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DICK’S

ART OFWRESTLING.
A HANDBOOK
OF

THOROGH INSTRUCTION,
CONTAINING A DESCRIPTION OF THE DIFFERENT METHODS OF WRESTLING GENERALLY ADOPTED AT THE PRESENT TIME FULLY ILLUSTRATED BY WELL-DESIGNED ENGRAVINGS, EXHIBITING ALL THE aggressive AND DEFENSIVE POSITIONS NECESSARY FOR SUCCESS

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OR BACK-HEEL. . . . . . TO PREVENT THE CROSS-BUTTOCK. . . THE BUTTOCK AND CROSS-BUTTOCK. . . . . . IN CLAMP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ————— PAGE INTRODUCTORY. THE FORWARD THROW. . . . . . . . . . . . TO PREVENT THE LEFT-LEG STROKE. . . THE LEFT-LEG HIPE. . 7 9 9 10 11 15 15 16 17 17 18 18 19 20 21 22 22 22 22 23 23 24 24 25 25 26 26 . . . . . . . . THE PINION. . TO PREVENT THE BACK-HEEL. . . . . . . . GERMAN STYLE OF WRESTLING. . THE HOLD. . . . CUMBERLAND WRESTLING. . . . . . . . IMPROVING THE HOLD. . . . . . THE WRESTLING RING. . . . . . . . . . . TO PREVENT THE FORWARD THROW. . TO PREVENT THE LEFT-LEG HIPE.. IN PLAY. . . . TO PREVENT THE HANGING TRIPPET. . THE BACK-HANK. OR LOCK. . . . THE MANNER OF TEACHING. . . . . . . . . . . STROKES COMBINED WITH OTHER MODES OF ATTACK. . . . LEFT-LEG STROKE. . BACK CLAMP. .CONTENTS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . THE BACKWARD THROW. HAMMING. . . . THE HANK. . . . (3) . . . . HANGING TRIPPET. . . .

. . . . . . TO PREVENT THE CROSS-BUTTOCK. . ARM ROUND THE NECK. . . . . . . . . . TO PREVENT BEING THROWN BY THE FULL-HOLD. . TO RESIST THE LEG ATTACK. . . . . . LOCKS. . . .. . . CROSS-BUTTOCK. . . . THE RUSH. . . . ROUND THE . . . . FULL-HOLD. . . . THE WRESTLING POSITION. . . . . . . . THE HOLD. . THROWS OVER THE SHOULDER. . . . ATTITUDE OF DEFENSE. . . . . . . . . . LOOSE WRESTLING (“Catch-as-Catch-Can”). . . . . . . ANOTHER WAY OF TRIPPING-UP. . . . . THE SWISS SWING. . . ARM ROUND THE BODY. . . . AND CROSS. . CHOPPER. . . . . . . . THE HEAD IN CHANCERY. . . . GUARDING. . . TO PREVENT THE HEAD IN CHANCERY. . 46 49 49 48 50 . . . . . . . . . . . CROSS-BUTTOCK. . . . . BUTTOCK. TO PREVENT THE CROSS-BUTTOCK. . ROUND BLOWS. . . . TRIPPING-UP. BLOWS. . . . . TO PREVENT BEING THROWN BY THE RUSH. THE STYRIAN WRESTLE. . BOXING. . .4 CONTENTS PAGE TO PREVENT THE BACK CLAMP. . . . . . . . . . LAYING HOLD OF THE LEGS. . ARM NECK. . . . . . . ARM BODY. . . . . . . 26 27 28 28 29 30 30 31 31 32 33 35 35 36 37 37 40 41 41 43 43 44 ROUND THE . . . . AND CROSS-BUTTOCK. . . . . . . . ————— . .

