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Yes, shin-kicking is a sport, and it has a championship tournament (video)

Jun 6, 2012, 2:03 PM EDT


If Englishmen are stuffing straw into their socks, it must be time for the Cotswold Shin-Kicking Championships. They come from far and wide to attend the event in Gloucestershire, England. Sadly, the queen could not attend — something about a Diamond Jubilee.

The sport of shin kicking has been around since medieval times, and is still taken seriously in rural England. Surprisingly there’s an art to it, at least according to shin-kicking judge James Wiseman.

“The easiest way to describe it is it’s a bit like wrestling but with a lot of contact below the knees,” he said.

“The idea is really to throw the person to the ground, but to throw the person to the ground you’ve got to unbalance by kicking them first.”

Rules: No tripping, pulling or martial arts-style sweep kicks. No Jeff Gilloleying. You win by kicking your opponent to the ground. Gentlemen, begin kicking.

Your move, Olympic Organizing Committee.