Wrestling - For Total Mind and Body Conditioning
WRESTLING – FOR TOTAL BODY AND MIND CONDITIONING
Wrestling had been depicted in the early Egyptian and Babylonian relief. Ancient Greek legends and literature make allusion s in the sport. In the Middle Ages, wrestling wooed the patronage of the nobility, not just of Europe but Japan as well. After braving the vast ocean, American settlers from England were astonished to find native Indians wrestling, dodging, and immobilizing their opponents.
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Heavy Sumo wrestlers pit huge men, slapping, grappling, and throwing them out of the ring.
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Wrestling has been in existence since the beginning of man. It is a sport without a homeland or a founder. Actually, it’s the genius of the people that has created wrestling in the course of several thousand of years. It is practiced all over the world, by all people, and at all stages of human history, as a means of increasing physical resistance and promotion of moral qualities.
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Why wrestling? One may wrestle for the sheer excitement of competition, for the pleasure of sport or as an exercise not just for the body, but for the mind as well. A wrestler trained by competition will always have more wins to his credit that one who wrestles having no planned strategic moves.
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The practice of wrestling brings about a rapid and overall development of all human organs and systems; help builds nice body; makes the movements more refined; develops strong will and cultivates the sense of fair play. The wrestler’s beautiful body is used as a model for sculptures that can be seen today in our museums.
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Many philosophers, scientists, statesmen and Nobel Prize holder have practiced wrestling, among the most outstanding ones are; Socrates, Plato, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Benjamin Franklin. Today more than 90% of those wrestlers who won medals at the Olympic and World events have been into universities or have completed higher education.
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Wrestling enhances a person’s working, physical and intellectual capacities. Among the champions in other sports many started their sports career in wrestling. A 1991 study, made in Great Britain shows its influences on the health of the players in 35 different sports. Its concern was with the sport’s effect on the strength, endurance, mobility and flexibility of man’s most important organs. Wrestling proved to be on top for its positive effects on the functions of human systems.
There is no better sport in the military preparation than wrestling. The motor qualities are crucial in hand-to-her combat and enhance both the physical and mental endurance in various complex conditions of combat. In self-defense, the unique advantage of being a wrestler is that he does not have to be bigger or stronger than his opponent to win. It is the use of leverage and knowledge of technique where he gains the advantage over size. Many times it is the opponent’s own struggle which increases his pain and ensures his continued entrapment.
Sports competitions are the most suitable occasions to display stamina and strong will to persevere and sustain in the effort. This brings the real masculinity in a man because this sport makes him courageous, more enduring, able to sustain effort, virile and full of initiative.
Seemingly, in undisciplined sport being a no-holds-barred contest, it is quite deceiving. There is a great deal of training involved in the preparation of a world class wrestler. A hold or maneuver must be practiced to integrate the techniques as one’s instinct. Under the pressure of competition, there is not much time to think, only to react and thus take advantage of your opponent’s mistakes and weakness.
Whether a person wants to learn wrestling as a sport, self-defense or for total mind and body conditioning, he should always remember that wrestling is a friendly support in life, perhaps one’s faithful ally. It will a person to study and work harder with less effort to achieve better success in life. It will offer support during hard times. But bear in mind, never to forget; your strength and strong muscles should be used for a good purpose.
“The purest of the heart is the strongest.”
The modern wrestling – “Please do not try this at home.”