Japanese Sumo vs. Mongolian wrestling – which is stronger?

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Mongolian wrestling, known as Bökh, is an important part of Mongolian culture with a rich history behind it that dates all the way back to the time of Genghis Khan.

Likewise, Sumo wrestling is a very important part of Japanese culture with a lot of interesting history behind it as well so it makes sense to see these two Asiatic wrestling styles square off to see who comes out on top.

As we can see in the video below of this team battle between Bökh and Sumo, is that even as youngsters the difference in their physiques is quite different. The Sumo wrestlers are much heavier and carry around much more body fat while the Mongolian wrestlers are much leaner and this is probably in part due to the different rulesets between the styles.

Japanese Sumo vs. Mongolian wrestling (Bökh) - which is stronger?
Japanese Sumo vs. Mongolian wrestling (Bökh) – which is stronger?

In sumo wrestling, the goal is simply to push your opponent out of the ring in which, obviously, the bigger, heavier man would possess a large advantage. But in Bökh, depending on the region, the goal of the match is to get your opponent’s upper body, knee or elbow to touch the ground. This ruleset would obviously require a more athletic physique as endurance can surely play a factor.

So check out the video below to see which Asiatic wrestling style reigns supreme – Sumo wrestling or Mongolian style (Bökh).

Mongolian wrestling, known as Bökh, is the folk wrestling style of Mongols in Mongolia, Inner Mongolia and other regions where touching the ground with anything other than a foot loses the match. Bökh means “durability”. Wrestling is the most important of the Mongolian culture’s historic “Three Manly Skills”, that also include horsemanship and archery. Genghis Khan considered wrestling to be an important way to keep his army in good physical shape and combat ready. The court of Qing Dynasty (1646–1911) held regular wrestling events, mainly between ethnic Manchu and Mongol wrestlers. There are several different versions, Mongolian, Buryatian (in the Buryatia of Russia), Oirat and Inner Mongolian. [Source: Wiki]

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