Mongolian Judo is perhaps more unique than any other style of judo you can come across.

This comes not only from their geographical position, but their nomadic way of life, which continues to thrive today.

Mongolia is a huge a country with a small population (just over 3 million). The lifestyle of most Mongolians requires them to travel around the country depending on the quality of the grass and the weather, and how this impacts their livestock.

Three main activities have always been deep-rooted within this way of life; archery, horse-riding and wrestling. Every boy learns to wrestle, and as they travel the lands, they wrestle with the boys from other families and tribes.

The style of wrestling is unique within itself; the grips and entries into attack are unusual and, as a result, so are the takedowns and throws. As with most styles of wrestling, the winner is decided by throwing the opponent onto their back, after which they perform a beautiful dance in homage to the Mongolian eagle.

These grips and techniques, combined with their cultural background make for a very tasty and effective transference over to judo.

When rules have changed Mongolia have always been at the forefront of new technique development. They push judo onto new levels and the rest of the world tries to keep up. This comes from the Mongolian nomadic mentality of adapting to changing circumstances. This mentality also applies to contests and randori; as the circumstances of a fight change their grips, entries and throws change.

You will never have seen an approach to gripping like that of the Mongolians; how to deceive an opponent, or combine unorthodox grips.

Mongolians love tight contact, aiming to pull their opponent in and get chest-to-chest. The throws are spectacular, unusual and highly efficient.

And Mongolians are some of the world’s leading specialists in counter attacks, turning a throw on its head at the last moment.

Superstar Judo is proud to bring you three of Mongolia’s best fighters. They are led by their first ever World Champion; Tsagaanbaatar Khashbaatar, who has just recently retired from competitive judo.

Khashbaatar is a legend in Mongolia. Fighting Films had the honour of travelling around part of Mongolia with Khashbaatar a few years ago, and he is one of their top celebrities.

He is largely responsible for the worldwide recognition of Mongolian judo, with his unusual style and the vast number of techniques he has invented. Amazingly, Khashbaatar fought in four weight categories throughout his career. He won 2004 Olympic bronze at -60kgs, the 2009 World Championships at -66kg, the 2013 Paris Grand Slam at -73kgs, and even took a World Cup bronze at -81kgs!

He is joined on Superstar Judo by Amartuvshin Dashdavva (-60kgs), 2013 World silver medallist and six times Grand Slam and Grand Prix winner and Tumurkhuleg Davaadorj (-66kgs), double Asian Games Champion and also six times Grand Slam and Grand Prix winner.

One other very important aspect of the Mongolian mentality is to live life and have no regrets. This is strongly reflected by their all-out attacking style on the mat. They want to express themselves and impose their judo, and would always prefer to lose dramatically rather than just by penalties.

Mongolian Judo offers a unique perspective, with a different way of thinking and a refreshing approach to everything about our amazing sport. This truly is what judo is all about.

Open your mind to Mongolian Judo and you will never look back...


Danny Hicks

Director - Fighting Films

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