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[ 23 Jun 2011 | No Comment ]

The main draw of the Nadaam Festival is the wrestling tournament, which in Ulan Bator this year will feature 1024 participants over three days. Of these, roughly half seem to be weighing in above 250 lbs. while the rest aren’t far off. Wrestling in Mongolia is the ultimate showcase of size and athleticism. These guys aren’t just the biggest guys in the country, they are some of the best athletes.
Winning is simple and rules are few; if you touch anything …

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[ 22 Jun 2011 | 3 Comments ]

I’ll save the photos and video of me strapped into one of these traditional Mongolian Bokh wrestling outfits until it’s absolutely necessary, but for edification purposes I’ve gone ahead and introduced the outfit by name and function. I’m back in Ulan Bator for the weekend to film the Mongolian World Team Trials and do some reporting. I head back into the countryside on Monday for more training and eating. In the meantime upload as much information as possible and try …

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[ 22 Jun 2011 | 3 Comments ]
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Part of my research in Mongolia is trying to understand what it is about wrestling that has kept the attraction of Mongolians for centuries. There are possible explanations in their landscape and lifestyle, and certainly their physical hardiness seems to play a role (though I’ve only been in and around UB…). However, one of the reasons (or is it result) I’ve seen is that Mongolians genuinely seem to enjoy participating in wrestling. That is, they love to wrestle.
Wrestling is different …

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[ 18 Jun 2011 | No Comment ]
Chenggis Khan

If you’re reading this then you already know …  I’m wrestling Mongolians. But where before we could only use the written word to describe my project, there is now beautiful and convenient video. My four minute iMovie epic is up on Kickstarter, the site I’m using to crowdsource funding for my book about this adventure. Check out the video and back the project if you can, or just pass it along to your network of wrestlers, buddies that travel and wealthy …

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[ 24 May 2011 | One Comment ]

My flight to Beijing leaves in the morning and despite the stress of last-minute packing I thought it would be motivational to watch a video montage of takedowns from the last several Nadaam wrestling festivals. I should have kept packing. Watch this video and see if you can envision my chicken legs being sent skyward with a crotch lift, or my chest collapsed by a bully double. It’s okay, I have come to the realization that the next ten weeks …

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[ 17 May 2011 | No Comment ]

Here’s the sumo trivia you’ve been waiting to read: Who is the greatest Yokozuna in modern sumo history and from what country does he hail?
Dolgorsürengiin Dagvadorj, a Mongolian by birth, has been nothing if not controversial during his sumo career in Japan. The Yokozuna’s sometimes outlandish behavior made him an international celebrity, but also put him in the cross-hairs of the Japanese media. Some of the tension felt with Dagvadorj – who is widely known by his Japanese name Asahoryu …

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[ 12 May 2011 | One Comment ]

I mentioned in my InterMat interview that I was a bit nervous about the scope of the Wrestling Roots project and that I was, in general, scared. Maybe I was thinking about what might happen to my clavicle after tangling with this mob.
And they’re the middle school division …


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[ 10 May 2011 | No Comment ]
What's the worst that can happen?

<—-  I’m planning to wrestle this guy and his pals for eight weeks.