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The Most Intense Sport You’ve Never Heard Of



Bo-Taoshi, Japanese for “pole pull-down,” might be the most intense team sport on the planet. It is basically capture-the-flag meets a Far East gangland street brawl. The rules are simple: One 75-person team protects a large pole. Another 75-person team tries to tear that pole down. Japanese military cadets are pretty much the only humans on earth who play Bo-Taoshi. Presumably, competing in the dangerous free-for-all is compulsory. The post-game shiatsu is optional – but recommended.


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