Georgian style of swimming

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03/08/2008
  
 
 
On 3rd August, 2008 11 years old Jimmy Brodzeli swam 3400 meters across the “Tbilisi Sea” ( Tbilisi water storage) using “Hands and feet bound Kolkhuri”. He swam 1 hours, 49 minutes and 45 seconds.
Chief judge of the competition Henry Kuprashvili

29/06/2008
 

Famous actor Kakhi Kavsadze became the winner of the tournament

The second traditional competition in swimming style “Rachuli” (Rachian) among old people was held on June 29, 2008 at sports complex “Laguna Vere”. The competition was held in the context of “Longevity week” organized by international association “ 930”.

Results: the first place was taken by famous actor Kakhi Kavsadze, the second by – 79 years old engineer-builder Shalva Kvintradze, the third by – 72 years old engineer Givi Gadelia, the fourth by – doctor Aglaia Kveselava (the first among women) and the fifth by – 72 years old economist Tamaz Kvernadze.

Holders of the first, second and third places were awarded diplomas and turtle statues gemmed with Svarovski jewels (the symbol of longevity and wisdom) by the president of association Mari Malazonia. Other participants were awarded special prizes.

Author of the project and the chief judge of competition Henry Kuprashvili


30/08/2007

 

The second traditional Tbilisi Sea group swimming using “Hands and feet bound Kolkhuri” was held

The second traditional Tbilisi Sea group swimming using “Hands and feet bound Kolkhuri” was held on August 30, 2007. The participants of this swimming were the pupils of “Laguna-Vere”. The first place was taken by 13 years old Irakli Shengelia (37 minutes and 53 seconds), who has improved last year’s results (40.47.00).

The swimming was dedicated to the fifth year after the fact, when on August 30,2002 the Dardanelles Strait was swam across using old Georgian military-training style; “Hands and feet bound Kolkhuri”.

The competition was held under the aegis of The Department of Sport and Youth affairs of Georgia (D.Namgalauri), Municipal service of Tbilisi social service and culture (M. Katsarave, Z. Dolidze), Sport-complex “Laguna-Vere” (V. Khundzakishvili), The sponsor of this swimming was the Company of Georgian Oil (R. Salukvadze), City Administration’s service for special situations (T. Giorgadze) and The seaside defenders association of Georgia “Aeetes”.

Officail results of the second traditional Tbilisi Sea group swimming using “Hands and feet bound Kolkhuri” (30.08.07 year. Start12:00. Distance 3 400 meters)

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Name and surname

Date of birth

Result

Place

Town

1

Irakli Shengelia

1994

37.53.00

I

Tbilisi

2

Dato Bardavelidze

1993

51.17.00

II

Tbilisi

3

Temur Kobakhidze

1995

53.03.00

III

Tbilisi

4

Tika Bakuradze

1992

57.23.00

IV

Tbilisi

5

Ani Sichinave Tbilisi

1994

57.58.00

V

Tbilisi

hief Judge of the competition Henry Kuprashvili


21/07/2007

Official results of swimming competition among journalists
Tbilisi, sport complex “Laguna-Vere” (21.07.07)
Sensation: American Stephanie Hillborn took the first place in Georgian style of swimming “Free Kolkhuri”
Men
50 m . Distance
Butterfly

Name and surname

result

place

town

media organization

Oleg Peikrishvili

0.32.39

I

Tbilisi

newspaper “Georgian Times”

Lado Tskhadaia

0.49.60

II

Tbilisi

TV channel “Mze”

David Akhvlediani

 

was dismissed

Tbilisi

newspaper “Rezonansi”

Breast-stroke

Giga Gurasashvili

0.41.60

I

Tbilisi

newspaper “24 Saati”

Archil Mikadze

0.43.10

II

Tbilisi

TV channel “Rustavi 2”

Avtandil Gurasashvili (b. in 1950)

0.43.77

III

Tbilisi

newspaper “Sarbieli”

backstroke

Oleg Peikrishvili

0.35.40

I

Tbilisi

newspaper “Georgian Times”

