Ssireum 씨름 Traditional Korean Wrestling
I have been training judo in Korea for the last three years. I compete as often as I can. I had been wanting to try ssireum and finally got a chance to last spring. The tournament itself was all local judo clubs just out for a little fun in the sand.
Basically two people are wearing a big belt called a satba 샅바. They start by kneeling in the sand pit with grips on each other's belt. When they both stand up the bout starts. If any part of your body from your knee up touches the sand its a fall. The winner is best of three falls. I am still not 100 percent sure what the legal grips are. My judo friends initially told me I can only hold the belt. Later I found out I could grab legs. This is something I am hoping to do again but amateur Ssireum is not very common.
This was my first match. Win by osoto gari.
My next match I lose. I accidentally dropped to my knee. It was still fun.
This is my third match. This kid is training to be a pro ssireum player. He was much smaller than me though.
Ssireum is a really fun rule set but is not very popular in Korea these days. This is definitely something I want to try again.