Competitors take the ring in chess-boxing

Chess-boxing combines the skill of chess with the physicality of boxing

Slugging it out in chess-boxing

Chess-boxing is considered a tough, thinking man’s sport

Chasing the cheese on Cooper ‘s Hill in England

Chasing the cheese wheel is not for the faint of heart

It’s a free-for-all for the cheese

Chasing the cheese on Cooper’s HIll can be pretty painful

Competitors come from all over the world to try to win the cheese wheel

The grand prize. A wheel of cheese. It’s worth the pain and effort

Shin kicking in England. Game on

Shin kicking. Mental toughness and a high-pain threshold is required

Shin kicking is a rough sport

Shin kicking is one of the most painful contests in the world

Shin kicking up close and personal

Strength can be key in shin kicking

Off-The-Wall Sports

We are going off the beaten path to bring you some sports from around the world that you may not have heard of, or even knew existed. The first one combines the game of chess with the sport of boxing. That’s right, it’s chess-boxing which is very popular in Europe. A fight consists of 11 rounds---6 rounds of chess and 5 rounds of boxing. Each round lasts three minutes whether competitors are boxing or playing chess. A point system determines the winner, unless of course, somebody gets knocked out. Oh yeah, it’s real. Just ask Wikipedia… So, if you’re looking for a game that’s tests your brain and brawn, chess-boxing could be for you. Every May near Gloucester, England people from around the world compete in the Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake. Now, get this. A nine-pound double Gloucester of cheese is rolled from the top of the hill one second ahead of the competitors. The wheel of cheese can reach up to speeds of 70 miles per hour. This event isn’t for the faint of heart. One year, there were 15 injuries, four of them serious. Whoever crosses the finish line at the bottom of the hill first, wins the wheel of cheese! If you would like to sign up, here is a good place to start… If you think chasing a wheel of cheese down a hill is a bit crazy, then you have check out SHIN KICKING. Ouch, just saying that is kind of painful. This is a popular sport in Costwolds, England which is down the road from where they chase the cheese. The objective of the game is simple. Knock your opponent down by bashing his shins. Best-of-three makes you a winner. According to their site, “This is not a hooligan sport”. Whew. We hope you enjoyed this edition of Countdown90, for more episodes please visit