Monday, March 30, 2009



Greco-Roman wrestling is a style of amateur wrestling that is practiced throughout the world. Along with freestyle, it is one of the two styles of wrestling contested in the Olympic games.
Colloquially referred to simply as Greco, this style of
wrestling forbids attacks below the waist. As a result, throws are encouraged as the Greco-Roman wrestler cannot avoid being thrown by simply hooking or grabbing his opponent's leg. Otherwise, the sport is similar to freestyle.
Arm drags, bearhugs, and headlocks found in freestyle have greater prominence in Greco-Roman. Throws especially known as a
suplex are used, in which the offensive wrestler lifts his opponent in a high arch while falling backward on his own neck to a bridge in order to bring his opponent's shoulders down to the mat. Even on the mat, a Greco-Roman wrestler must still find several ways to turn his opponent's shoulders to the mat for a fall without legs, including (but not limited to) techniques known as the bodylock and the gut-wrench.[1]
According to the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA), Greco-Roman wrestling is one of the six main forms of amateur competitive wrestling practiced internationally today. The other five forms are freestyle wrestling, grappling (also called submission wrestling), beach wrestling, pankration athlima and alysh.



Breaking it down, Tae means to destroy with the feet; Kwon means to strike or smash with the hand; and Do means "path", "way" or "method". Therefore Taekwondo is often translated as meaning "the way of the feet and fist". Another common translation is “the art of smashing with the hands and feet”.

As with many other traditional martial arts, taekwondo is a combination of self-defence, sport, exercise, philosophy and (more recently) moral guidance.

As one can assume from the name there is a large emphasis on using kicks. In sparring, turning, front, reverse turning and side kicks are most often used; advanced kicks include jump, spin, sliding, and skip kicks, often in combination.