“ 13.—LAYING HOLD OF THE LEGS (another way).—LAYING HOLD OF THE LEGS. “ 9. “ 6. “ 5.—HEAD IN CHANCERY. “ 16. .—CROSS-BUTTOCK (ARM ROUND THE BODY). . . . AND CROSS-BUTTOCK.—GERMAN. “ 4. .—THE HOLD. . 1. .—THROW OVER THE SHOULDER (another way). “ 17. . . . . “ 2. “ 15. “ 7. ————— PAGE FIG. “ 14. . . .—THROW OVER THE SHOULDER. . . .L I S T O F I L L U S T R AT I O N S . . . “ 11.—THE LEFT-LEG STROKE.—CROSS-BUTTOCK FALL. . . . . . . . . . . .—CUMBERLAND HOLD. . .—HANK. . . . (5) 19 15 17 19 21 23 25 27 28 29 30 32 33 34 36 38 39 . . OR LOCK. “ 3. OR BACK-HEEL. . . .—THE LEFT-LEG HIPE.—BACK-HANK. “ 12. . . . OR FULL-HOLD.—FULL-HOLD. . . . . . . .—THE WRESTLING POSITION. .—CROSS-BUTTOCK (ARM ROUND THE NECK). “ 10. “ 8. .

—THE STYRIAN WRESTLE. 40 41 43 43 44 44 ————— BOXING. . “ 20. . . . . . . . “ “ “ 21. . “ 23. . . . “ 19. 46 48 51 52 . . FIG. . . . .—TRIPPING UP. “ 27. . “ “ “ 22. . .—TRIPPING UP. 18. . . . . .—BLOWS. . . “ 25. .—TRIPPING UP. . “ 26.—TRIPPING UP (another way).—GUARDING. . 24. . .—THE SWISS SWING. .6 LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS PAGE FIG. . .—ATTITUDE. . . . . . . .—GUARDING. . . .

————— INTRODUCTORY. Wrestling has long been a prominent pastime (7) . The English. but we know that wrestling was one of the sports adopted by both Romans and Greeks at their periodical public “games. and endurance.DICK’S ART OF WRESTLNG. even in those early times. and has doubtless existed ever since man possessed the attributes of muscle and emulation. the first champion wrestler on record. were subjected to rules and regulations specially provided for their “agonizing”—as the Greeks termed all physical contests. it was probably employed as a natural method of testing physical strength. as a nation. have always been fostering patrons of all manly and field sports. somewhat after the “catch-as-you-can” style. In the times of Jacob. agility. and physical superiority and pluck have never lacked the support and encouragement of all classes of society.” and that the contestants. W RESTLING is decidedly one of the most ancient of athletic sports.

the Græco-Roman meets with considerable favor. which was codified more than sixty years ago. in the north of England. where successful wrestlers receive unmarked public encouragement. German.8 INTRODUCTORY. finds but little favor outside of Cornwall. with the hardy. This new importation has tended to give special prominence to the “catch-as-youcan” method. The more barbarous characteristics of the Cornish style. in which agility is one of the chief elements of success. and the various aggressive and defensive positions and movements are described and graphically illustrated. the Cumberland. In America there appears to be no specific or national style of wrestling. At present. and their method. as it is generally deemed more fitting for bears and mules than for athletes. muscular men who dwell in the mountainous region of Cumberland and Westmoreland. and the Japanese style has also been introduced by a native of Japan. introducing the hug and kick. the different systems at present in vogue in America are referred to in turn. and Græco-Roman methods being adopted according to circumstances. is still one of the most popular of the present day. In the following pages. where it is practiced by the miners and wreckers. .

Then go through the whole of the falls described. ————— THE MANNER OF TEACHING varies but little for the different styles of wresling. or ought to be thrown. around which stand or sit those not actually engaged. of course. 9 Wrestling takes place in a ring about 25 feet in diameter.—Having shown the various ways of throwing a man. are all that is required to make the falls less painful. and the correct position for attack or defence. or cocoanut matting. if the attacking party sets about it properly. Only when your pupils have thoroughly mastered the various movements necessary in throwing and stopping. in the open air. First show the hold. the other offering all facilities for his doing so. the other stops. will then be thrown. One man attacks. confining them at first to two or . THE WRESTLING RING. Turf. One man attacks. and we will therefore give a few hints applicable to all styles.THE MANNER OF TEACHING. you show how to stop each mode of attack. you allow them to wrestle with each other. or a mixture of sawdust and tan. The latter.

In the former both your arms pass below those of your antagonist. This style is saddled with most restrictions.10 GERMAN STYLE OF WRESTLING three modes of throwing. to throw him by tripping up FIG. and similar manœuvres. As a rule. until they are fit for voluntary practice. nor to turn your back toward him. none should be permitted to wrestle until they have reached some proficiency in ordinary gymnastics. A distinction is made between full hold and half hold. in the latter .1. ————— GERMAN STYLE OF WRESTLING. for you are not permitted to touch your antagonist below the waist.

