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Bultong [1] is the Ifugao name for their sport of traditional wrestling. It is often played during town and provincial fiestas. Bultong falls under the international classification of "belt wrestling".


Two Ifugao bultong champions who also excelled and became famous in other combat sports are:

Sanshou gives points for wrestling take-downs, aside from kicks and punches, but does not allow ground fighting.


  1. Sumo and Pacific Island Traditional Wrestling. Cobeeda Association. Retrieved on 2014-10-17.

Further reading

  • Barton, R. F. "Ifugao Law" University of California Publications on American Archeology and Ethnology. The Internet Archive. February 15, 1919
  • Sevilla III, Karlo Silverio. Interview with Erlinda Napiloy, Sports Director, Ifugao State University. Conducted in March 2007.
  • Sevilla III, Karlo Silverio. Interview with Jason Balabal. Conducted in December 2007.
  • Sevilla III, Karlo Silverio. Interview with Melvin Sia, Bultong Photographer, January 2008.
  • Sevilla III, Karlo Silverio. Interview with Juan Alberto Balde, President, Wrestling Association of the Philippines. Conducted in September 1998.
  • Mallari, Perry Gil."FMA CORNER: Various forms of Filipino Indigenous Wrestling" FMApulse.com,November 23, 2009.http://www.fmapulse.com/content/fma-corner-various-forms-filipino-indigenous-wrestling?page=1.

7."Pacific Island Traditional Wrestling." Coreeda Association of Australia. http://www.coreedaoz.com/main/page_pacific_island_traditional_wrestling.html (Accessed on December 13, 2010) &"Belt wrestling." Olympic Council of Asia, 2009. https://web.archive.org/web/20100613032921/http://ocasia.org/Sports/SportsT.aspx?GSCode=125 (Accessed on January 15, 2011)

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