Zachary Wylde 1711 Concise Rules of Wrestling, plainly demonstrated

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Zachary Wylde 1711 Concise Rules of Wrestling, plainly demonstrated

1st The holds that are taken, are commonly called, dignified or distinguished by Lose or Fast, out or in Holds, thus explained, Lose is performed on this manner, viz. Approach to your Opposer upon an entire Body, and when you are within Distance, that is, two Foot from him; withal the Quickness imaginable, Trip or Strike with your right Foot the back of his left, and at the same juncture as your right Foot hit his, let the Palm of your Hand fall forceably upon his Breast; so Hand and Foot being timed together, you may make it a clear fall. The out Holds are taken thus, Seize or take Hold of the Parties right Elbow with your left Hand, then with your right Hand take fast hold on his left Shoulder, and immediately twist or bring him withal the Strength and Force you have, striking at the same time, if you please, with your right Foot the outside his left Ham, and you may throw or cast him towards your right Side. Otherways, Take hold on the Parties right Elbow as aforesaid, then put your right Arm over his left Shoulder, and take fast hold on his Back with your right Hand, about the height of his Waste, hold fast your holds, stand about two Foot distant with your Legs, in this Capacity you may close a Lock, called, The In’turn, that is, put your right Leg the inside his left, and clap the Lock in the Ham of his left Leg, secure fast your Holds, and you may throw or cast the Party backward, by winding your Body close to his, and fall with him; still holding your Holds with your Hands and lose the Lock you have taken in his Ham, then put y our Leg up his Grainnens, so wind or bring him forward. From thence you may come to a Cross-Buttock, that is, continue the Holds that you have taken with your Hands, and place your right Leg equally betwixt his, then wind your Buttock under his Belly, bend or incline your Head forward, raise him from the Ground, hit the outside of his right Ankle with the heel of your right Foot, and you may make a fore Fall.

2ly If you would take another over or out Hold, secure the right Elbow with your left Hand as aforesaid, then put your right Arm over his right Shoulder, and take fast hold on his Waste with your right Hand, about the middle of his Back, then clasp or take the Lock with your right Leg in the Ham of his right, wind your Body forward, and you may cast or throw the Party backward: From this Hold you may take the In’turn upon his left Leg, and throw him backward still securing your Holds with your Hands, and by losing the Lock, you may come to a Cross-Buttock, that is, wind your Buttock under his Belly, in like manner as aforesaid, and throw him in a manner as aforesaid.

3ly Another out Hold is taken thus, Seize upon the Wrist of your Opposer’s right Arm with your right Hand, keep his Arm upon the Stretch or extendedly, then clap your left Shoulder under the Elbow of his right Arm, and cast or throw the Party over your Head; by this means you may easily break his Arm: Or thus, Seize the Wrist of his left Arm with your left Hand, and clap your right Shoulder under the Elbow of his left Arm, and Pitch him likewise over your Head; by either of these Ways, you may, with great ease, break any Man’s Arms, for ’tis moral impossible, any Persons Arm should bear the weight of his Body without breaking.

