17 Jul The Art of Mongolian Wrestling & Tip For Optimal Performance
Wrestling in Mongolia
I just came back from the Naadam festival in Mongolia. Spent a few days out in the countryside. It’s unlike anything I’ve seen before. There are endless open fields of grass, animals, and a pristine nature. Compared to most Western countries I’ve been to, most of Mongolia is an untouched beauty.
However, we are not here to talk about the nature of Mongolia. I wanted to share my experience learning from the Mongolian wrestlers. I took part in their traditional art of Mongolian wrestling during their Naadam festivities. If you have not checked out the previous article about different forms of wrestling around the world, check it out.
The essence of the sport is to make sure that your opponent falls before you do. The first one to touch their knees, elbows, and back to the ground loses. I was at one of their smaller villages in the Northern Mongolia, Khuvsgul, where I attended their festivities. It was interesting to note there was no classification of weight class and age. Everyone had a fair chance to compete, so I gave it a try.
I was matched with a fellow in his twenties; little stocky, but short. His strength was incredible though. Perhaps it has something to do with what they are eating and how they are raised. As he went for my legs and tried to throw me, I used my weight to hold my balance and when he tired out, I went on the attack. I pressed on his back with my weight, and he eventually gave up, finally giving me the win.
The second round was not so forgiving. I ended up wrestling the person who went on to win the village tournament. Before I knew it, I was staring at the sky wondering how quickly he overpowered me.
As he grinned ear to ear, I went to shake his hand, but couldn’t help but notice his beautiful teeth. I asked him about that and he told me his diet mainly consisted of meats, fresh dairy, and no sugar. He went on to tell me how good oral health is one of the most important aspects of health and peak performance. Now I didn’t believe all his mumbo jumbo, but I couldn’t help myself.
So I went on the internet and searched articles on dental health and how it helps performance. Although, I didn’t find the answers I was looking for, there was only 1 Mongolian dental site with interesting articles.
I have never been too focused on my teeth, but it sure makes me rethink. I shall brush my teeth more often, floss, and all the rest. As a travelling athlete; who knows, it might help in the future with my performance. It doesn’t hurt to actually improve my hygiene regardless. Until next time folks!