The guard against your antagonist obtaining the full hold is shown Fig. At the same time. it should .CUMBERLAND WRESTLING. The back should be bent. to prevent the antagonist from hugging you close. The hands are not required to remain locked. each man is permitted to improve his hold by passing one or both arms underneath those of his antagonist. and each endeavors to gain the full hold. the other above. but in the latter both wrestlers are on a footing of equality. A man is thrown if both his shoulders touch the ground. but not as much as those of the German style. as in Fig. in both cases. or by swinging him round sidewards. and then forcing him down backwards (pressing with your chin upon his shoulder). 11 one arm passes below. but. Sometimes the wrestlers start with half hold. The former hold offers a great advantage. This style of wrestling is general in the greater part of England. 15. Brute strength is mainly decisive in this style of wresling. You throw your antagonist by first lifting him off the ground. The rules of this style of wrestling are restrictive. as in Cumberland style. sometimes they start facing each other. ————— CUMBERLAND WRESTLING. 1.

If the umpire is satisfied the hold is fair. He shall then direct one of them to take hold without shrinking his right breast and shoulder underneath his opponent’s. shall immediately give the word. is therefore not lost. making proper allowance for contracting the arms by grasping the back of his opponent. If the umpire perceives that either party is striving for an advantage. and the higher part of their breasts against each other. the umpire shall place them at such a distance as the size of the men may render necessary for ulterior proceedings. when this is the case. even in the case of those whose predilections lead them to the other style. and some time devoted to the Cumberland style.12 CUMBERLAND WRESTLING. We first of all give the English rules: I. He shall then cause them to square their shoulders. and the arms stretched out so that the hands are in line with the nipple of the breast. an d so as to preserve a perfect equality in the use of the right arm. on being modified in a suitable manner. he shall cause the other to take hold likewise without shrinking. or swerving to either side. be observed that the principal falls and stops of which a Cumberland man avails himself are available also. the hold will be something below the level of the nipples. to the loose style of wrestling. or . in such a manner that the right and left shoulder-blades of both are perfectly level. When two men cannot soon agree in taking hold. which being done.

or if the first takerhold strike before it can be clearly ascertained that the other has hold. when wrestling. he shall cross them both out without further loss of time. but if one of the parties only lose his grasp. and they remain opposite each other on terms of perfect equality. he shall decide the fall against him. or obtains such an advantage by it as. II. in the judgment of the umpire. the men get disengaged by their hands slipping over each other’s head.CUMBERLAND WRESTLING. if one throw the other before they remain stationary or fronting each other. and if the same conduct be repeated. it shall be in the option of either party to leave go. If the man who takes the latter hold makes play at the same time and either throws his opponent. and if neither party will implicitly obey his directions. and take hold again. or the fall terminates.”—viz. .. the fall shall be wrestled over again. it shall be deemed perfectly fair for the other to continue the wrestle till he does so likewise. as at the first meeting. If both the parties during a struggle become disengaged. If. and obtains a similar advantage by doing so. occasions the ultimate termination of the fall. III. 13 will not take hold. it shall be deemed a fair fall. the offender shall lose the fall (this rule provides against a “Snap. when one man begins to wrestle before the other has a fair hold and is ready for him).

a dog-fall. it shall not interfere with his claim to the fall (a wrestler is considered fairly to cover his man if he fall with only one leg across him). by accident. but if his adversary. which is the immediate occasion or object of quitting the hold. yet in such a manner as is obviously the consequence resulting from such manœuvre. as provincially termed. it shall be deemed a wrestle over again. he shall win the fall. . If the effort occasions both parties to lose their hold. shall be considered conclusive of his being down in all cases. or. and the decision shall be given without any regard to the circumstance of making play. except he is fairly covering his man. and it is occasioned by the desire of making the fall easier to himself or his antagonist.14 CUMBERLAND WRESTLING. goes to the ground without recovering himself. and does not go down by that effort or manœuvre. After the men have both taken hold. and both or neither go down. A man’s knees or hands. touching the ground. either in endeavoring to save himself. if it be not immediately. V. when such is the manifest intention. if either of them quits it. or either of them. IV. he shall lose the fall. or by attempting to throw his adversary. provided his adversary retains his own hold. it shall be deemed a wrestle over. though retaining his hold. If both men go down in such a manner that it cannot be clearly and distinctly ascertained which of them was first on the ground.

