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Posted on November 17th, 2014 at 11:12 am by lock

Wrestling History

Wrestling worldwide began as hand to hand combat substituting death or knockout to display strength and physical ability. Wrestling itself has been documented back around 2500 BC through Egyptian and Babylon drawings. Indian wrestling documents back to 1500 BC and Chinese to 700 BC. Japan wrestling dates back to the 1st century BC

In Ancient Greece times wrestling was the most popular sport with young men being trained at an early age in wrestling schools or palestras wrestling became part of the Olympic games from 776 BC. Pancratium was one of the wrestling events which combined boxing and wrestling and was one of the two olympic wrestling events. Upright wrestling was also part of the pentathlon. The second was a toppling event best of 3 fall. The most famous olympic ancient Greek wrestler was Milon of Croton who won six times during the games.

Irans national sport is wrestling and was introduced around the 13th century when modern techniques were influenced by turks and mongolian styles wrestling from the 13th century. Turkish wrestlers of around 800 AD were hired by Islamic rulers practicing loose wrestling called Kornesh.

India and Pakistan have practiced a loose style wrestling introduced in 1526 after the Mogals Demise. India’s loose style wrestling is still practiced in the 20th century.

European wrestling occurred though out the middle ages the first match recorded in London was in the 13th century. Jacket wrestling was created called devon and cornwall and has started in the 5th century wrestling was taught to the knights of the Roman empire. Documents of instructions how to wrestle appeared in handwritten manuscript as before printing was invented.

The 19th century saw 2 forms of wrestling dominate the field of wrestling freestyle wrestling and Greco Roman wrestling which was made popular by the French trying to copy the styles of the accent greeks. The french style Greco wrestling forbids leg grapples and only allows holds above the belt line in 1896 Greco wrestling was introduced to the olympic games. The other main style of wrestling freestyle was introduced in 1888 popularized by Britain and Americas a professional sport when it was recognized as an amateur sport by the Amateur Sports Association.

A belt wrestling style was developed by the Japanese known as Sumo wrestling the wrestling involved by forcing the opponent out of the ring. The 17th century saw the sport of Sumo wrestling as a professional sport in Japan. Other Japanese wrestling styles include Samurai martials arts as Jujitsu and Judo which were practiced world wide from the 20th century.

Topling wrestling: Practiced by Greeks
Upright wrestling: Practiced by Greeks
Loose wrestling: Practiced by Turks Indians
Belt wrestling: Practiced by Japanese
Jacket wrestling: Practiced by Roman Knights

Japanese History

Behind the sport of sumo is the religion of Shinto. Shinto is a Japanese traditional religion Shinto “the way of the gods” is the indigenous religion of Japan which has existed long before Buddhism was introduced approx. 550 ad promoted by the use of the Chinese writing system. Shinto gods called Kami take the forms and are believed to control the elements such as wind rain snow and nature as well as health and fertility. The way many worship the Kami the Shinto gods is to visit the Shrines of the Shinto these shrines are visited during traditional events such as New Year, Setsubun as for birthdays weddings and baby blessings. Sumo itself is a ritual performance to entertain the Kami the Shinto gods. Sumo itself is not held at shrines it is held however in Sumo stadiums. Professional Sumo wrestling is an accent sport dating back about 1600 years. A legend says when the kami Take Minazuchi the god won a sumo match in one of the Japanese islands with a rival tribal leader. Sumo matches became a rituals a dedication to the kami with sacred dancing and prayer as sumo wrestling was originally a form of fighting, boxing combined with kickboxing and wrestling with little rules fighting only of the rule of the Imperial Courts from about 710 – 1185. Public matches ceased when westling was banned in public under the Shogun’s rule as instead the way of the samurai as well as other martial arts and military combat styles were encouraged under shogun rule. The original sumo wrestling was a brutal sport which would attract many spectators. Sumo wrestling now days is full of ceremonies and has become Japans national sport. The first man to awarded as the Yokozuna was Akashi Shiganosuke in 1632.

Shinto: A Japanese religion
Kami: Shinto Gods
Take Minazuchi A Japanese god
Akashi Shiganosuke: The first grand champion.

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