Mongol Bokh

Mongol Bokh

Mongol Bokh is a traditional Mongolian wrestling. The Mongolian wrestling from time immemorial was widely used in the training of soldiers, in addition, it often acted as a determining factor in the battle between the warring sides. Before the battle began, the first warriors-heroes would step forward, known for their strength, dexterity and courage, whose duel could decide the outcome of the battle so that it might not happen at all.

Traditionally, the number of wrestlers participating in the tournament should not exceed 1024. Competitions are held in 9 stages, which are called "davaa" (pass). After each daava, the losing fighter drops out. Winners of each stage are given honorary titles: "aslan" (lion), "zaan" (elephant), "nachin" (falcon). The highest rank that the winner of all 9 stages could attain in the national tournament "Naadam" is the "avrag" (giant).

Before the beginning of each wrestling, wrestlers perform a ritual dance "devig", imitating the flight of the bird of prey. After that, the rivals come together and begin the fight, which is conducted only in the rack.

In the fight, wrestlers use such techniques as captures and release from them, jerks and pushes in order to bring the opponent out of balance, throwing, including using the feet, as well as the footboard. In the fight, hand grips are allowed on the feet. To win, it is necessary to guide the opponent first to touch the ground with any part of the body from the knee and up. The lack of continuation of the bout on the ground is explained by the fact that in ancient times the troops consisted entirely of horsemen, and the soldier who fell from the horse quickly died. The most prestigious victory is that when the winner throws an opponent on his back and knees him to the ground.


MONGOL BOKH – national wrestling (Mongolia).

Composition of the team – 2 people: 1 athlete, 1 coach.

Athletes older than 18 are allowed to take part in the competitions. The competitions are held among men in the absolute weight category. In all weight categories, a maximum of 1 athlete is allowed.

Competitions are held under the current rules of the Mongol national wrestling federation.

The winner in the absolute weight category has the right to take part in the Great Nomad Wrestling.

Download: competition rules of Mongol Bokh