This question can break off into many, many, many different tangents, including but not limited to… What situation? Are there weapons involved? How many attackers are there? Are we talking about fighting on another planet? For self-defense, competition, or fitness?
|Tim McFatridge (pictured top right blue shorts) taught our school some basic wrestling a while back. That’s me getting slammed by my uncle in the top left – he’s about 6’ 2” 225 lbs, so that did not feel good!|
Sure you may hit a wrestler a few times, but once he has you in his clutches – its game over. Having been on the receiving end of some vicious takedowns, I have never felt as helpless as to when I was sparring a fighter with a strong wrestling background and they got ahold of me. What most impressed me was how solid they felt, even when they were just blocking. It was like hitting a brick wall!
Their balance and stability is frightening, even if their punching is lackluster. If you allow them to lock you up, every striking skill you thought you had is rendered useless.
It also has the benefit of de-escalating a situation on the street – you can stop an attacker and pin him down without actually hurting him. Or if a fan jumps on to your football field, you can humiliate him in front of everybody.
I should mention that even though I have an extreme respect for wrestling, I have only had maybe 10 hours of training time in it. Even with a couple of years in jiu jitsu, my main focus has always been the stand-up arts – TKD and Boxing. I believe every martial artist can benefit from wrestling, if not just to learn more about core balance and a strong stance.
I honestly have no idea if wrestling is something you can casually train outside of school (that is, public or private educational institutions). I did not wrestle in high school or college (much to my detriment) and I have no interest in learning “entertainment wrestling”.
Are there even schools out there that teach wrestling without strings attached (school sports or entertainment purposes)? If so, sign me up!
Troy Seeling is a 1st degree black belt and instructor in Tae Kwon Do, with 5 years experience in Boxing and a two-year white belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Troy also instructs a strength and fitness class, and helps to manage his families' dojo, North Texas Karate Academy In his spare time, he enjoys trying different forms of physical fitness, including Olympic weight lifting and distance running. He also enjoys film photography with antique cameras. You can contact Troy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ed note: Opinions in "Troy-Kwon-Do" posts are those of Troy Seeling, and I don't always agree. As the scion of a wrestling family (seriously - my Uncle is in the Missouri Wrestling Hall of Fame), today's post gives me too many flashbacks of keeping time and throwing rolled up and taped towels at referees at tournaments. -The Stick Chick