The Rules of Bo Taoshi – Weirdest Sport EVER!

The Rules of Bo Taoshi – Weirdest Sport EVER!


Ninh tries to explain the Rules of Bo Taoshi
The object of the game is to lower the pole of the opposing team before they can lower
yours. Bo Taoshi is …. Oh god it’s Japanese,
it’s going to be weird. A game of Japanese origin, and the phrase
‘Bo Taoshi’ literally means ‘pole fight’. Bo Taoshi is played between two teams of 150
players each. Wait 150?! Yeah, I read it right. Teams consist of 75 attackers, wearing a bright
colour. And 75 defenders, wearing white. To start the game, the defenders of each team
will set up their poles in their respective circles. The poles are 4 metres high and they
must set them up in the middle of a circle that is 27m in diameter. Defenders will then
assume a pre-set formation to try and defend the pole. This includes crouching at the pole,
forming walls and having someone guard the top of the pole.
Once both teams defenders are in place, the attackers of both teams are unleashed.
You are allowed to tackle, wrestle, climb over defenders and form walls so that your
teammates can use you as a springboard in order to try and reach the top of the pole
to pull it down. The defenders, will do virtually anything to stop this, and this results in
a game that is … well, it kinda looks like this.
The pole is officially classed as down, when it reaches 30 degrees from horizontal.
The team that pulls the pole down before their opponent … wins.
That’s basically it, but there’s a few other things that you’ll need to know before
watching Bo Taoshi. For example.
Fouls. Players are only allowed to make contact with
players within the 27m circle. And officially they cannot punch or kick their opponent.
Breaking these rules will result in a foul. If a team accrues three fouls, their team
loses the game automatically. Ummm … err …. Are you sure?
Saru. The saru is the player perched atop of his
team’s pole. Saru is Japanese for ‘monkey’ and it’s
the monkey’s job to issue instructions to his team, defend the top of the pole from
attackers, and counteract the lean of the pole by pulling in the opposite direction.
As an attacker, you want to remove the saru as quickly as possible, as this makes pulling
down the pole a lot easier. Well, in theory. So what did you do today Ninh, I got kicked
in the face by a monkey. Great! I think this game is awesome, I want to play.
Well, you can’t. This sport is only played by the National Defense Academy of Japan and
is a military training exercise between its 4 battalions – Battalion 1, Battalion 2,
Battalion 3 and the rather predictably named, Millwall FC. Whom I suspect would actually
be quite good at this. Your prize for winning this Bo Taoshi tournament
is this rather fetching 2 x 4 plank of wood. Hacksaw Jim Duggan, would be proud.
I suppose you could play this if you have 299 spare friends that aren’t doing anything
one afternoon and you feel like getting kicked in the face. It’s possible.
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in the face. Ninh Ly – www.ninh.co.uk, @NinhLyUK

100 Replies to “The Rules of Bo Taoshi – Weirdest Sport EVER!”

  1. I've been reliably informed that 'Bo Taoshi' does not mean 'pole fight' – more like 'pull the pole down'. Thank Trans World Sport for my bad translation.
    And yes this is the theme of Taka Michinoku from the WWE.
    As a commenter below wrote: "This is the most Japanese thing I've ever seen". He's not wrong!
    Like, share and subscribe! 🙂

  2. 3:03😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  3. Well, it's original at least PLUS I see that they have a good fanbase lol Looking forward to Ninh Ly doing our video for how to play Pelt Ball.

  4. I finally subscribed to you today after watching the Hurling video. You’ve introduced me to so many interesting sports around the world. Oddly, I already knew about this one but it’s your newest and I felt there’d be a better chance of you reading my comment. All your videos are well done and shame on me for not subscribing earlier.

  5. "And the rather predictably named, Millwall Football Club" I lost it. I fucking lost it. I am literally on the ground laughing at it. I'd pay to see Millwall supporters do this.

  6. Hey Ninh, how about the rules of ski jumping? It appears simple at first: just jump the farthest. But the more you dig into the rules, the more complicated they become. Style points, wind points, gate points, first/second/qualifying/test rounds, KO competitions, team competitions, summer competitions, different scoring based on the K points, gate swapping, postponing/cancelling the competition because of the wind, disqualifications, red/yellow/green lights… It's basically a mess that NEEDS to be explained.

  7. It's kind of a shame this is only played by a "small" amount people, since I would be up for trying this! Come to think of it, this would be awesome as an international sport even if it is like a once a year "International rules football" type of thing.

  8. Need money to kickstart the NBTL. National Bo Taoshi League. This will be godly and one of the gifts that I shall be forever praised for.

  9. THANK YOUUUUU! Will make another account to like this twice. I asked you like a year ago to do this game and you replied no 😂. I know you probably didn't want to do this, So honestly dude, you're awesome. Thanks again!

  10. I'm definitely adapting this for my nieces and nephews for the next park day! Maybe use a yoga ball, and try to knock the middle kid off the top of the ball or something idk. This is awesome and I wanna try it!

  11. Lets see…So ninh has made rikishi, yokozuna and jim duggan references and has used taka michinoku's theme in a video.

    Yep. Ninh's a pro wrestling fan

  12. This looks like an interesting sport to play and your voice definitely sounds familiar. Have you ever done narration for "How it's Made" or similar programs? Your accent sounds local to me. Cool video, subbed & liked.

  13. Loving this video dude. Thanks a lot. The supposed rules were not clear from watching the unmitigated chaos that is the game. Thanks for explaining.

  14. In Japanese school,There are unique competitions in the annual sports festival. kibasen(Chicken fight) and kumi-taiso(gymnastic formation) are also popular competitions, but nowadays they are often banned for reasons of danger :'(

    Bo-taoshi is also one of the banned competitions, but it seems that some schools still have this game.

  15. Consider explaining the rules of other traditional games from Africa or Latin America. Having a field day with these videos. What's your story with Milwall anyways.
    All the best.

  16. If all military Company could do this Sport it would be soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo awesome.

  17. 3:22 HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. I guess… Bo Taoshi will be a sports for my practice of my sports club instead of this violence, I would like to do tag.

  19. lol i was sure this was gonna be about that sport depicted in the opening scene of Dragon Lord with jackie chan.

  20. Ninh I hope I don’t sound offensive but if it translate to pole fight why not call it by the translation pole fight instead of bo taoshi heh heh sorry If sound stupid or offensive 😅😅😅😅😅😅

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