This year Kazakhstan marks 145 years since birth of legendary Kazakh wrestler Kazhymukan Munaitpasov. The village near Astana, named after the famous wrestler, has had a social celebration. A new play about legendary Kazhymukan Munaitpasov was premiered on the local stage.

 

AIBAT SEITEN, WRESTLER:

When we were kids, we dreamed of being like our famous wrestlers such as Kazhymukan Munaitpasov and Baluan Sholak. This dream was common for many Kazakh boys. Nowadays, we try to be like them in real life, because they both wrestled and lived with honesty and integrity.

 

To honor the ‘hero of the Kazakh steppes’, many championships and competitions are held across the country. Thousands of children grow up and, dream to be famous and win gold medals in sports. For instance, Sergey Tsyrulnikov recognizes himself as a successor and continuator of the Kazakh wrestling tradition. He has been engaged in this sport for 12 years. There are a few athletes left who give circus performances and do stunts to mesmerize audiences in villages and remote areas, just like Kazhymukan did many years ago.

 

SERGEY TSYRULNIKOV, KAZAKH TRADITIONAL WRESTLER:

Kazhymukan Munaitpasov was not only a champion, but also was an artist who gave performances in villages. Unfortunately, this tradition was later lost in Kazakhstan. And, I consider it as my duty to revive this tradition as much as possible. I will continue performing traditional stunts on smaller stages.

 

Kazhymukan Munaitpasov traveled the villages during the Second World War. Despite his old age, he used to gather full houses in circus arenas and raise up to 100 thousand rubles per show. He donated this money to create a military aircraft U-2, which later completed more than 200 operational flights in WWII.

 

MEDET MAKUOV, RESIDENT OF KAZHYMUKAN VILLAGE:

Today I brought my son to this celebration so that he learned about our great wrestler from his childhood. The great Kazakh wrestler had a hard challenging life, but he never gave up and moved forward.

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