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.