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Shin Kicking as a Sport

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 10:47 PM CDT
Straw, duct tape, and a whole lot of kicking are the main components of a sport the English like to call Shin Kicking.

Yes, you read right….shin kicking.  For those unfamiliar with the sport, there is not much to it.   The idea is to kick opponents' shins until one competitor is brought down, the harder the kick, the better.   It can be compared to wrestling only with a little more contact below the knees.

The folks down in English countryside held their annual Cotswald Olympicks and among the many games was the Shin Kicking Championship. 
Event organizers say courage, two feisty feet and as much straw as competitors could shove in their trousers were the only requirements to enter the competition.

This is very much a full contact sport and stamina is just as important as speed and agility.Each bout is decided in the best of three and competitors start by adopting a shoulder hold leaving their legs and more specifically their shins free to inflict the damage.

This year’s championship title belongs to 23-year-old Zac Warren.

Other games at the Cotswold Olimpicks included the wheelbarrow race, sack race and tug-of-war.The games were practiced in Chipping Campden in Gloucester since the 1600s but stopped in 1852.

Games were re-instated permanently again in 1965 and now are an annual tradition.

Shin Kicking as a Sport


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