Greco-Roman wrestling, as its name suggests, is a modern style of wrestling that’s designed to be as similar as possible to the styles of wrestling practiced by the ancient Greeks and Roman’s in competitions like the ancient Greek olympics. Thankfully the tradition of wrestlers competing naked didn’t get carried on into the modern version of the sport.Continue reading A Brief History of Greco-Roman Wrestling
A Brief History of Shuai Jiao
Unless you’re really into your different wrestling styles you’ve probably not heard of Shuai Jiao. The modern usage of the term refers to any Chinese style of wrestling. But originally it meant jacket wrestling – kind of like an old school equivalent of the modern Russian sport of Sambo.Continue reading A Brief History of Shuai Jiao
A Brief History of Freestyle Wrestling
According to Joe Rogan wrestling is the greatest skill to have in the octagon, and a wrestler is the best ‘base’ to build a top level MMA fighter from. Fantastic wrestling skills allow you to control where the fight happens, and therefore expose an opponent’s weaknesses. Your opponent is a striker? Take them down and beat them up. Your opponent is a submission expert? Keep the fight standing and beat them up on the feet. Your opponent hasn’t got the best cardio? Keep them against the cage and grind them down. Control where the fight takes place and you control the fight. That’s why freestyle wrestling is one of the most commonly trained skills in MMA. But where does the art of freestyle wrestling come from?