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[ 18 Nov 2013 | No Comment ]
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The growth of women’s wrestling since the Olympics has been astronomical. In 2004, twenty countries sent women to wrestle at the Athens Games. That number jumped to 42 countries for the London Games in 2012. With the increase in weight-classes from four to six  for the Rio Games in 2016,  even more opportunities have been created for women in wrestling.
One of the reasons there has been such an upswing in wrestling’s popularity in India (a country of over a billion …

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[ 5 Nov 2013 | One Comment ]
MYSORE GRAPPLERS by akshay mahajan (pushups)

When visiting akharas in India last year, Tim and Mark commented on how modest each of these gyms were: a dirt pit for wrestling, ropes to climb for conditioning, and a guru instructing young athletes what to do. The goal was simple, to keep a large team of young men using these akharas to learn discipline, a healthy lifestyle, and the skills to become a successful wrestler.
As India has become more modern, there has been a concern that the traditional sport of kushti …

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[ 15 Feb 2012 | 21 Comments ]
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Wrestling Roots’ most intrepid traveler, Mark Lovejoy, has once again logged a unique wrestling experience and shared his experience with our readers. Slideshow of photos are at the bottom of the post — don’t miss out and be sure to comment!
-Tim
Before I try to put my thoughts into words, I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Ansuia Prasad for putting up with me, bringing me all over town, and buying me a half-dozen chai teas that are keeping …

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[ 30 Nov 2011 | 9 Comments ]
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India claims one of the largest and most socially influential traditional wrestling styles in the world. Wrestling takes place in softened earth, where a ghee mixture added to the soil. The wrestlers intent on studying – and at some point competing in front of thousands of fans – are trained by gurus (coaches) in akharas (local wrestling schools) where the wrestlers wake up as early as 4 AM for conditioning work. Wrestlers are also asked to restrict their diets and …