Rugby meets MMA in the violent Russian sport of kila – video

Russia’s Native Games continued in the Tambov region of central Russia last weekend, with the ancient game of kila a highlight.

In a game thought to date back to the 12th century, teams of three battle it out in a no-holds-barred combination of mixed martial arts, boxing and wrestling. The aim is to place a heavy leather ball in the opposing team’s tyre.

The wrestling element is particularly brutal as chokeholds, punching and fighting are all positively encouraged.