Wrestlers start in the middle of a sand
circle, called a "terrero". The object is to make their opponent touch the
sand with any part of their body, except the feet. To accomplish this, they
use different techniques called "mañas" to throw their opponent off balance.
Two falls are required to win a bout. A match ends when all the members of
one team have been defeated.
"Mañas", moves, or a series of moves, can be divided in three
The wrestler may grasp any part of the opponent's body to try to un-balance
and knock down the opponent.
The wrestler can block a move by his opponent, and use his strength to
un-balance his opponent.
The wrestler can move his body to deflect a move by his opponent, and use
the opponent's strength to un-balance him.
Punching, hitting and strangling are not permitted.