Kakhber Kakhadze

0.38.20

II

Tbilisi

TV channel “Rustavi2”

Archil Mikadze

0.41.60

III

Tbilisi

TV channel “Rustavi 2”

Free style

Vakho Mamaladze

0.31.90

I

Tbilisi

TV channel “Mze”

Vasil Udumashvili

0.34.73

II

Tbilisi

newspaper “24 Saati”

Archil Mikadze

0.35.80

III

Tbilisi

TV channel “Rustavi2”

25 m . Distance
Free Kolkhuri (Lazuri)

Malkhaz Gulashvili

0.25.31

I

Tbilisi

newspaper “Georgian Times”

Mikho Morchiladze(b. in 1945)

0.34.0

II

Tbilisi

newspaper “Kviris Palitra”

Irakli Kalandadze

has not appeared

 

Tbilisi

newspaper “Kviris Palitra”

Women
50 m . Distance
Butterfly

Name and surname

result

place

town

media organization

Khatuna Nozadze

0.38.99

I

Tbilisi

TV channel “Rustavi2”

Stephanie Hillborn

0.44.40

II

USA

newspaper “Georgia Today”

Breast-stroke

Khatuna Nozadze

0.45.22

I

Tbilisi

TV channel “Rustavi2”

Natia Kokashvili

has not appeared

 

 

newspaper “Georgian Times”

Natia Bandzeladze

has not appeared

 

 

TV channel “Rustavi2”

backstroke

Khatuna Nozadze

0.45.07

I

Tbilisi

TV channel “Rustavi2”

Stephanie Hillborn

0.47.66

II

USA

newspaper “Georgia Today”

Guranda Gurasashvili

0.52.88

III

Tbilisi

TV channel “Mze”

Free style

Khatuna Nozadze

0.36.45

I

Tbilisi

TV channel “Rustavi2”

Stephanie Hillborn

0.38.00

II

USA

newspaper “Georgia Today”

Guranda Gurasashvili

0.53.38

III

Tbilisi

TV channel “Mze”

25 m . Distance
Free Kolkhuri (Lazuri)

Stephanie Hillborn

0.22.10

I

USA

newspaper “Georgia Today”

Khatuna Nozadze

0.23.04

II

Tbilisi

TV channel “ Rustavi 2”

Tamar Shonia

has not appeared

 

Zugdidi

Radio “Atinati”

Chief Coach of the competition Henry Kuprashvili
Secretary Lali Kiashauri
 

23/06/2007
Swimming in “Rachian”
On 23rd June, 2007 While longevity week, organized by International Assosiation “ 930” (President Mari Malazonia) swimming competition in “Rachuli” took place at “Laguna-Vere”. The first place was taken by 78 years old engineer-builder Shalva Kvintradze, the second place – 72 years old famous actor Kakhi Kavsadze, the third – 75 years old engineer Givi Gadelia.
Georgian swimming “Rachuli” is specific. People who are more than 70 yars olod complete among each other in swimming, but not in speed and by physical heavy duty, as in other sport competitions, but compete in gravity and slow swimming, as it suits old people. The winner is the swimmir who finishes last by unceasing movement of his feet and hands. (in case if the swimmer on purpose stops unceasing movement of his extremities, with the object of remaining behind other swimmers, he should be dismissed from the competition). Main in this case is that a parson can win not by physical heavy duty, that can be fatal for people who are more than 70 years old, but by right strategy, tactics and adroitness.
Author of the project and the chief judge of competition Henry Kuprashvili

15/09/2006

   On September 15, 2006 at the Film House of Tbilisi was held 60 years jubilee of Henry KUPRASHVILI. The celebration was conducted by the League of Chokha-wearer Knights of all Georgia (chief Gogi DOLIDZE).


