A lot of people may not have heard of this game yet. Toe wrestling has become quite official in many countries. It indeed has a strange beginning as much as it is a strange sport where competitors use their toes to subjugate others in a contest. Again, the sport has humble beginnings and many people may not see the sporting event in the same genre like boxing, free style wrestling or other forms of martial arts. It happens on the ground with bare feet and is perceived comical at first sight. Yet for many it remained a new introduction as its inventors themselves had in mind when they turned it into a competitive game.
Although toe wrestling came about in the year 1974 it never did well enough and had almost disappeared from view for long periods unlike its closest cousin the hand wrestling sport. It is still doubtful in several sports loving people whether it would broader its horizon and get adequate backing at least in line with that of wrestling sports events.
History of Toe Wrestling
The history of toe wrestling began in 1974 when 4 men who drank heavily at an Inn in Staffordshire UK. For a long time they were rather peeved to hear that the country UK that they loved never actually produced a world champion in a sport. This made them experiment simple ways to develop a sport that due to its very ingenuity would enable UK to become a world champion. They also thought that this way they could make UK remain a world champion for all times in this particular sport.
The four men were Pete Cheetham, Eddie Stansfield, Pete Dean and Mick Damon. They played and popularized the sport by getting Mick’s girlfriend’s father to do so as he was an editor of a newspaper.
Although Mick was world champion till 1975 he was dethroned of the title by a Canadian. This ended their passionate dream of making UK the world champion in this particular type of sport.
After this defeat the sport disappeared from view and only to appear as some sports enthusiast took it up earnestly. Now regular world championship in toe wrestling takes place in UK, Pakistan, India and China.
Basics of Toe Wrestling
Toe wrestling is done with your toes. In crude forms it may be just about pinning down your opponents toe yet over the years the sport event has come out with some rules and regulations. During a toe wrestling match you pin down your opponent’s toe in at least two out of three bouts. If your toe is not perfectly matched with that of your opponent’s then you may find it difficult to pin down the toe that is quite large.
Generally, toe wrestlers make sure that they have the strength to take on the other and in most events larger the toe you have the better is your advantage. Naturally, this is the reason that large sized toes are better and this coupled with enough muscle power tend to bring down your opponents toe even faster.
In this sport each player interlock toes and then the side pushes begin such that each player tries to pin down flat on the ground the other’s toe. Each match lasts for a designated time and the opponent too tries to pin down the other player’s foot.
Winner is decided on a 2 out of 3 basis. In most matches that are held in public on grass floors or concrete ground a medal is given to the winner.
Rules of Toe Wrestling
The toe wrestling of modern times has certain rules before you are selected for any event. Although the sport has not been officially received by the Olympics Committee yet it is played in some countries which incidentally have high population and thereby great scope in expansion across these regions.
Before a participant enrolls himself for a toe wrestling match he must be medically fit. For this it is mandatory for him to undergo checkup by a qualified nurse before he goes into the ring. The examination is detailed and there must not be any injury or other deformation on the area of toe.
It is mandatory as a courtesy that each player would take off the opponent’s shoes. This gesture was necessary to bring in some humility and discipline in the sports.
Again, each match is allotted only 3 seconds within which time either player must have successfully scored. Winner is determined on the basis of winning 2 out of 3 matches.
Players are allowed to use only their foot and no hand and they bend one another’s toe to the right or left and then right again to pin down their opponent. In large competition there may be more players and a grand trophy is presented to the winner who had won all the events. A referee would oversee the action and decide the winner.