Amateur Or olympic style wrestling
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What is It?
Who can do it?
What will you need?
How do you do it?
How long does a match last for?
What can wrestling do for me?
Do not pre-judge this form of wrestling by the false impression given through television by such programmes as Superstars of Wrestling and WWF Wrestling.
The majority of wrestlers in those programmes have never appeared in any genuine form of amateur wrestling event.
Wrestling is one of the original Olympic sports and 16 medals are competed for at each Olympic event.
It is one of the oldest sporting events known to man and in the last few years has seen a greater participation by females in the sport.
WHAT IS IT?
It is a world wide, highly technical sport divided into three distinct styles:
Freestyle – where all parts of the body can be used when competing
Greco-Roman – where hold above the waist only are permitted
Folk Styles – styles that are done in particular countries only and generally have a very long history.
EG. In Japan - Sumo wrestling, in Switzerland – Schwingen wrestling, in Iceland – Glima wrestling, in Scotland – Cumberland wrestling.
In New Zealand we also do a childrens version of wrestling in conjunction with the Hillary Commission - Kiwi Wrestling
WHO CAN DO IT?
People of any size, male or female. The sport particularly sits the smaller person who often find it difficult to compete in sports where a lack of height and weight maker it difficult for them to compete. See our list of age groups and weight divisions.
WHAT WILL YOU NEED?
To start – shorts, t-shirt or rugby jersey, socks sandshoes/sneakers, hankerchief and a towel.
Later – more specialised gear can be purchased such as reversible wrestling trunks, wrestling boots, headgear.
A warm track suit is also advisable.
HOW DO YOU DO IT?
One competitor is allocated blue, the other competitor is allocated red.
By attempting various techniques including throw, takedowns, ground work etc a competitor will score points when their opponent is placed in various situations on the wrestling mat.
A pinfall (when both shoulders are on the mat for one second) would end a match immediately regardless of time gone. Otherwise a wrestler can win on points.
The rules ensure that a wrestler is always responsible for the safety of their opponent – Eg. no heavy dumps from a height, no damaging arm locks or strangles etc.
Modified rules are used for younger wrestlers. “Kiwi Wrestling” is available to Primary Schools throughout New Zealand.
HOW LONG DOES A MATCH LAST FOR?
A match lasts for two rounds. Each round can vary from 2 minutes to three minutes depending upon the age of a wrestler.
WHAT CAN WRESTLING DO FOR ME?
Wrestling will improve:
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