  03/09/2006

Revival of the Georgian soul’s power

   3, 2006 was arranged a competition. Young swimmers, trained by Henry KUPRASHVILI and Dimitri DICK swam across “ Tbilisi sea” by “Hands and feet bound Kolkhuri” (military-training style).Irakli SHENGELIA (40,47), 12 years old boy, was the first swimmer, who overpowered 3 kilometers distance. Nastia GRIVACH (13 years old) took the second place (46,11), the third place was taken by 11 years old Nino BASILAIA and 12 years old Ani SICHINAVA (57,54).

  Zaza Dolidze, chief of Tbilisi City Hall’s sport and tourism city service, Dimitri DUNDUA, the president of association of Georgian public games and national styles of sport, the chief of t he league of Chokha-wearer knights of all Georgia, Gogi DOLIDZE and others prized the winners with medals, diplomas and different prizes.

  The competition was dedicated to the fourth year after the fact of Henry KUPRASHVILI’S swimming across the Dardanelles strait by “Kolkhuri” on August 30, 2002.

The competition was led by its chief judge Henry KUPRASHVILI.

  12/05/2006

Open Championship in Georgian style of swimming “Lazuri”

On May 12, 2006 was held an open championship in Georgian style of swimming Lazuri.This competition was held under the aegis of  the assosiation of Georgian public games and national styles of sport (president Dimitri Dundua) and the City administration’s municipal service of sport and tourism.

      The winners on 50,100 and 500 meters distance swimming were awarded diplomas and medals. In spite of these, the winner among boys on 500 meters distance, Irakli Shengelia was awarded digital camera. The winner was invested with the prize by the citizen of Turkey, lazian Sedat Shahinkai, in the name of International center of Kolkhian culture.The winner among girls Nastia Grivach was awarded colour TV. The prize was invested to her by George Dolidze in the name of “All Georgian Leage of Knigets in the Chokha“.

      Demonstrative swimmings were held in other styles of Georgian swimming (“Okribula”, “Apkhazuri”, “Hands and feet bound Kolkhuri”, “Iberiuli”, “Kiziquri”, “Khashuruli”, “Takhvia”). Georgian water game “Tsqalrkineba” (Menchurua) was shown to the public too.

     The composer Merab Mamulishvili has worked on Lazian motives and wrote “Lazian march” for this championship. The march was sounded that day for the first time.

Official results of Tbilisi open championship in Georgian style of swimming “Lazuri”

Sportcomplex „Laguna Vere” (12.05.06)

 Boys on 50 meters distance

Name and surname

Results

Place

City

Coach

Irakli Shengelia (B 1994)

0.41.00

I

Tbilisi

Dimitri Dick, H.Kuprashvili

Temur Kobakhidze (B 1995)

0.45.8

II

Tbilisi

Dimitri Dick, H.Kuprashvili

George Tsilosani (B 1995)

0.54.6

III

Rustavi

Marina Lomidze

 Girls on 50 meters distance

Nino Basialia (B 1995)

0.53.7

I

Tbilisi

Dimitri Dick, H.Kuprashvili

Ani Sichinava (B 1994)

0.55.2

II

Tbilisi

Dimitri Dick, H.Kuprashvili

Zoia Shekhovtseva (B 1994)

1.00

III

Rustavi

Mzia Kapanadze

 Boys on 100 meters distance

Tornike Gagoshvili (B 1991 )

1.35.0

I

Tbilisi

Marina Lomidze

Tornike Skhiladze (B 1993)

1.38.7

II

Tbilisi

Dimitri Dick, H.Kuprashvili

Dato bardavelidze (B 1993)

1.40.3

III

Tbilisi

Dimitri Dick, H.Kuprashvili

 Girls on 100 meters distance

Nastia Grivach (B 1993)

1.46.3

I

Tbilisi

Dimitri Dick, H.Kuprashvili

Ana Pataraia (B 1991)

2.22.9

II

Rustavi

Irina Bendeliani

Tika bakuradze (B 1992)

2.23.5

III

Tbilisi

Dimitri Dick, H.Kuprashvili

 Boys on 500 meters distance

Irakli Shengelia (B 1994)