Shrink your right breast under that of . Rule I. IMPROVING THE HOLD. 2. and the weight of the body rests exclusively upon the right leg.CUMBERLAND WRESTLING. hook your fingers. The legs are astride the left foot about two feet forwards. and press back of the left hand upon the antagonist’s right loin. 2. Place your right arm inside your antagonist’s left arm. FIG. clearly points out how to improve the hold. THE HOLD 15 is shown Fig. The shoulders must be squared and the collar bones of both wrestlers on the same level as explained above in Rule I.

These movements are very similar and they FIG. or pinion his right arm by pressing upon it with your left.16 CUMBERLAND WRESTLING. They are generally done facing to the right (buttock) or to the right about (cross-buttock). tighten your arms around his loins. the antagonist. then pull him close toward you. Suddenly turn or twist round to the right so as to place your left hip under your antagonist’s belly. thus lifting him off the ground. 3. succeed best with a slack hold. and if you continue to turn . THE BUTTOCK AND CROSS-BUTTOCK. stoop forwards.

CUMBERLAND WRESTLING. crouch down and withdraw your head. place his right leg. you must place your feet in front of his feet. (See page 19. if you fail in the buttock. TO SAVE YOURSELF FROM BEING THROWN BY A CROSS-BUTTOCK. 17 round. or his left inside the right. that the hands must remain locked during these movements. and not between them. This should be performed very rapidly. You can save yourself from being thrown if you hold your antagonist firmly round the body. The wrestler may place his right leg inside the left of his adversary. when the foeman will fall over his knees. or suddenly slip under his adversary’s left arm.—Having faced round.) In the cross-buttock you face to the right about to such an extent that your back is turned to your antagonist and then proceed as before. and clasp his back with the right arm. he will fall on his back. 11. under you (Fig. making with the point of his foot the trip on the forepart of his antagonist’s leg. and are shifted round by degrees. with the knee bent. you should try the back-hank.) THE FORWARD THROW. 3. Compare Fig. We need hardly add. On the other hand. between the other’s legs. The blow of the knee is given when an antago- .

In resisting an attempt to throw you in this manner. or the left leg outwards behind his left leg. the weaker and shorter wrestler must lower himself gently. and to draw or push him in a contrary direction. To resist this attack. with the knee behind his. put one of his own legs behind that upon which the antagonist stands. his right arm may bear down the shoulder of the latter. and pressing strongly on his breast. Height and strength give one man a great advantage over another. bending backwards. the forehead of the former may press against that of the latter. and he may overthrow him by thus bending the upper part of the body upon his hips. pull it up forcibly. nist. till he can seize with his lower hand either leg of the stronger man. the left arm of the stronger may move away the right arm of the weaker. This is executed by placing either the right leg outwards behind the right of the antagonist. BACKWARD THROW.18 CUMBERLAND WRESTLING. lean the upper part of his body forward. stretches one of his legs forward to overturn. TO PREVENT THE FORWARD THROW. and quickly overthrow him. a strong push in that part. The instant must then be seized to give him. quickly .

Make a movement as if about to give the buttock. THE BACK-HANK. 19 disengage the leg attacked. and then push from right to left without moving the foot which holds. One may. One may likewise let the body incline to the left. the left leg of his antagonist by tacking it under the calf. and throw it to the rear beyond your adversary’s reach. moreover. by pulling him with the left hand and pushing with the right. give a push from left to right. and take advantage of that moment to place the end of the right foot exterior to the foot of his antagonist.CUMBERLAND WRESTLING. 4. so as to stand with your left side to your . and make him fall on his back FIG. OR LOCK. lift quickly from the right. with the top of his foot.

