Malla-yuddha (Devanagari: मल्लयुद्ध,Tamil:மல்யுத்தம்
malyutham, Thai: มัลละยุทธ์ mạllayutṭh̒, Telugu: మల్ల
యుద్ధం, Kannada: ಮಲ್ಲಯುದ್ಧ, Bengali:
মল্লযুদ্ধ) is the traditional South Asian form of combat-wrestling created in what is now India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri
Lanka. It is closely related to various Southeast Asian wrestling styles such as naban and is the ancestor of kusti.
Malla-yuddha incorporates grappling, joint-breaking, biting, choking and pressure point striking. Matches were traditionally codified into four types which progressed from purely
sportive contests of strength to actual full-contact fights known as yuddha.