Ancient Greek WRESTLERS
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WRESTLING is part of the martial arts. A wrestling match consists of physical engagement between two people in which each wrestler strives to get an advantage over, or control of, the opponent. Physical techniques used, include clinching, holding, locking, application of leverage and takedowns.
Particular wrestling styles, have particular rules. Also, one can distinguish between traditional and non-traditonal styles of wrestling.
Basic principles of wrestling can be found in military hand-to-hand combat and self-defence systems.
PANCRATIUM (Pankration, pancrace, pankratos, pancrazio, pagration, pangration, pangkration, pancraio, paradosimos, pankration, pancratium, sanda) is composed of pan and kratos, and accordingly signifies an athletic game, in which all the powers of the fighter were called into action.
The Pancratium was one of the games or gymnastic contests which were exhibited at all the great festivals of Greece; it consisted of boxing and wrestling (pigmi and pali), and was reckoned to be one of the heavy or hard exercises (varea or varitera), on account of the violent exertions it required, and for this reason it was not much practised in the gymnasia; and where it was practised, it was probably not without modifications to render it easier for the boys.
According to the ancient physicians it had very rarely a beneficial influence upon health. At Sparta the regular Pancratium was forbidden, but the name was there applied to a fierce and irregular fight not controlled by any rules, in which even biting and scratching were not uncommon, and in which, in short, everything was allowed by which one of the parties might hope to overcome the other.
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