Wrestling is not just a sport; It is a state of mind. It is a way of life. Wrestling basics principles and concepts that one can follow on and off the mat.
The samurai of Japan followed the Bushido Code. Bushido means "Way of the Warrior." Taoists follow certain principals as well. Tao means "way" or "path." Zen Buddhists also follow certain principles. Zen has to do with being quiet and observant. In Zen, meditation, self-contemplation, and intuition are very important concepts. Someone online made this observation regarding Zen: "One way to think of Zen is this: a total state of focus that incorporates a total togethrence of body and mind. Dropping illusion and seeing things without distortion created by your own thoughts. "
What principals do wrestlers follow? Does a wrestling code exist? What is the path to wrestling greatness? I contemplated these questions and others and wrote this article to share some of my thoughts.
The Way of the Wrestler:
Remember Your Elders and the Rich History of Wrestling
Wrestling is considered one of the world's oldest sports; It has been around for thousands of years. Wrestling was practiced in the ancient Egyptian, Babylonian, Grecian, and Roman empires.
Wrestling is mentioned in the Epic of Gilgamesh , one of the earliest known works of literature. Wrestling is also mentioned in the Bible . Jacob wrestles through the night with a man (possibly God) and ends up with a dislocated hip. In Beowulf , the hero Beowulf "grapples" with the Monster Grendel historically tear off Grendel's arm. Beowulf is said to have a strong handgrip. He grapples with Grendel because he does not want to have any advantage by using weapons. Other ancient works of literature mention wrestling as well.
The philosopher Plato was a wrestler. Plato was actually a nickname given to him by his wrestling coach. Plato means "broad" and may have referred to Plato's broad shoulders or perhaps his sturdy, powerful build. Plato thought highly of wrestling. In his book entitled Laws , Plato states, "… the art of wrestling erect and keeping free the neck and hands and sides, working with energy and constancy, with a composed strength, and for the sake of health-these are always useful , And are not to be neglected … "
Some famous politicians (including presidents), soldiers (including generals), businessmen, actors, writers, comedians and other celebrities were wrestlers at one time. George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, General George Patton, General Norman Schwartzkopf, Senator John McCain, John Irving (author), Tom Cruise, Vince Vaughn, Ashton Kutcher, Jay Leno were all wrestled. Some famous football players and boxers wrestled as well. Hall of Fame Football Coach John Madden stated, "I would have all of my offensive lineman wrestle if I could."
In the book Wrestling Tough , author Mike Chapman mentions legendary football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant who coached the University of Alabama to six national titles. According to Chapman, "Bryant held wrestling in such high esteem as a developer of athletes, physically and …