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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.
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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.
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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.>>
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