Was There Ever a Sport Called Face Slapping?

For a brief period in the 1930s, the Russian people in the city of Kiev came out to watch the sport of “Face-Slapping.” The two opponents did just that, slapped each other’s faces with their open hands until one bloody cornbattant gave up.

An endurance record was set in 1931 when two “slappers” went at it for 30 hours before the spectators demanded that the match be stopped, because neither bloody, exhausted man would be the first to quit.

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2 thoughts on “Was There Ever a Sport Called Face Slapping?”

  1. i love watching the russian video, the two guys slapping each other across the face. i would like to go one on one man to man face slap with a guy

  2. I am turned on to this video. is there a sport called face slapping in the united states. any contests. i am interested in putting together a google group,involving men who are into face slapping.

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