NICKNAME: The Pride of India
BIRTHPLACE:Mysore, Karnataka, India
HOMETOWN:Mysore, Karnataka, India
HEIGHT: 6′ (183 cm)
WEIGHT: 305 lbs (138 kg)
CHEST: 56″
WAIST: 48″
ARMS: 18″
AGE: 31

STYLE: Pehlwani (Nada Kushti), Freestyle Wrestling, Greco-Roman Wrestling
He also cross trains in Judo and Jujitsu.

Pehlwani (kushti)

  • Champion of India (Rustam-i-Hind) since he is 15 years old.
  • Undefeated for more than 15 years.

Freestyle Wrestling (-125 kg)

  • Olympic Games: 1 Gold (age 26); 2 Silver (age 22, 30); 6th place (age 18)
  • World Championships: 5 Gold (age 20, 23, 24, 25, 27)
  • Commonwealth Games: 3 Gold (age 20, 24, 28)
  • Commonwealth Championships: 4 Gold (age 21, 23, 25, 27)
  • Asian Games: 2 Gold (age 24, 28); 1 Silver (age 20)
  • Asian Championships: 5 Gold (age 19, 20, 21, 23, 24)
Greco-Roman Wrestling (-130 kg)
  • Olympic Games: AC (age 22)
  • Asian Games: 1 Silver (age 20)
  • Commonwealth Championships: 1 Silver (age 23)
6 World Level Championships

Veritable exploits considering the lack of funding, support and proper training in India. 
Retired at the age of 30 after his last Olympic games.


  • Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award (India’s highest honour given for achievement in sports) at the age of 26.

CATEGORY: Natural & Raw
RELIGION: Hinduism

  • Came from a long lineage of Indian wrestlers. His family’s Akharas / Garadi mane (training school) is etablished since 1925. 
  • His father was the Champion of India for several years and he became the most successful wrestling patron / guru (trainer / manager) in the entire India.
  • His father initiated him at wrestling as soon as he was able to walk.
  • As a child, Pahelwani was, and still is, his one and only pursuit.
  • Lives in his father’s akhara and trains full-time since the tender age of 4. Education and wealth means nothing to him and his family.
  • Totally devoted to a life in the akhara since he commited his life to training and exercise. Being supported by his entire village, he never had to work.
  • Immovable object and irresistible force.


  • 6 ft tall and very stong, relatively short and squat with a low center of gravity and a good sense of balance.  Tremendous amount of core strength, explosive leg power, and body control.
  • Unlike at the Olympic games, he didn’t have to cut weight and can put some oil on his body as in traditional Indian wrestling. His father / trainer and many observers think he is a lot more effective this way.
  • Able to take people down at will.
  • Can triumphs over any kind of opponents with a highly bloodless, technical style of ground fighting that force them to submit without ultimately injuring them.
  • Grappler only. Can’t punch nor kick. How will he counters ferocious strikers like Simson?
  • Has no ground experience.
  • High sense of honor. Won’t resort to the usual dirty fighting (eyes gouging, etc) prevalent in the UST.
  • Sportmanship. He will never hurt his opponent more than necessary. Nice philosophy but injuring your enemies is a good way to steal fighting points from the other Combatants. 2 points for a win, 1 point for a loss. If your scheduled opponent can’t compete, you get no point

FAVORITE FINISHER: Bear hug and leg trip


  • German suplex
  • Sultan slam (Rolling fireman’s carry slam)
  • Double leg slam
  • Spinning spinebuster
  • Multiple suplex variations. Belly to back, Belly to belly, Gutwrench.
  • Karelin lift
  • Spinebuster
  • Double leg takedown
  • Double leg back body drop
  • Side headlock
  • Arm drag
  • Flying mare 
  • Reversal
  • Collar-and-elbow

A TYPICAL TRAINING DAY: He works out for almost 10 to 12 hours daily. Training thrice a day. Meditates everyday.

  • 2 hours of swimming, stretching and running. Run for 5 miles plus.
  • 3 hours of callisthenics. 4,000-5,000 one and two-legged squats (bethak), including 700 jumping squats, and 2,000-3,000 push-ups (danda) both usually done in sets of 100 reps. 
  • 1/2 hour of squeezing very thick clay with his hands mid forearm into clay buckets to toughen his hands and work his grip strength.
  • 2 hours of wrestling and grappling moves practise.
  • 4 hours of wrestling around 40 and up to 80 opponents in a row in earth pits continuously for 4 hoursGenerally wrestling two opponents at a time. Back then a bout lasted until one of the opponents was defeated, and matches could go on for hours. Wrestling practice are arranged in a “progressive resistance” manner: he first wrestles boys as a warm-up, then newbies, then works his way up the ranks of the wrestlers until finally going against his peers.
  • 7 hours night of sleep
  • 5 hours of rest at least
  • 3 meals
  • 2 special oil massages

Callisthenics and exercises that employ the wrestler’s own bodyweight (kundakavartana) include the sun salutation (Surya Namaskara), supported headstand (shirshasana)Hindu squat (bethak) and the Hindu press-up (danda) seems to be the basis of his training.

His exercise regimen also include weight training devices such as the nal (a hollow stone cylinder with a handle inside), the gar nal (neck weight/ a circular stone ring worn around the neck to add resistance), the gada /mace (a heavy round stone attached to the end of a meter-long bamboo stick), and Indian clubs
His exercise regimen may also include dhakuli which involve twisting rotations, rope climbing, log pulling and running. 

Wrestling an opponent is a strength and conditioning workout in itself, as anyone with a shred of grappling experience will attest.
Bodyweight exercises and traditional Indian weight training to increase strength, muscle bulk, stamina and flexibility.
Massage is regarded an integral part of a wrestler’s exercise regimen.

DAILY DIET: He is vegetarian. A high-calorie and nutritious diet is a must to sustain bodyweight after a strenuous workout. 
There are no weight classes in traditional Kushti, so most wrestlers aim to get as big as they can. Smaller wrestlers often train with much bigger guys. So Kumar Mattu, just like any wrestler of his father’s akhara, is on a year-long bulk up diet.
His food is eaten through a thick mixture called Khurak, made from ghee, milk, and almond paste.

  • 10 liters of milk 
  • 1/2 liter (500 gr) of ghee (clarified butter containing 5 grams of fat per teaspoon)
  • 1.5 – 4.4 pounds of crushed almonds
  • 12 eggs
  • chana
  • chapattis, fruits and vegetables.
  • grains

The more he trains, the more he eats, the more he becomes strong.

LIFESTYLE: He is a devoted Hindu and a strict vegetarian.
No alcohol, no tobacco, no caffeine, no paan, no drugs, no steroids, no supplements, no meat, no women, no sex, no masturbation, no movies, no mobile phone. 
The focus is on living a pure life, building strength and honing their wrestling skills. His body stands for morality and chastity.

PERSONALITY: Quiet, simple, humble, honorable, introvert, selfless and extremely religious who abhors alcohol, tobacco and drugs. Became furious and powerful when he is about to fight.

GEAR / EQUIPMENT: Wears a speedo instead of the traditional langot. Prefers to fight barefoot and shirtless instead of wearing amateur wrestling singlet and shoes.

MUSICAL THEME: Jana Gana Mana – India National Anthem

 The Akhara: Where Earth Is Turned Into Gold

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