What is Kabaddi?

Kabaddi is an ancient Indian contact sport, and can be thought as a mix of tag, wrestling, and British Bulldog. Two teams occupy two halves of a pitch 13m x 10m in dimension. In one round of play, one player from Team A enters Team B's half as a "raider", and aims to make contact with as many "defenders" in Team B as possible to win points. The defenders aim to prevent the raider from returning to their half; this is done by emplying holds, tackles, and other defensive tactics. Teams take alternate turns to raid, and points are scored for every succesful raid and tackle.


Oxford University Kabaddi Club (OUKC) is a very young sports team at Oxford. We train every week at the Dojo in the Iffley Road Sports Complex. Everyone is welcome to come and learn all about one of the fastest growing sports in the UK. We have regular matches in the National University Kabaddi League (NUKL), participate in multiple national Kabaddi competitions, and organise a varsity match against Cambridge.
Don’t worry if you’ve never played before, it’s very easy to pick up! Most of the team started brand new at university. This year, we are also looking to start a girls’ team, which we are very excited about.
If you want a taste of something new, meet new people both at Oxford and beyond and get some exercise, then OUKC is for you!
Please contact us if you have any questions, and do join our mailing list. You can sign up to our mailing list by sending a blank email to oxfordkabaddi-subscribe@maillist.ox.ac.uk

That's how we play it!