4ly To take an in Hold or underHold, which is all one, secure the right Elbow as aforesaid, then clap your right Hand upon his left Side, and by degrees, or with what Expedition you can, move it three Parts round his Waste, then clap the Point of your right Shoulder annenst his left Breast, and that preserves you from being lifted; in this Order you may come to several Holds, viz. The In’turn backward and forward, and perform as aforesaid: Or thus, Lose the Lock, and hold fast your Hands, and place your right Leg equally betwixt his, then you may come to the Cross-Buttock, which is taken with greater care by an in Hold than an out, performed as aforesaid; which being exquisitely done, it’s the forest Fall that can be thrown: Securing still your Holds with your Hands, you may come to a Lock, I call the Hitch, that is, put your right Leg betwixt his, and clap the Heel of your Foot on the back of the Ankle of his right Leg, then poise or press him backward, still securing the right Elbow, you may come to a back Lock thus, clap your right Foot upon the outside his left, so that your Toe will be against his Heel, then lock the Knee, by keeping your right Foot in its place, and putting your Knee the inside his, so you may easily throw him backward over your Knee; still securing the right Elbow, then clap your right Leg level upon the bottom of his Belly, and you may Lock upon his left Thigh with your right Foot, t he right Arm over his left Shoulder, holding fast on his Neck, and if he raises you from the Ground, continue your Holds, and when he sets you down, then you may Cross-Buttock him in like manner as aforesaid; this dexterously performed will puzzle a good Gamster to avoid being thrown, The next Hold you may take, is called the Cornish Hug, which may be taken with the one Arm under, the other over, but both Arms under is the best and easiest way, thus, lose the Hold that you’ve taken on the Parties right Elbow, and with both your Arms quite environe, his Wast being fast gript about him, Hug of close him fast to your Breast, lean a little back with your Body, raise him from the Ground, and cast or throw him over your right or left Thigh, which you find best for your Advantage; I do really believe, the Cornish Men performs this Hold the best of any Men in Christendom, we borrow it from thence. Another curious Hold may be taken thus, Take fast Hold on the Parties Wrist of his right Hand with your left, then quicker then I can speak, clap your right Shoulder under his right Arm-pit, sink a little with your Body, and clap your right Hand upon his Back to hold him close to you, then raise him from the Ground, and throw him over your Head; this, if truly performed, may be made the worst Fall that can be thrown, I call this the Flying Mare; Still secure your Hold that you’ve taken on his Wrist, put your right Arm under his right, and half encompass his wast with it, then clap your right Thigh the outside his left Ham, so bring or cast him backward over your right Thigh. I have known some Men so stupidly vain glorious, and felt conceited of their Abilities, as to say, they will give a Man leave to take hold wherever he pleases, yet lay any Water they can throw him: To convince their ignorance, take this Method, Let him stand upon a full Body, step behind him, and put both your Arms betwixt his Legs, then let him stoop or bend with his Body forward, so low that you can take hold of the Wrists of both his Hands with yours, hold fast your holds and you are secure from being thrown your self, but its the Devil to a Bodle, you may Pitch him upon his Head. I shall hint another subtle Piece of Art, and so conclude, whereas, I’m to take what Hold or Holds I please, to my best Advantage, Let a Man stand as aforesaid, step behind him, then extend both your Arms and put them under his Arm-pits; he must stoop some what low with his Head to give Advantage; then you must take fast hold upon the back of his Neck, with both your hands, your fingers gript one within another, by that means you may fix him in a pretty becoming Posture, vulgarly called the Pillory.

The most excellent way or manner of breaking Holds that can be taken of you

Imprimis?, if your Opposer takes an In’turn of you, spring the Lock, that is, keep your Leg, that which he takes the Lock upon, fast on the Ground, your foot being turned a little outward, then stiffen starken, or stretch your Ham stiff, by a sudden spring, and twill break the Lock; then raise him from the Ground, and cast him from you, in manner of a Cornish Hug; all In turns may be broken so. The Cross-Buttocks is broken by turning your Buttocks to the Parties you are engaged with, and quitting your Holds, or rather thus, When your Opposer doth Cross-Buttocks you, before he has raised you from the Ground, (before to time that) clap the Edge of your Hand very hard under his Chin, or the Palm of your Hand upon his Nose; These ways breaks all Holds that can be taken. How to disengate from the Holds taken of your Collar, if your Opposer takes hold on your Collar, with his left Hand, and keeps you stiffly out at length, then seize fast hold with your left Hand, on the upper part of his Wrists, then twist or turn his Wrist inward with your full Strength, and at the same juncture, Strike forceably upon the Elbow os his Arm, which will much endanger to break it: If the Party should take hold of your Collar with his right Hand, then lay hold of his Wrist with your right Hand and perform as aforesaid.

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