05/22/2012 01:45 pm ET

Alpine Finger Wrestling Championships Held In Germany (VIDEO)

Give these guys a hand for their fancy finger work.

Competitors in the obscure sport of finger wrestling descended on the Bavarian region of Germany recently.

Almost 160 athletes -- many of them wearing traditional lederhosen -- locked digits in the 35th annual Alpine Finger Wrestling Championship, the Mirror reported.

The competition is like a tug of war in which only one finger is used. The sportsman sit face-to-face and put a digit -- usually the middle finger -- into a strap. A player wins by pulling his opponent over the halfway mark of the table.

Winners are crowned in different weight divisions.

In German, the sport is called fingerhakeln, according to 3News.

The game of brute force dates back to the 17th century, according to 3News.