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Wrestling

Since the beginning of mankind, humans have tussled, punched, kicked and screamed. As a way of establishing a peck ordering or even as a means of communication, men have tumbled, rolled and wrestled each other to the ground. The oldest record of wrestling is depicted in cave drawing 15,000 years old. Other early records of formalized wrestling include shuai jiao Chinese wrestling (used for training troops and for entertainment), Greek wrestling (the progenitor of Greco-Roman wrestling) for sport and ancient Egyptian wrestling. Relief pictures from the ancient civilizations of Babylon reveal wrestlers using many of the holds found in today’s wrestling sports.

Many cultures throughout time have developed varying brands of wrestling for entertainment, combat and sport. Each style uses skills that include grappling, throws, takedowns, pins, clinches, submission holds, escapes, turnovers, reversals, trips, sprawls and sweeps.

Wrestling has been playing an increasingly important role in training today’s top mixed martial artists.

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  1. “Judo” Gene LeBell vs. Boxer Milo Savage: America’s First MMA Fight

    “Judo” Gene LeBell vs. Boxer Milo Savage: America’s First MMA Fight

    Decades before the first UFC, “Judo” Gene LeBell used a mix of martial arts skills against boxer Milo Savage. In this exclusive interview from our archives, the legendary grappler reveals how skill variety can be the secret to success!
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  2. Wrestling: Gene LeBell and Bart Vale on the Ancestor of Jiu-jitsu, Sambo and Judo

    Wrestling: Gene LeBell and Bart Vale on the Ancestor of Jiu-jitsu, Sambo and Judo

    Whether we call it judo, jiu-jitsu, sambo, Greco-Roman, freestyle or submission, we’re talking about the same thing: wrestling. Find out how they’re connected and read what “Judo” Gene LeBell and shootfighter Bart Vale think about the issue.
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  3. Learn 3 Grappling Techniques From UFC Star Chael Sonnen

    Learn 3 Grappling Techniques From UFC Star Chael Sonnen

    Chael Sonnen isn’t your typical politician. For one, he actually answered our questions. But more important, the All-American wrestler from Oregon taught us some of the best tricks from his playbook.

    Despite his reputation as one of the UFC’s loudest stars, he doesn’t have a bad word to say about
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  4. Reverse the Flow of Any BJJ Match With Jean Jacques Machado’s Defensive Tactics

    Reverse the Flow of Any BJJ Match With Jean Jacques Machado’s Defensive Tactics

    Jean Jacques Machado has won every major Brazilian jiu-jitsu title in Brazil. Renowned for his grappling skills, the world-champion BJJ instructor shares his winning strategies with you in his new book, The Grappler’s Handbook Vol. 2: Tactics for Defense, available today!

    The Grappler’s Handbook Vol. 2 teaches you how to defend
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  5. Knockout and Concussion Statistics for Violent Encounters

    Knockout and Concussion Statistics for Violent Encounters

    Editor’s Note: Because it’s impossible to defend yourself when you’re unconscious, knockouts play a critical role in any fight, whether it takes place in the ring or on the street. In our September issue, we explored the physiological effects of a knockout and why head trauma is such a controversial
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  6. Jim Arvanitis Resurrects Pankration: The First Mixed Martial Art

    Jim Arvanitis Resurrects Pankration: The First Mixed Martial Art

    There’s no denying that Jim Arvanitis is a skilled martial artist. He moves like a 30-year-old both on his feet and on the ground, where he flows from technique to technique with an ease you seldom see outside a high-end grappling school. And there’s no denying that he’s a martial
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  7. What Do MMA, Pro Wrestling and Traditional Martial Arts Have in Common?

    What Do MMA, Pro Wrestling and Traditional Martial Arts Have in Common?

    I had never seen anyone quite like Ken Shamrock, who at 6 feet 1 inch tall and 217 pounds handily dropped opponent after opponent in World Wrestling Entertainment (then World Wrestling Federation) matches. An Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran, Ken Shamrock brought a unique style to the pro-wrestling milieu in 1997,
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  8. European Martial Arts: Where Combat Sports and Military Training Collide

    European Martial Arts: Where Combat Sports and Military Training Collide

    The Asian martial arts have received a tremendous amount of exposure in the past century and are now almost universally known. Meanwhile, we in the West have neglected many of our own martial arts traditions, which in some cases have fallen into obscurity—much as the Asian systems had at the
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  9. Gokor Chivichyan: Fighting Tall Opponents

    Gokor Chivichyan: Fighting Tall Opponents

    If you don’t know Gokor, you’re not really into grappling. Disagree all you want, but you can’t dispute the fact that Gokor Chivichyan is the go-to guy for submissions, especially leg locks. He was inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame in 1997 as Judo Instructor of the Year,
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  10. Mark Hatmaker: Rock of Gibraltar Training Drill

    Mark Hatmaker: Rock of Gibraltar Training Drill

    Mark Hatmaker is the author of the best-selling No Holds Barred Fighting series, Boxing Mastery and No Second Chance: A Reality-Based Guide to Self-Defense. His resume includes extensive experience in the combat arts, including boxing, wrestling, Brazilian jiu-jitsu and muay Thai. He is a highly regarded coach of professional and
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