Gym - Styles of Wrestling
Styles 01 - Overview of Wrestling Styles
The goal of wrestling is to dominate your opponent by taking them down to the ground and pinning their shoulders to the ground for a fall. The sport itself is as old as recorded history, with most major wrestling moves pictured in the ruins of ancient Egypt. Unfortunately, we know few details of the specifics of the Ancients’ styles. As far as we know, until the early twentieth century, there were few restrictions, no time limits, and few scoring systems. It was the ultimate endurance test of strength, technique, conditioning, and courage. more...


Styles 02 - Catch as Catch Can
When European settlers first came to North America, they brought with them all their native forms of folkstyle wrestling. Sometimes these styles varied not just by country of origin, but even by regions within these countries. more...


Styles 03 - Folkstyle
This is the third article in a series about the various styles in wrestling. The first article we looked at the big picture and took an overview of all the various styles. The second article we looked at Catch-As-Catch-Can, the style used by the old real professional wrestlers in the early 1900s. This article we are going to look at the style used by the amateurs. more...


Styles 04 - Freestyle
In this continuing series about the various styles of wrestling, this time we look at Freestyle wrestling. Freestyle is one of the two official Olympic styles and many American Folkstyle wrestlers also wrestle Freestyle. more...


Styles 05 - Greco-Roman
We have been looking at the various styles of wrestling and how they are similar and different. So far we have examined Catch, American Folkstyle, and Freestyle. This week we will get a close up look at the style called Greco-Roman. more...


Styles 06 - Jujitsu
When people usually talk of wrestling they think it terms of national folk styles or international styles such as freestyle or Greco-Roman. These styles have similar rules and goal, that is to pin their opponent's shoulders to the mat. But there is another family of wrestling. That family is jujitsu. more...


Styles 07 - Judo
Last article we looked at how wrestling is not just a good sport but also good for self-defense. We looked at jujitsu a little and, while in no case a complete look at the rich history of jujitsu, laid a basic foundation showing how it fit into the greater pantheon of wrestling styles. A simple search of the internet would provide much further information. more...


Styles 08 - Sambo
Freestyle and Greco-Roman are the two official styles of Olympic wrestling. Judo also is a style of wrestling in the Olympics, though many people do not recognize that indeed it is a style of wrestling. There was also a fourth style in the Olympics for a while and that style is Sambo. more...



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