Kazakhstan Soldier Claims World Championship Title in Jiu-Jitsu

In the battle for the gold medal, Merkhat Tuyakov defeated an athlete from the Russian Federation.

27/11/2023 - 10:25

The serviceman from the Abai garrison emerged victorious in matches against athletes from Russia, Brazil, Uruguay, the United Arab Emirates, Iran, and South Korea, as reported by Sarbaz.kz.

The title of world champion was achieved by the junior sergeant Merkhat Tuyakov of the military unit 28738 of the Abai garrison in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, during an international jiu-jitsu tournament.

Throughout the world championship, Merkhat Tuyakov left no room for doubt among his opponents. Competing in the 85-kilogram weight category, the Kazakh athlete engaged in seven bouts, securing convincing victories in each one. On the tatami, he faced athletes from Russia, Brazil, Uruguay, the United Arab Emirates, Iran, and South Korea, prevailing over all.

He decisively defeated four opponents and outscored the remaining three to claim the gold medal by beating an athlete from the Russian Federation.

Merkhat Tuyakov has been practicing jiu-jitsu for five years. However, this competition marks his first entry into an event of this level. Previously, he was involved in freestyle wrestling and hand-to-hand combat.

Jiu-jitsu, a traditional and national form of Japanese wrestling, is renowned as a cornerstone in Eastern martial arts. The fundamental principle of jiu-jitsu involves avoiding direct confrontation, not resisting, but rather yielding to pressure and redirecting the opponent's actions until they find themselves trapped. The Japanese term "jiujutsu" translates to "the art of softness." Recently, the number of servicemen engaging in this sport has been increasing.

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