Once effected.20 CUMBERLAND WRESTLING. and force your antagonist over backwards. yet leaning the body backwards. Place your left leg at least three-quarters of a yard forward. drawing your left back. turn suddenly to the left. and pass it from the inside round your antagonist’s right leg. antagonist. with your left elbow crossed over his breast that your hand may roach his arm. your palm being upwards. then with a sharp stroke of the left elbow across his breast you may easily force him backward over your left thigh. Take your opponent's right hand with your left. IN PLAY. Whilst effecting this movement. suddenly step in to him with your right. let the right hand cross to the left arm : if the adversary attempts to trip your left leg. then play your left leg loose behind. you may close in at one step quickly with your right to his right. or your antagonist may succeed in throwing you forwards. Then raise your left leg backwards. 4). even to his left heel. keep yourself nearly upright. and play your left leg behind him. so as to bring your instep in front of his shin (Fig. You must be sure to make the step with your left leg so near him that if he does not attempt to trip up that log. twist his hand outwards and lift it upwards to make way for . twist your body a little to the left. bearing your whole weight upon it.

(Fig. OR BACK-HEEL. Pull your antagonist toward you and put your left heel behind his right heel. Then throw the Whole of your weight upon him.) . FIG 5. 5. 21 your head. You are thus able to throw him backwards.CUMBERLAND WRESTLING. then lean backwards and throw him over your head. THE HANK. which you put underneath his right armpit: all the time holding his hand down to his left side. lay your other arm along his belly. at the same time forcing his foot up forwards. lift him up as high as your head.

but cannot bring his leg forwards. put back your foot. swing him round to the right. HANGING TRIPPET. slide your leg behind his and let your toe go before his other standing ankle. try to face whilst coming to the ground. but your leg is passed behind the antagonists knee (the hock) instead of behind his heel. Get your leg out of the way. bear him backwards. . You can also meet this attack by the right-leg hipe:—as soon as your antagonist advances his left leg to hank you. If attacked in this manner. This is when you put your toe behind your adversary’s heel on the same side. or pull hard by his elbow.22 TO CUMBERLAND WRESTLING. BY THE HANGING The only way to prevent the hanging trippet. TO PREVENT BEING THROWN TRIPPET. with a design to hook his leg up forwards. or if caught. HAMMING is done in a similar manner to the back-heel. and throw him on his back. and throw him backwards. trip or draught. hipe him with the right thigh. PREVENT BEING THROWN BY THE BACK-HEEL. When you take the hanging trippet. supposing your antagonist raises his left leg. or. is to turn in upon your adversary .

THE LEFT-LEG HIPE. hugging him close to you. or strike his standing leg from under him by the “In Clamp” Exercise. and your shoulder-blade turns his arm. arms. THE PINION. his right wrist with your right hand. 6. or side. Lift your antagonist off the ground. lift your arm very high. turning in the same direction. 23 the contrary way. than sud- . take him under your arm. When your adversary has his right arm upon your shoulder.CUMBERLAND WRESTLING. and swing him round to the right. and you get hold of FIG.

You can anticipate the left-leg hipe in the following manner: Your antagonist.* Strike your antagonists right leg with your ———————————————————————— *The term “chip” is applied to all the different ways of striking with the legs. you seek to prevent being lifted by shrinking your breast under him. (Fig. TO PREVENT BEING THROWN HIPE. You thus bring your antagonist out of his balance. . LEFT-LEG STROKE. and if you use the impetus of the swing. thus enabling you to give him the back-heel with your left leg. Hiping is always a dangerous operation. and indeed to a variety of other manœuvres. you falling on top. BY THE LEFT-LEG You stop the left-leg hipe as follows: As your antagonist is about to insert his left thigh. try the back-hank or the buttock. denly strike the inside part of his right thigh with the outside of your left thigh. and when he attempts to lift you off the ground. he must fall. 6. previous to hiping you.24 CUMBERLAND WRESTLING. but a right-leg hipe exposes the wrestler to less risk than a left-leg one.) If you find that the hipe does not take. you cross it with your right knee (shin). will step in with his right leg.

