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Wrestling - Martial Arts Style
Wrestling is purely focused on grappling techniques and does not allow any kicking or punching. Nevertheless, wrestling and grappling skills are very useful in terms of adding a ground component to a martial artist's overall skills. Many successful mixed martial artists (i.e. Randy Couture) have come from wrestling backgrounds.
There are three main types of wrestling: Freestyle, Greco-Roman, & Folkstyle (aka Collegiate, amateur, etc). Freestyle and Greco Wrestling are Olympic sports. All forms have the same basic objective; you try to subdue an opponent or gain a superior position over your opponent. In addition, there are many regional wrestling variations (i.e. Cumberland Wrestling).
The commons ways to win in wrestling are to pin or fall: You must have total control and both shoulders should touch the mat. In Freestyle & Greco falls can be awarded simply by the shoulders touching the mat (MUST HAVE TOTAL CONTROL). Takedowns or Tech Fall: Gain more points than opponent. 5-point Throw (Greco/Freestyle): Most prominent in Greco. Achieved typically by Suplex, both shoulders hit the mat and opponents legs go over head. Similar to Judo's Ippon. There are more ways to win in Freestyle & Greco.
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No Gi Wrestling
Examples of Wrestling Sub-Styles & Regional Wrestling Variations
Common Wrestling Injuries
Wrestling, like stated above is purely a grappling sport. Wrestling is great for MMA. To improve your Wrestling, try Judo, BJJ, or No Gi. Wrestling, at the least will get you into to shape for your other arts.
YouTube video of 5 point throws
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