8.35.7

I

Tbilisi

Dimitri Dick, H.Kuprashvili

Tornike Skhiladze (B 1993)

9.37.9

II

Tbilisi

Dimitri Dick, H.Kuprashvili

Dimitri Kurdadze (B 1989)

10.04.3

III

Rustavi

Irina Bendeliani

 Girls on 500 meters distance

Nastia grivach (B 1993)

10.05.0

I

Tbilisi

Dimitri Dick, H.Kuprashvili

Chief Judge of the championship Henry Kuprashvili

Secretary Manana Zambakhidze


  12/06/2005

Kolkhuri spreads its wings

At sport complex Laguna-Vere by Vladimir Goiashvili’s effort the unique Georgian styles of swimming: Lazuri, Okribula, Iberiuli, Apkhazuri, Kiziquri, Takhvia and “Hands and feet bound Kolkhuri” that are revivaled by Henry Kuprashvili officially take part in process of training.
   Dimitri Dick, of German origin, is the first Georgian instructor that has actively applied Georgian styles of swimming in process of training of professional swimmers at the base of the Sport complex Laguna-Vere. In his opinion Georgian style of swimming is specific and develops the system of muscles that will play an active role in perfection of classic styles of swimming. He hopes that swimmers trained by this method will succeed in classic styles that are in horrible condition in Georgia.

  07/06/2004 

Competition, which has no analogs in hystory

On june 7, 2004 Henry Kuprashvili’s pupils made a representative compettion in “Lazuri” (Lazian sport style) and in “Hand’s and feet bound Kolkhuri” (Kolchian military-training style)

Pupils of Demirel college (Çaglar educational institutions in Georgia) were taking part in 25 and 50 meters distance competition which took place in Tbilisi, in sportcomplex “Laguna-Vere” , they were: Sopo Giorgadze, Lasha Vashakidze, Mariam Zuliashvili, Zura Kakhetelidze, Otar Nikuradze, Tornike Chincharauli and Mirza Chincharauli. In period of their training (36 trainings) Henry Kuprashvili used Georgian training styles, reconstructed by himself, which were: “Iberiuli” (Iberian), “Apkhazuri” (Abkhazian), “Okribuli”, “Takhvia”, “Kiziquri” and “Khashuruli”. In contrast to traditional swimming style common abilities of particular and unique Georgian swimming styles are: specific technic of swimming and breathing, fixed/motionless condition of hands while swimming and generation of distinctive hydrodynamic resistance


Kuprashvili was greeted by the film director Rezo CHKHEIDZE. There are Gogi DOLIDZE and Henry KUPRASHVILI on the photo too (photo of INTERPRESSNEWS)


Young Chokha-wearers congratulated Kuprashvili (photo of INTERPRESSNEWS)

Irakli SHENGELIA, Ani SICHINAVA, Nino BASILAIA, Dimitri DICK, Nastia GRIVACH

Henry KUPRASHVILI - Bosphor 2005

Stephanie Hillborn (“Georgia Today”, USA), Khatuna Nozadze (“Rustavi2”, Georgia), Guranda Gurasashvili (“Mze”, Georgia )

2004

Is published a book:
 Henry Kuprashvili. Georgian swimming. Tbilisi, 2004.

ISBN 99940-0-190-6
In the book are presented Georgian swimming styles: “Lazuri”(sport style) and “Hands and feet bound Kolkhuri” (military-training style). Also special training styles: “Abkhazura”, “Okribula”, “Iberiuli”, “Takhvia”, “Kizikhuri”, and “Khashuruli”. There’s shown peculiarity and originality of Georgian swimmings variety in the textbook. The book is published by assistance of Georgian society of wearers of Chokha (national costume)

05/06/2003

The color highly illustrated book “Hero of the Dardanelles - Seven Unique Developments” in three languages) Georgian, English, Russian) printed in Germany dedicates to Henry Kuprashvili. Publisher: Media-Holding “Georgian Times”.