. as explained above. STROKES COMBINED WITH OTHER MODES OF ATTACK. TO PREVENT BEING THROWN STROKE. 7. face to the left. 7. again. Some wrestlers do this stroke entirely outside the leg. BY THE LEFT-LEG You stop this stroke by hamming with your left leg.) FIG. 25 left leg in such a manner that your knee is outside and your instep inside. over the right buttock. (Fig. and throw him.CUMBERLAND WRESTLING. Strike your antagonist with the left-leg. instead of in and out. and swing him round to the left. put it quickly down.

thus throwing him out of the line of direction. and strike his leg from under him with your heel. ————— LOOSE WRESTLING (“CATCH-AS-CATCHCAN”). left-leg stroke and right-leg hipe. keep close to him with your arms about him. Other combinations are:—right-leg stroke and left-leg hipe.26 LOOSE WRESTLING. In this style of wrestling all modes of attack or of defence are fair with the following reserva- . bear upon with your breast and chin. IN CLAMP. etc. which is throwing your heel on the inside of his as if you would take the in-lock. when his head and shoulders will come to the ground first. TO PREVENT BEING THROWN BY THE BACK CLAMP. press close to him. bear upon with your breast and chin. Your adversary back-clamps you by pressing his heel upon the hinder part of your thigh with a design to throw you backwards. To prevent it. as you are directed to do when he back-clamps you. BACK CLAMP. and by kicking up behind displace his foot.

knees. to twist the fingers or arms. With respect to these latter it is the duty of the umpire to interfere. should be disqualified. A wrestler is thrown if he falls on his back. It is not allowed to strike or kick. but we are inclined to recommend that any man touching the ground with any part of the body except his feet. 27 tions. or the clothes. and in reality at the mercy of his antagonist. 8. FIG. the flesh. This is the usual rule. and a wrestler not desisting when warned.LOOSE WRESTLING. to lay hold of the hair. This restriction would do away with much unseemly pulling about after a man is once on the ground. should be considered thrown. or to make use of grasps which are extremely painful or dangerous. both shoulders touching the ground. . or hands.

an erect position. (Fig. or held in front (backs of the hands inside). Approach your antagonist without getting into FIG. knees bent. The legs are astride sidewards. looking over his right shoulder. Place your right hand upon your antagonist's. THE WRESTLING POSITION is shown Fig. 9. The eye is fixed upon the antagonist. and grasp his left or right wrist with your disengaged left hand. 9.28 LOOSE WRESTLING. 8. hands placed on the knees (thumbs outside). THE HOLD.) .

CROSS-BUTTOCKS. B will turn a somersault in the air. CROSS-BUTTOCK. at the same time he brings his right arm round B’s neck. 29 A mid B have the hold shown Fig.—B’s right arm he must keep to the front. his legs standing in front of those of B. CROSS-BUTTOCKS. A throws him on the back. 10. faces to the left about. (Fig.) . A quick ly grasps with his left hand B’s right wrist. If done with sufficient force. and with a swing and twist to the left.— FIG. 9. ARM ROUND THE NECK. 10. thus turning his back toward B’s chest.—If A stoops forward in this position B’s feet leave the ground.

30 TO PREVENT CROSS-BUTTOCKS. so as to leave A’s arm inside. B FIG. 11. A grasps with his left hand B’s right wrist. It is easy to stop this full. B holds him firmly round the body with both arms. which he puts on B’s back. A places his right hand on B’s neck. it is advisable to let go. BEING THROWN BY THE CROSS·BUT- TOCK. As soon as A has faced about. The starting position is the same as in the preceding. CROSS-BUTTOCK. places his left hand on A’s neck. A now faces to the left about. ARM ROUND THE BODY. ARM ROUND THE NECK. passing his arm beneath B’s . for there is little chance of throwing in this position. Having thus insured himself against being thrown. simultaneously letting go with his right hand.

and brings it below his left armpit. The second way of stopping consists in B putting his left leg over A’s left leg. and throws him. A and B place their right hands on each other’s necks. he lifts B off the ground by stooping forwards. There are two ways of stopping this fall. 31 left arm. after the latter has turned round. Only a very superior antagonist will be able to break through this stop. 11. he then passes his left arm round B’s neck. (Fig. Having . Having secured a firm hold. THE HEAD IN CHANCERY AND CROSS-BUTTOCK. In this position B is almost helpless. in front of B’s legs. A suddenly pulls B’s head toward him. having faced about. TO PREVENT BEING THROWN BY THE CROSS-BUTTOCK. If B is nimble.CROSS-BUTTOCKS. he may even succeed in throwing A in the same manner A intended to throw him. B places the knuckles of his left hand upon A’s chest. for he need only turn to the right and place his left arm round A’s back. as shown Fig 12.)—A. either on B’s right shoulder or near his hip. and places his right hand on B’s back. for A presses upon him with the entire weight of his body. must keep his legs astride sidewards. ARM ROUND THE BODY. This is a very secure stop. As soon as A begins to turn.

