Toe wrestling is a sport gaining popularity in the UK. World championships started at Ye Olde Royal Oak Inn in Wetton in the 1970s and are now held at the Bentley Brook Inn in Ashbourne, Derbyshire. Top players include Tom "100m" Martin, Paul "Toeminator" Beech and Alan "Nasty" Nash, who is the current world champion.
Toe wrestling is similar to arm wrestling. To play, players must take off their shoes and socks, as the game is played with bare feet. It is common courtesy for each player to remove the other player's shoes and socks. Players must link toes and each player's feet must touch flat on the other person's feet. Typically, after a short starting chant which varies by region (for example, "one, two, three, four, I declare a toe war."), the opponents proceed to attempt to pin (capture or trap) their opponent's feet for three seconds, while avoiding the same. Pinning is accomplished by placing one foot on the same foot of the opponent (for example, 'Jack swings his foot right, trapping Harry's feet underneath for 3 seconds). There are 3 rounds played on a best 2 out of 3 basis. First with the right foot, then left, and right again if necessary.