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[ 9 May 2014 | 4 Comments ]
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Shuai Jiao Realist
By Antonio Graceffo
On deciding not to wrestle in the Chinese national shuai jiao championships:
My eighth month aniversary is coming up now, eight months that I have been on the Chinese traditional wrestling (Shuai jiao) team at Shanghai University of Sport. Before joining the team, I had spent one year training and fighting MMA fulltime, in Malaysia. The final half of that year, I actually lived in the MMA gym. So, I had picked up some grappling, but I …

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[ 8 Dec 2013 | No Comment ]
Aesops Fables title

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 …

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[ 15 Nov 2013 | No Comment ]
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Abdelrahman Ahmed Shaalan, now known as ”Osunaarashi” (Great Sandstorm) arrived in Japan two years ago after winning sumo competitions in his home country of Egypt. During his time training at the home of sumo, Osunaarashi, has been promoted to the”makuuchi” (elite) division.  With this promotion, he becomes the first sumo wrestler from either the African continent or the Arab region to earn this honor.
The makuuchi division is made up of 42  wrestlers including two grand champions (yokozuna), both of whom are Mongolians. …

Chile, Featured »

[ 9 Apr 2013 | Comments Off ]
Tierra del Fuego

The same thing that happens when you don’t protect at-risk sports. They go extinct.
The Selk’nam were the most powerful warring tribe on the islands named  Tierra del Fuego by Magellan and the explorers who first saw plumes of smoke coming from encampments off the coast of Chile in 1520.
Lucas Bridges, wrote that Selk’nam wrestling involved holding the arms of one’s opponent and attempting to throw him to the ground while never breaking the hold, fighting until one or the other …

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[ 14 Mar 2012 | 7 Comments ]
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The title of this article could have also read “World’s Largest Traditional Wrestling League Holds National Tournament”
This week, the NCAA — the self-righteous governing body of amateur  collegiate sports in America — is hosting the 82nd Annual NCAA Wrestling Tournament in St. Louis Missouri. The tournament is being covered by all types of national media, including the worldwide leader in sports (ESPN) who will broadcast every round for the first time in tournament history.
Of course this is a significant traditional wrestling …

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[ 10 Nov 2011 | 3 Comments ]
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The recent destruction of the Penn State campus came as a welcome Wednesday night surprise for many in the sports media. A coach ousted after a sex scandal is below-the-fold stuff when it happens at also-ran’s like Kent State, but at Penn State, with the winningest coach in NCAA Division I football history? Ratings gold.
Student’s seemed to understand the media’s appetite for calling the play-by-play of last night’s activity. Some of them responded by keeping reporters sent to cover JoePa’s …

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[ 9 Aug 2011 | No Comment ]
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I recently wrote an opinion piece for Intermat that explores the wrestling communities multi-layered reaction to the on-mat acrobatics of 20-year-old Greco-Roman wrestler Ellis Coleman. The goal of the article was to stoke the creative minds within the American wrestling community in the hopes that they see the need for ideas like Wrestling Roots, which seek to push the conversation about wrestling in new and exciting directions.
 Amateur wrestling needs to ask itself if it is willing to track towards a …