B no doubt will avail himself of this moment to withdrew his head. 12. puts his right arm further round FIG. as shown Fig. position of B. A suddenly relaxes the held of his left arm. faces to the left about. TO PREVENT BEING THROWN WITH THE HEAD IN CHANCERY AND CROSS-BUTTOCK. B’s back.—If the pressure B should throw himself can his beflat . being thrown by passing left leg.32 CROSS-BUTTOCKS. kept B in durance for some time. 11. 11. and throws him over the buttock. but A quickly grasps his right wrist with his left hand. A wrestler in the save himself from left leg round A’s comes unbearable. Fig.

only increases the pressure. Grasping after A’s legs. always supposing A to stand in a proper position. A grasps B’s right wrist with his left hand. and then makes the following four movements in rapid succession (learners do these movements . A and B place their right hands on each other’s necks. ————— THROWS OVER THE SHOULDER. The following mode of attack is not available against a heavier and taller man: FIG.THROWS OVER THE SHOULDER. 13. pulls B’s arm down from his neck. 33 upon the ground.

A stoops forward and throws B on the back. and grasps B’s upper-arm from below with his left . 3. A grasps B’s left wrist from the inside with his right hand. 2. rapidly raises it again.34 THROWS OVER THE SHOULDER. and places B’s arm over his right shoul- FIG. 13). pulls down B’s left arm from his shoulder. slowly. the teacher counting). 1. 14. and grasps with it B’s right arm close above the elbow. A and B place their left hands on each other’s necks. A grasps B’s right upper-arm close to the shoulder with his right hand. A lets go his left hand. his buck being turned toward B. A turns to the left about. B`s defence is the same as against the buttock. still maintaining his hold (Fig. 4. der.

) He may then endeavor to lay hold of A’s left leg with l1is right hand. 14). 35 hand (Fig. . his left shoulder in advance. A avails himself of this moment to grasp with both hands B’s left upperarm.—A now steps forward with his left foot. in order to do this. A is then able to throw B as described in the preceding paragraph. is obliged to lean to the left. against which mode of counter-attack B secures himself by rapidly springing back. passes B’s left arm over his head. TO PREVENT BEING THROWN BY THE RUSH. A and B place their left hands on each other’s necks. B. faces about at the same time.” page 30. B can save himself by placing the back of his right hand on A’s chest. A puts his disengaged right hand back. ————— T H E R US H. and puts B’s arm on his right shoulder. and simultaneously. he rushes upon B’s left shoulder. he pulls him to the right. arm round the body. and thus forces him to the ground.THE RUSH. with a view of inducing B to try and catch it. (See “Cross-buttock.

as shown Fig.36 FULL HOLD. Should it be attempted. if it can be secured. F UL L H O L D. you defend yourself as follows: At the moment your antagonists hands are close to your FIG. and lean forward. In this position you can press with such force upon your antagonist’s arms that he will soon endeavor to withdraw them. 15. nevertheless. Allow him to do this to a certain extent. but. as soon as you have space . straighten your arms. loins you lower both arms. but a wrestler who keeps his back well bent is not exposed to any great risk from this mode of attack. 15. grasp the wrist of your left hand (the back of which is turned inward) with your right hand. The full hold is of great advantage.

and to these cases the following examples apply. TO PREVENT BEING THROWN BY THE FULL HOLD. But occasions arise when from inadvertence or in consequence of a failure in an attack one of your legs is within the reach of your enemy. give up the pressure suddenly. and thus avoiding coming down on the back. your antagonist will find it no easy matter to lay hold of your legs. 37 sufficient to turn in. which may be put a stop to frequently by not releasing your antagonist until he is on the ground. is a favorite manœuvres. Should your antagonist succeed in getting a full hold.LAYING HOLD OF THE LEGS. and is thus able to hug you close. With some wrestlers this turning round during the fall. you are almost sure to be thrown. A and B place their left hands on each other’s . 11. ————— L AYI N G H OL D O F T HE L E G S . If you maintain the position shown Fig. 10 or Fig. quickly catch your antagonist’s right wrist with your left hand. turn to the left about. 9. and throw him as shown Fig. put your right arm round his neck or back. but may still save yourself from defeat by turning round during the fall.

