Mongolian wrestling is called BOKH. Bokenh is derived from the name of the town of K GOTSI. In modern Mongolian, the term is used to refer to both wrestling and the sport of bull-baiting. The two disciplines often come to grips together, as they do in the Russian bear and bull fights.
Mongolian wrestling is a folk sport, meaning that it is practiced by ordinary people. Unlike Greco-Roman wrestling, no special skills are needed for this sport. Unlike other sports, though, the techniques are based on a series of ritualistic activities. Thus, the sport has developed its own set of rituals, known as halogens.
A typical bokhog tournament involves two or more rounds of wrestling. The first two minutes to mark the beginning of the fight. The bout is generally well balanced, with each wrestler employing various techniques to the advantage of his opponent. There is also a time limit, called the naadam festival, during which a wrestler is not allowed to touch the ground during the entire contest. The matches are often marred with brutal mauling that leaves many wrestlers dazed and bloody.
During the shadow, or Mongolia wrestling championship
Mongolia’s top wrestler will face off against the wrestler of another nation for a best two out of three matches. The winning wrestler gains complete control over the match; he may break his opponent’s legs, break his arms, gouge his eyes, or do other things that will deprive his opponent of the ability to defend. These contests are widely considered displays of sportsmanship, and a good wrestler will practice a great deal of sportsmanship throughout his life. The matches are often referred to as rumpus, or competitions of honor.
The traditional greeting in Mongolia is ‘nuat’ or ‘thuka’, which means welcome. In most regions, wrestling matches are banned during the shamdol, which is why there are few recorded matches of Mongolian wrestling. However, the sport continues to be a strong favorite among the Mongols. Competitors begin training for their matches about four months prior to the naadam festival. It is estimated that up to two-hundred and fifty athletes train in the country annually, making it the largest wrestling nation in the world.
An average wrestler in Mongolia will begin his training by running on a treadmill and jumping rope. He will then start working on his shoving technique, where he attempts to throw his opponent off balance and bring him to the mat. Once he has become adept at this, he will move on to working on his own body weight category, throwing blows with his bare hands. A typical day in a Mongolian wrestling school includes wrestling exercises like freestyle and folk style.
There are several traditions that mark the beginning of the day, including animal sacrifices. The animals are cleansed and then tormented so they can be forced to come to the wrestling ring and submit to the shaman who oversees the event. This is also a time for the children to go into the temple and offer food and drink to the deities. This is considered to be very auspicious, as the spirits of the animals are believed to protect the sport from bad luck and disease.
A wrestling competition starts when the wrestlers stand in the centre of the ring and throw their hats into the water. Whoever throws their mat first is declared the victor. This is followed by wrestling practice, in which the wrestlers attempt to throw each other out of the ring. At the conclusion of the match, the wrestlers stand up and pat one another on the back. This is one of the traditional customs that mark the start of inner Mongolia.
Strictly Necessary Cookies
Strictly Necessary Cookie should be enabled at all times so that we can save your preferences for cookie settings.
If you disable this cookie, we will not be able to save your preferences. This means that every time you visit this website you will need to enable or disable cookies again.