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.
Section supported by Grappling & Wrestling Books
- Olympic sport.
- Second most restrictive out of the three types of wrestling.
- Does not allow leg grabs or sweeps.
- The main objective of Greco is a "5" or tech fall. Pins are not common.
- Greco emphasizes on upper body techniques such as: Body lock, Suplex, Slide-by/Duck, & Hip Tosses. The suplex is the most common takedown.
- Belly-to-Back: Most common suplex. Attacker is positioned behind opponent. He then lowers hips and pops opponent off his feet. He bridges back on his own head and heists over. Attacker hopes the throw is a "5"
- Belly-to-Belly: Typically achieved through a body lock clinch. Has more of a heist to it than a bridge.
- Karelin Lift: Achieved form top position during Par Terre. Attacker faces opposite the head and locks around waist. He pops the hips on his knee(s) and lifts up. This throw usually results in a 5.
- There, unfortunately, isn't too many Greco clubs. However there are plenty of tournaments and Freestyle clubs often teach Greco Techniques.
- Least restrictive of the three types of wrestling.
- Freestyle is a combo of folkstyle and Greco.
- In a nutshell, it is Greco with leg grabs and sweeps allowed.
- In freestyle you commonly win points by takedown or shoulder exposure. Shoulder exposure is typically achieved by a leg lace or gut wrench. The attacker turns the opponent over and hopes that both shoulders hit the mat.
- Freestyle helps a lot with Folkstyle.
- Most restrictive of the three types of wrestling.
- It is a school-wide style.
- Folkstyle does not permit clasping of the hands when one or more knee(s) are on the mat.
- An Escape is also awarded a point when it is not in Freestyle & Greco.
- Pins are more common in Folkstyle.
- Shoulder exposure must be at least 2 seconds for 2 points and 5 for 3 points. This is called ''nearfall''.
- Also there is a stall warning unlike Greco or Freestyle. Folkstyle also requires headgear.
No Gi Wrestling
- Aka Submission Grappling, Submission Wrestling aka Catch Wrestling or Catch-As-Catch-Can, or No Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
- In a nutshell, it is wrestling with groundwork. You can win by points, submission, etc
Examples of Wrestling Sub-Styles & Regional Wrestling Variations
Common Wrestling Injuries
- Cauliflower ear is a common injury for wrestlers.
- The constant rubbing of the ears against the mat, etc. can cause the cartilage to separate from the skin and fill with blood. However, doctors can drain the blood from the injured ear.
- Many Grapplers view this injury as a "Badge of Honor."
- Headgear will protect the ears to some extent.
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
Wiki Recommendations by Google
Black Belt Wiki Community
- Please visit the wiki community to read all of our members posts & replies. However, we have listed below some of the recent posts & top-rated topics added by our members to the wiki's social community. These are not wiki pages but rather are fantastic member generated questions, answers & even the occasional joke focused on martial arts topics. We hope you become a member.
Highly Rated Posts on the Wiki Community
Recent Wiki Community Posts
- Karate Kakie practice I was curious how many of my fellow karateka here practice kakie it is a series of "pushing hands" drills - which accept and flow off of an opponents incoming momentum as well as how to effectively push an opponent It is sometimes also described as ...
- Special Forces Strength Training Here are a few "easy" exercises to spice up your next martial arts strength training workout. I like how he incorporates grappling dummies and plyomterics into his workout. If I had to do this training routine, I would be losing body parts after a few...
- Let's play Detective My instructor and I were talking about the upcoming Power Rangers film, and how it would be different to the original series. He then started to tell me of a movie he saw in the 80's that seemed to follow a similar formula to power rangers, where kids ...
At no extra cost to you, Black Belt Wiki makes a small commission if you buy products via these Amazon links. Your purchase helps keep this wiki free for all visitors. Thank you for your support!
Material on this wiki may not be copied or reproduced without the written approval of Black Belt Wiki.
All rights reserved. For other terms & conditions, please read our legal disclaimer. This site is for informational purposes only. All martial arts techniques and fitness exercises should be supervised by a trained martial arts instructor in order to prevent injuries and to ensure the proper technique is utilized. If you have had an injury or are in pain, please see a doctor before starting or continuing any martial arts and/or physical fitness program.
Martial Arts Search Engine
Martial Arts Products
- Books - Most Popular Martial Arts Books
- Grappling - BJJ, Judo, MMA, etc.
- DVDs - Best Instructional DVDs
- Gloves - Boxing, MMA, etc.
- Heavy Bags, Kicking Pads & Shields
- Kata & Forms
- Shoes - Karate, Taekwondo, Wrestling, Boxing, etc.
- Sparring Gear
- Stretching & Flexibility
- Training - Iron Palm, Punching Mitts, etc.
- Uniforms & Gi