blow he releases his left hand. necks. We will suppose B to have succeeded in grasping A’s left wrist. with a. 16. If B is induced thereby to step forward with his left leg. A grasps B’s right wrist with his right hand. upon his chest. pulling at the same time B’s left arm to the right or pressing FIG. A then lets go quickly with his right hand. A lays hold of it near the knee with his left hand. and thus throws him on his back.38 LAYING HOLD OF THE LEGS. (Fig. lifts it up and pulls it to the left. places it from the outside on B’s right shoulder . and pulls him toward him.) A and B place their right hands on each other’s necks. Each wrestler then endeavors to lay hold of his antagonist’s disengaged arm. 16.

. which he grasps. in order to reduce this pressure. and by pressing his right forearm upon B’s chest. lifts B off the ground. and throws him backwards. pulls his legs toward him. If B does this. he then drops on his left knee. FIG. lifts it up. he forces him down backwards. A pulls B toward him and lets go suddenly. 17.LAYING HOLD OF THE LEGS. and lays hold of B`s right elbow with his right hand. 39 blade. puts his head between B”s legs. A and B hold each other by the upper-arms. and B. is almost sure to grasp A’s right forearm with his left hand. A lays hold of B’s right knee with his left hand. A now leans with the whole of his weight upon B’s right side.

B can save himself by quickly leaning forwards and laying hold of A round the body. and forcing FIG. Thus. TO RESIST THE FOREGOING ATTACK. this manœuvres is generally successful. . If done with spirit. supposing the wrestlers to stand facing each other. 18. him down backwards.40 TRIPPING UP. one of them. ————— TRIPPING UP Tripping up is done by placing a leg behind one of the legs of your antagonist.

He then finds himself in the position shown Fig. takes at the same time as step with right feet diagonally to the right. his left holding B’s left wrist. can put his right leg or his left leg behind his antagonist’s right leg. ANOTHER WAY OF TRIPPING UP. and his right leg behind B’s left leg. He then pulls B obliquely to the left. 18. A is thus enabled to force B down backwards.TRIPPING UP 41 by stepping sidewards to the left. 19. A places his right hand on B’s neck and grasps B’s FIG. Another way of tripping up is as follows. his right hand holding B’s right shoulder. A and B place their right hands over each . left wrist with his left hand.

you enjoy an advantage.42 TRIPPING UP. 20. A puts his right hand on B’s neck and grasps with his left B’s right wrist. 20. and is thus in a position to throw. 19. other’s necks. 21). A grasps B’s right wrist with his left hand. By putting your hip well under your antagonist. A then steps to the left and puts his right leg behind B’s right leg (Fig. . when either of the wrestlers has it in his power to throw the other. Both then simultaneously turn to the left about and thus find themselves in the position shown Fig. and B does the same to A. FIG. as shown in Fig.

THE SWISS SWING. 43 A and B place their left hands on each other’s necks. 21. the inside. This is a mutual grip on the waistband and leg of the clothing. and throws him to the right. L O C KS . A grasps B’s left arm with his right hand. by which the Swiss wrestlers . ————— T H E S W I S S S WI N G. passes his right leg round B’s left leg from FIG. You can also pass your right leg round your antagonist’s left leg from the outside. or your right leg round his right leg from the inside.

————— T HE S T Y R I A N W R E S T L E .) FIG.44 TRIPPING UP. 22. endeavor tto swing each other to a fall. The outsides of the foremost feet are FIG. . 22. (See Fig. 23. The men stand opposite each other as shown Fig. 23.

A. the hands are clasped. changing the position of his feet. without. for instance. by forcibly pushing B’s hand in the direction indicated above. however. On the leader giving the word start! each man tries to push or pull his antagonist from his position. and then forcing it outwards. will cause B to fell on his back. The man who first loses his standing. even should he only shift the position of one of his feet. .THE STYRIAN WRESTLE. and held exactly over the feet. 45 placed against each other. is beaten.

. the section on Boxing. are missing in the document being transcribed from.pp46 through the end of the book (at least pp52).

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