Wrestling is one of the most diverse sports in the world with nearly 200 countries participating worldwide. Wrestling was presented during every modern Summer Olympics except in Paris 1900. Wrestling builds determination, zeal, perseverance, and Wrestlers are known for their hard work ethic.
Works of art from 3000bc depict belt wrestling in Babylonia and Egypt, and the Sumerian Gilgamesh epic has a description of wrestling in hand-to-hand combat, and as a sportive form of combat substituting the submission of a contestant for his death
Wrestling, which was always popular in ancient Greece, occupied a prominent place in the Olympic Games. It was developed by ancient Greeks as a way of training soldiers in hand-to-hand combat. After the Greeks were defeated, the Roman Empire borrowed from Greek wrestling, but eliminated much of the brutality.
The Gauteng North Wrestling Association is affiliated with the South African Wrestling Federation (SASF). The SASF has been re-incorporated into organizations such as: SASCOC (SA Olympic Body), CALA (African Body) and UWW (United World Wrestling).
Wrestling provides opportunities and involvement for the whole family. Boys and girls participate in wrestling, while parents can get involved in aspects such as coaching, team management, administration, and refereeing.
There are currently ten wrestling clubs affiliated with Gauteng North Wrestling and the core of wrestling in the country is also located here. Each wrestling club has registered and trained coaches. Some of our country’s current best wrestlers come from Gauteng North.
Wrestling is competed in two wrestling styles namely, Greco-Roman and Freestyle wrestling. Only males participate in Greco-Roman wrestling from the age of 13.
One of the major differences between the two styles is that in Greco-Roman wrestling, a competitor cannot hold his opponent below the waist. He can use his torso and body to take down the opponent and cannot use his legs for defensive or attacking purposes. So, the emphasis is more on throws, balance manoeuvres and hand techniques.
In freestyle wrestling, which is also followed in the women’s division, a competitor can hold a rival below the waist and employ leg attacks.
The techniques and strategies in freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling vary due to this basic difference and the scoring also varies in both styles.
Wrestling is practiced in the following age groups:
- Long Term Development Programme (Bulletjies) – 5 to 8 years old Beginners.
- Schools Youth U/9 to U/15.
- Presidents Schools
- Presidents Juniors
- U/17 Years Old (Cadets)
- U/20 years old (Juniors)
- Senior – 20 years and older.
- Masters – 35 to 60 years old
Benefits of Wrestling
There are psychological and physical benefits of wrestling that are widely known and recommended by Educational Psychologists, Occupational Therapists and Bio kineticists. Keep in mind that this valuable “therapy” is obtained without it being experienced by the child as therapy.
Some benefits that are often attributed to wrestling exercises:
- Increased self-confidence
- Improved muscle tone
- Strengthening the shoulder belt
- Increased flexibility
- Improved hand-eye coordination
- Midline crossing problems are addressed
- Increase in maths marks
- Learn to re-channel aggression to positive energy
- Decrease in body mass in overweight children
- Naturally developed and muscular body.