Library of Inspiration and Achievement Volume 3

Library of Inspiration and Achievement Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...of Turkey, met in a real contest, Graeco fashion, in London, the men both got down on the carpet early in the struggle and sat on the floor for two hours and fifty-five minutes, neither daring to get on his feet, and a draw had to be declared, no fall being recorded. This so-called system, dignified by the high-sounding Graeco-Roman title, was foisted upon the British public in 1870, when the French giants, Le Boeuf and Dubois, contended with the Cumbrian champions, William Jameson and Richard Wright. Both parties scored in their own style, but the Frenchmen eventually won the match through the doubtful issue of a toss up for choice of styles in the concluding bout, the Frenchmen, who won the toss, naturally choosing their own method. The two systems are so dissimilar that the merits of the men were never fairly tested. Yet, though Jameson and Wright failed to hold their own under Gallic rules, it was evident at the time that a little tuition and practice would have enabled the Cumbrians to compete successfully with their rivals. The English and French champions subsequently visited most of the principal wrestling towns in the North, but the game was generally looked on with disfavor except in a few of the leading wrestling resorts in Lancashire, where a style of wrestling nearly akin to the GraecoRoman fashion prevails. This, instead of being the art of standing up against an adversary, is simply the art of getting down in a certain position, so as to avoid being thrown a fair back fall. Tripping is the very backbone of the science of wrestling, and a system that does not teach a man to retain his perpendicular in the face of attack is of very little service, either as an athletic exercise, or as a means of self-defense. Ground wrestling...show more

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  • Paperback | 130 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 245g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236906675
  • 9781236906670