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Greco-Roman & Freestyle
Extracted from the various wrestling styles from Turkish oil to the Japanese Sumo and the Cumberland Catch Can, Freestyle and Greco-Roman are the two original styles accepted in the Olympic games for sporting competition.
- Greco-Roman is a derivation from the original Olympic wrestling games which forbids any use of any part of the body waist down.
- Freestyle as the name reveals allows the use of any part of the body. At LAW we mainly train in Freestyle.
Matches take place on a mat with a marked out circular ‘ring’. They are usually divided into three 2 minute periods. The first wrestler to win two periods wins the match. Win by pinning your opponent’s shoulders to the mat, or by scoring points for takedowns, exposure (turning your opponent) or reversals (gaining control). Penalty points can be awarded for various fouls or stepping out of bounds. Submission holds, chokes, bars and locks do not have any place here!
Freestyle and Greco-Roman are big competitive sports around the globe – particularly strong in the many Eastern European and Middle Eastern countries.
Both styles are well regulated by FILA (Fédération Internationale des Luttes Associées) and the Olympic council throughout including competition scoring which results in the final score to decide the winner.
- FILA rules for Greco-Roman/Freestyle wrestling (PDF)
- Wikipedia entry on Freestyle
- Wikipedia entry on Greco-Roman
Submission is an extention of Olympic wrestling by including chokes and joint locks to cause the opponent to submit due to discomfort or pain. The opponent signals their submission by tapping out (tapping the mat or their opponent).
It can be considered rather like Judo without the gee (clothing). It brings together many aspects of freestyle wrestling, Brazilian jujitsu, sambo and judo. It also forms an important part of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and can be a useful component in self-defence.
Submission Grappling was finally officially acknowledged by FILA (Fédération Internationale des Luttes Associées) in 2006 and is on course to become an official Olympic sport.