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The Swiss have kept Alps wrestling for generations (Part 2)

The national wrestling championship in Switzerland is usually held in the Bermese Oberland region with the most beautiful and poetic Alps, with the participation of about 50 athletes including the champions of 16 places. Phuong throughout the country.

Athletes compete on a dirt field covered with sawdust, with a circumference of 18-24 feet (the measurement unit in Europe). Swiss athletes compete in traditional wrestling classes that range in weight, from 163 pounds (about 73 kg) to 265 pounds (about 119 kg), but until the final, the weight problem they do not need care more. At that time the only goal was to win the national championship with the prize being a calf leading home!

In the wrestling technique of the Swiss Alps, athletes have to use many decoys and strikes, in order to make the opponent lose balance, and then use personal strength to throw Unleash the opponent, ending the match. The important thing is that the athlete is able to make the best shot of the opponent, but only with the least effort. Many points are awarded for this basic technique.

Rolling and falling techniques are especially popular in wrestling in the Alps. In addition, there are also techniques used on the ground. Throws to the shoulders like seoi nage technique of Judo are very rare in Swiss wrestling. Any throw from a shoulder in Swiss wrestling is the result of crouching down to grab the opponent’s legs to lift and throw.

Swiss wrestling matches tend to require more time, so physical endurance is needed for a series of matches in a day. A match takes place in two halves of 10 minutes each. A Swiss wrestling athlete is considered victorious when throwing an opponent back to the ground, or the neck and buttocks are clamped, or the neck and heel are held firmly on the ground.

Wrestling matches start from a predetermined position with the athletes hugging each other. Usually, athletes use the right hand to tighten the leather belt at the opponent’s waist, while the left hand holds the crotch, similar to the technique of Japanese Sumo.

The popularity of wrestling in the Alps today has spread throughout the country. In street markets, many wrestling clubs have been established to serve the majority.



The Swiss have kept Alps wrestling for generations (Part 1)

On the other hand, things related to wrestling in the Swiss Alps have not been recorded by any history, but it has been handed down from generation to generation by the oral route.

Nonetheless, wrestling athletes in the Swiss Alps have their respect for their traditional arts. Since then, they have together preserved the originality of this wrestling through many generations.

Wrestling in the Swiss Alps is characterized by dressing during competition. Wrestling athletes in the Swiss Alps often wear two short pieces of cloth resembling the colorful embroidered belts of Japanese Sumo athletes, but they wear long pants and a round neck T-shirt having arms, unlike Japanese Sumo athletes who rarely wear clothes. Or is it because of the cold weather of the highest mountain in Europe?

However, it can be seen that the costumes of wrestling athletes in the Swiss Alps are similar to those of Sumo athletes in Korea today. In addition, athletes of the wrestling of the two countries Switzerland and South Korea are wearing socks while competing to protect their feet.

This is completely different from European and Eastern customs, as evidenced by the wrestling athletes in the Swiss Alps who wear shoes while competing against the barefoot of the sports. Judo and Sumo students from Japan.

The Swiss have kept their wrestling in the Alps of their country very dedicated. Through this art discipline, the Swiss have promoted skills such as: agility, courage and courage – which are seen as symbols of the national spirit.

Today, wrestling in the Alps has flourished, creating a great influence in all parts of the country. For example, wrestling has developed quite well-known in the regions such as Bermese Alps, Emmental, Entlebuch and especially the central region of Switzerland.

Wrestling in the Swiss Alps is often referred to as “swinging”, because most competitions are combined with a stalagmite competition. During the competition, fans often gathered to watch the athletes throw the farthest flying rocks, and when they do, they often lose momentum, making their bodies swing in the air!



Alps mountain wrestling – the pride of the Swiss

Taking a quick look around the world, one can see that most of the great wrestling athletes, just as they were, were from Judo or Sumo martial arts schools of Japan. But the Swiss Alps, thousands of miles away from Japan, have a long-standing wrestling, in which there are more or less similarities with Judo and Sumo.

Alps wrestling

It is interesting that in the Swiss Alps, every year, about 50 young local champions of traditional wrestling compete for the national championship by throwing wrestling like the taiotoshi of Judo or lifting moves like tsuridashi of Sumo.

So it can be said that today’s Swiss generation almost no one to study Judo or Sumo to arrive, but they only learn wrestling in the mountains of their own Alps.

Having appeared for hundreds of years

So far, according to historical records, no evidence has been found of contact between Swiss wrestling athletes and Judo athletes and Sumo in the past. In other words, there is no evidence to show the relationship between wrestling in the Swiss Alps and Judo and Sumo, although these have marked each other as they developed in the two. Land separated from the planet.

There is no evidence to show the relationship between wrestling in the Swiss Alps and Judo and Sumo.

Moreover, there is a similarity between wrestling in the Swiss Alps and Sumo in Korea, a neighboring country of Japan. Those who won the annual wrestling tournament in the Swiss Alps often receive the prize of a calf with a wreath on two horns to lead home to work in the field afterwards. The same thing happened in Korea.

The prize is a calf carrying a wreath on two horns

Besides the similarities mentioned above, wrestling in the Swiss Alps has different points with Japanese Judo and Sumo. First of all, Japanese Sumo still has traces proving that its traditional roots have existed for over 2000 years.

At the same time, no one knows how Swiss wrestling has existed, as no historical documents related to this issue have been found. It is only told that wrestling in the Swiss Alps has been around for hundreds of years!




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