Trânta or trynta is the national wrestling style of Moldova, and practiced in both Moldova and Romania. It is a hand-to-hand combat style between two or more unarmed people (dexonline, n.d.) The style employs a variety of grappling technique. The goal is to get the opponent on the ground after lifting him.A match either has a duration of 6 minutes for adults and 4 for junior wrestlers or ends with a difference of 12 points. Traditionally winners are rewarded with a ram (Wikipedia, n.d.; Vasilică 2011).
Trânta developed from Greco-Roman wrestling styles and goes back to the period of the Dacian Kingdom (168 BC–106 AD). In the second half of the 20th century efforts have been made to revive the sport
The Romanian ministry of education decided in 1985 trânta would be a part of the school curriculum in rural areas in because of its positive health effects. Trânta is also part of the Moldovian school system and trânta matches are often organized by the local authorities or are part of bigger sports events (Wikipedia, n.d.).
- Award-winning documentary from 1968 by Anatol Codru: Trânta (Russian title: Трынта) - Trinta on the 8th World Martial Arts Festival in Chungju:
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