a-z of sport: Wrestling

It's a simple concept. Two men or women wrestle until one is declared the winner.

Two men wrestling

Over the years, wrestling techniques have become more sophisticated; generally speaking the winner of any wrestling bout is the person who has the better technique, strength and overall fitness.

Wrestling is split into Greco-Roman and Freestyle disciplines. In Freestyle wrestling the competitors have a much greater freedom. They can use not only their arms and bodies, but also their legs and can take a hold of their opponent anywhere that allows them to overpower and gain total control of them. In Greco-Roman Wrestling, it is strictly forbidden to grasp the opponent below the belt line, to trip him or to use the legs actively to perform any action.

Wrestling can hugely improve your fitness and especially core strength . As long as you don't mind getting close and personal in the name of sport, wrestling can be a fun form of exercise.

Wesport work closely with the National Governing Bodies of sport to provide opportunities across the West of England. Visit British Wrestling for more information on how to get started and find a club near you.  

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