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    "French boxing at the Alambra"

    http://www.bartitsu.org/index.php/20...alhambra-1898/

    An article from Bartitsu.org describing the outcome of a savate exhibition at the Alhambra music hall in London during 1898, with speculation on the origins of the British prejudice against kicking in combat sports.

    Here's an excerpt:


    #2
    I wanna learn more about Devonshire wrestling now, this site says they fought for ippon.

    http://www.legendarydartmoor.co.uk/wrest_ling.htm
    "The former forbore from kicking (Cornwall) whereas kicking, and that with shoes specially hardened for the purpose, was allowed to the Devonian. The combatants had their legs swathed in hay-bands (skillibegs). The great achievement of the wrestler was to "show the white horse" This consisted in elevating his antagonist over his shoulder and flinging him on the ground upon his back. Too often the result was fatal; the spine was either broken or so severely injured that paralysis ensued".

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      #3
      Devonshire wrestling was rough stuff, but also kind of a spectator favorite in that the "out play" style (kicking and tripping) was reminiscent of fencing. It was similar to the Norfolk style described here: http://www.the-exiles.org/manual/norfwres/norfwres.htm .

      Most English folk-wrestling styles were essentially fought for ippon, the major exception being Lancashire catch-as-catch-can, which included groundfighting and was won by pin-fall.

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        #4
        It seems ippon is a common victory condition in folk wrestling the world over, I would venture to say more common than pinfall. I believe Schwingen is won by ippon for instance but I'm not sure. I'm not sure how Glima goes beyond the fact that there isn't any groundfighting.

        Speaking of which, does anyone know of any good text resources for the techniques of Irish collar and elbow wrestling?

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          #5
          Yep - "The Magnificent Scufflers" is all about the collar and elbow style, and it's now available to read online at http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?i...size=100;seq=9

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            #6
            Originally posted by DdlR View Post
            http://www.bartitsu.org/index.php/20...alhambra-1898/

            An article from Bartitsu.org describing the outcome of a savate exhibition at the Alhambra music hall in London during 1898, with speculation on the origins of the British prejudice against kicking in combat sports.

            Here's an excerpt:
            The Alhambra still stands today in Leicester Square and is now a Coffee Place I think (I passed by it during Christmas). Looking above Ground Floor level, you can still see its 19th C. origins. In the late 1970s, it feature Peep Shows until the local Council shut them down.

            Music Hall was the TV/Film and Radio of its day and a vital diversion from the rigour of everyday life. The Alhambra was also notable for its high class prostitutes who would promade at the higher tiers to attract admirers.

            Music Hall really was the proverbial Palace of Varities and included Wrestler and Ju Jitsu exhibitions with challenges being accepted from the audience. Yukio Tani and Ueyinshi (sp?) both featured. Boxing also had its place but only on an Exhibition basis, for example, Jack Johnson. Competitive boxing tended to catered outside the Variety bill. :happy7:

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