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.