Tree wrestling players compete on a fixed, flat and non-slippery platform 2 meters long and 30 cm above the ground. Players sit face to face on this platform and place their legs on a piece of wood made of black pine, standing upright on the ground.

 

Tree wrestling is a tradition that dates back to ancient times. Cultural sources say that all young Yakuts must have certain characteristics in order to become a real man and warrior. This sports gives strength, quickness of the hand, rapidity, endurance, courage and strength of life to provide physical and spiritual features to the individual.

 

Tree Wrestling, or Stick Pulling in other words, is a Yakut national sport. Although it may seem simple at first glance, it is actually a unique sport. Tree wrestling is the only combat sport where contestants don't contact, shaking and throwing each other.