 1872, then, in the mid-20th century, federations of wrestling began to be formed. Today, Spain boasts a National Federation and there are quite often inter-island matches.|
Lucha Canaria is fought within a large sand circle, called a terrero and the objective is simply to force part of your opponents body (other than the feet) onto the sand. When you have accomplished this twice, you win the round.
The complete match ends when all members of one team have been defeated.
As the main technique is to unbalance your opponent, to get him down onto the sand, there are certain strict rules as to what is allowed and what isn't.
Mañas, or Moves - what is allowed
There are three permitted moves:
Moves Not Allowed
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