On display at Columbia University is a piece of papyrus parchment dated between 100 - 200 AD, and it is essentially an instruction manual written in Greek on wrestling. Any of this sound familiar:
- "You underhook with your right arm. You wrap your arm around his, where he has taken the underhook, and attack the side with your left foot. You push away with your left hand. You force the hold and fight it out."
- "Stand to the side of your opponent and with your right arm take a headlock and fight it out."
Fascinating find in my humble opinion. Wrestling is natural. I see it in everyone man, woman, and child I teach... they naturally gravitate to grappling. Striking has to be taught and encouraged, tying up with someone is very natural and almost everyone enjoys doing it to some extent!
|An excellent example of leverage, but|
NOT a legal move in modern grappling!!
From a combative sense grappling is essential. Ancient warriors faced enemies with swords, knives, axes, etc. so attaining the overhook, underhook, or two-on-one (the three essential control positions in standing clinch when dealing with weapons) was key in surviving the battle. So naturally when humans became more "civilized" their sports reflected their combatives, after all you needed a safe way to train what you would use on the battlefield.
Great addition to the historical record of grappling as a sport and essential facet of self defense throughout the ages!