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These Japanese cadets are getting pumped for what could be the world's most violent school sport. The Military Defense Academy in Tokyo hosted its annual Bo-Taoshi competition Sunday. It's a century-old sport that's part rugby, sumo-wrestling, and martial arts. The goal for each team is to take the other's pole as quickly as possible.
And as far as rules are concerned, pretty much anything goes, including, shoving, clawing, and head-butting. Bo-Taoshi is not just a game for soldiers, schools across Japan hold their own competitions. As a way to build teamwork and toughness, and if it looks dangerous, well, it is. Injuries are common in Bo-Taoshi, leaving some schools to ban the sport.
At this weekend match, first aid was on hand in case of the worst, but it turned out to be just a precaution. In the end, the blue team triumphed.>>