Wrestling has been popular throughout recorded history. Origins of the sport can be traced back 15,000 years to cave drawings in France. Early Egyptian and Babylonian reliefs depict wrestlers using most of the holds known to the present-day sport. In ancient Greece, wrestling occupied a prominent place in legend and literature; wrestling competition, brutal in many aspects, was the supreme contest of the Olympic Games. The ancient Romans borrowed heavily from Greek wrestling, but eliminated much of its brutality. During the Middle Ages wrestling remained popular and enjoyed the patronage of many royal houses, including those of France, Japan, and England.
The sport of wrestling has come a long way since it was practiced by our earliest ancestors, becoming a more formal and organized representation of the world’s oldest form of competition. These days, traditional and modern forms of wrestling are practiced on every continent and in almost every country. The 2004 Olympics reinforced wrestling’s popularity, yielding 344 competitors in both the freestyle and Greco-Roman divisions – a record number of competitors for the Olympic wrestling tournament.
This is one of the most popular sports in Turkey. Tukish Oil Wrestling or Yagli gures means literally oiled wrestling. The wrestlers wear tight short leather trousers called “Kispet”, made of water buffalo leather weighing approximately 13 kilograms, and they cover themselves with olive oil. Matches take place throughout the country but the most famous Read more
Greco Roman Wrestling: Man has always had to defend his peace of land, river, lake, killed animal, etc. so the fight in the utilitarian sense has always been a means of survival, self-defense. In more recent times greco roman wrestling began to play a crucial role in the application of warriors’ physical preparation. Greco Roman Read more
Luta Livre seems to be the forgotten son of the grappling arts. Its “big brother” rival Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has had the tremendous success that we all know, and has chang Luta Livre means “wrestling” in Portuguese, although the term Luta translates to ‘fight’ and Livre translates to ‘free’. Therefore, loosely the term means ‘free fighting’. Read more
Shootfighting does not have a long history, even if the catch wrestling style that it was born from does. In the 1970’s, a catch wrestler by the name of Karl Gotch taught several Japanese professional wrestlers catch wrestling. This style of fighting was often termed “hooking” or “shooting”. Later, a rather famous professional wrestler by Read more
Wrestling has been popular throughout recorded history. Origins of the sport can be traced back 15,000 years to cave drawings in France. Early Egyptian and Babylonian reliefs depict wrestlers using most of the holds known to the present-day sport. In ancient Greece, wrestling occupied a prominent place in legend and literature; wrestling competition, brutal in Read more
This article on Buno filipino wrestling talks about the is history of the style and also the place that it had in Filipino society. There are also some links at the bottom to learn more about it. Buno filipino wrestling, where the word Buno means to throw, is a system of Filipino wrestling similar to Read more
The Filipino Dumog is a very rare art today. Dumog Wrestling can be found mostly in the Southern part of Negros Island and in the island of Panay in the province of Antique. This can be found in small barrios where Dumog Wrestling became a past time, an entertainment and a form of survival. Dumog Read more
Inbuan Wrestling is a form of wrestling native to the people of Mizoram in India. Inbuan Wrestling is said to have originated in the village of Dungtland in 1750 A.D. It was recognized as a sport after the Mizo people migrated from Burma to the Lushai Hills. Inbuan Wrestling involves very strict rules prohibiting kicking, Read more
This is a folk wrestling kind of Brazilian martial arts technique of the indigenous people of Xingu, in the state of Mato Grosso, popularly performed during ritual ceremonies of Kuarup. Huka-huka starts with the athletes on their knees. It begins when the owner of the fight, a male chief, walks to the center of the Read more
In the viking age, there were in nothern europe a very popular sport called glima. In glima it is illegal to kick and hit, therefore it is called wrestling. The special thing about glima is that the wrestlers uses some special belts (like in sumo) to get a grip in each other. In the viking Read more
One of the first men who was successful in studying “combat wrestling” was V.A.Spiridonov, officer of old Russia Army. He came to army as volunteer, became officer, fought during Russia-Japan war 1904-05. After the war he began to study European version of Japanese jujutsu. During WWI he was injured and retired. Since 1919 he worked Read more
Sumo is perhaps the best known of Japan’s competitive sports. All you have to do is push your opponent out of the ring or get him to touch the ground with any part of his body except the feet. Sounds easy but, if you have ever seen a sumo wrestler, you would have some idea Read more
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