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A fantastic photo essay from the Scottish Wrestling Bond, an organization dedicated to promoting traditional Scottish wrestling.
From their website:
Backhold Wrestling can be seen all over Scotland and the north of England from May to October, at Highland and Border Games. The rules are simple, once the closed hold with the right hand under the opponent’s left is taken, the referee shouts “hold” in Scotland or “wrestle” in England to commence the bout. The first wrestler to touch the ground or …
The great debate: Is wrestling a team sport or an individual sport?
I came across this interesting article about Kaori Icho. I placed it on Wrestling Roots’ social media sites. However, I wanted to place it here to give it a more permanent setting.
“Japan’s Kaori Icho has the most impressive career record of any female wrestler in the world. Since the sport was first included on the Olympic women’s programme at Athens 2004, she has made the 63kg weight class her …
I was searching for some traditional wrestling photographs to place on the Wrestling Roots tumblr when I came across this webpage promoting a book on Glima by Bennett Nichols. I wanted to place it here as well since the top of the page seems to have a notification that the website that was used “is outdated and has been archived.” Just in case the page is gone in the near future, I wanted to place Mr. Nichols’ information here on …
Sensei Gary Rasanen, an 8th degree grand master of judo grabs my
sleeve and my lapel, similar to a grip used in Chinese shuai jiao
wrestling. He pulls me into his hip, sits down slightly, while pulling
my arm across his chest, and suddenly, I am airborne. I slam, hard on
the mat, as his body crashes down on top of me. Careful to maintain
control of my arm, he rotates his hip toward me and widens his legs,
in order to drop more weight on …
Wrestling Me and the Inner-City
By. Eric Washington
I remember being called, “a big six.” It was almost as if people didn’t believe I was only six years old. “He sure is a big six!” It wasn’t like we were trying to get in free on the bus or an amusement ride park, this was freaking everywhere! It wasn’t that I was one of those mammoth babies, like the one you see on YouTube, all fat smoking …
The following essay if from WR reader, Antonio Graceffo. Antonio is currently a PhD candidate at Shanghai University of Sport. Please check out his other works that we have listed below. We will be posting future essays from his travels. Enjoy!
I first came to Asia in 2001, when I went to Taiwan to study Chinese and kung fu, in preparation to go study at the Shaolin Temple, in Henan, China. In 2003, I went to Shaolin and studied san da. …
Wrestling is one of the world’s oldest sport. Horses were one of the first animals humans domesticated. It is no surprise that the two sports would be combined somewhere in the world.
Audaryspak is a sport where the rules are pretty straight forward: The rider (dzhigit) that is able to wrestle his opponent from his horse wins.
Audaryspak is still practiced during cultural celebrations in Kazakhstan. In fact, many believe that it was the steppes of Kazakhstan where horses were first domesticated.
I doubt the …
Not only was Aesop a famous ancient Greek storyteller, he must have been a wrestler as well:
THE LION, THE HARE AND THE DEER
A lion was about to devour a hare that was sleeping at the edge of a field, when he saw a deer passing by.
The lion left the hare to his nap. A moment later, the hare awoke and, quicker than a wink, ran far, far away.
In the meantime, the lion began to chase the deer, but as fast …
Farmer Burns was a famous 20th-century Catch-as-Catch-Can wrestling champion. He earned his fame during the barnstorming days when men would travel from county to county wrestling during fairs and carnivals. Burns was one of the foremost barnstorming wrestlers and very likely wrestled thousands of matches during his career.
After he retired from the sport, Burns turned to coaching and eventually wrote a book on wrestling techniques, diet, and exercise for wrestlers. Here are some snippets from his work published in 1913:
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 …