'Upset her balance and take her down’
Truly women’s contest
Combative sports classification based on the balance contest
Balance, coordination, speed, discretion, quick wit, strength, grace and femininity!
Essentially standing contest,
delicate struggling for keeping balance,
with a substantial psychological component –
this is just for us!
Quick toe-to-toe strength and balance contest consisting in attempts to rock the other girl off her standing position. The main goal is to cause her to go off balance in order to make her touch the ground with any body part other than the sole of her feet (preferably by her back) or (in some styles) to push her out of the circle.
The first known official wrestling match happened at the 18th Olympic games in 708 B.C. There were two styles of Ancient Olympic Wrestling – ground style (‘Kato Pale’) and upright style (‘Orthia Pale’). The rules were the same except in the upright wrestling style a wrestler had to throw his opponent to the ground three separate times in order to win the match. The upright style was considered as more aesthetic and noble. By the way. ancient Spartan women wrestled just in the upright style.
As a matter of fact, the most of traditional wrestling styles all over the world essentially come to a balance contest. Whoever manages to drop the opponent having him/her touch the ground by any part other than a foot is a winner (or, in some styles to push the opponent out of the circle).
During past decades, just these wrestling forms became widely popular among women – both in form of official competitions of informal contests and tournaments.
The contact sport style ‘Upset her balance and take her down’ seemed to be the form of contest precisely designed for women matching their psychology and physical nature. Competing in balance, coordination, speed, discretion, quick wit, strength, grace and femininity, women realize their natural desire for contesting (including physical) – without tough and brutal moves like punches to face, locking joints, squeezing the body, chokes, pain techniques, etc.
The balance contest is quick, that’s why a contestant should sense the opponent’s intention, even hidden from spectator’s view, trying to sense her move even sooner than she did it. It is not just a physical but also an imperceptible psychological contest between two female characters.
Female matches in Schwingen, Sumo, Gouren and other ‘standing styles’ last just for seconds; they are full of not only physical but also psychological contest of two female characters. Even in the combative sports in which ground fighting is allowed, female standing contest and takedowns are the most impressive and gracious moments.
he strategy and tactics of a standing contest depend on rules and terms of a particular style, especially on admissibility of grasping the opponent’s attire. In some styles, wrestlers wear special belts (like Sumo, Kuresh, Ssireum) or combative shorts (Schwingen, Glima) or jackets (Judo, Boke) as well as their combination (Gouren, Lucha Canaria).In some styles a match begins in a given position (Sumo, Backhold). In other styles, wrestlers may grab each other by arms or torso (Wesuwa, Greco-Roman), in some – by legs (freestyle, beach).
Two Women Wrestling
Ferdinando Tacca (Italian, 1619-1686/90) and workshop
Wrestling matches between women as well as men
were a form of court entertainment in 17th-century Italy
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