August 3, 2014
Matthew 14:13-21
Romans 9:1-5
Genesis 32:22-31
Psalm 17:1-7, 15


Rules fer Wrasslin'
Proper 13 | OT 18

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Frank Ramirez
Contents
"Rules fer Wrasslin' " by Frank Ramirez
"Blessed and Broke" by John Fitzgerald


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Rules Fer Wrasslin'
by Frank Ramirez
Genesis 32:22-31

And Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day.
-- Genesis 32:24

There's a little scrap of papyrus written in Greek words from the second century AD. Discovered over a century ago in the Egyptian desert, it measures around five and a half by seven inches. There are holes here and there, but the translation, as near as it can be figured, goes something like this:

Throw back your challenger and wrestle... with your right hand... toss, roll, and suddenly throw into a different position and wrestle... toss... your foot... the hand, squeeze and wrestle... with your right hand then change positions... by the beard... and with the other alongside the middle of the head with the right hand, wrestle around and with your hand bend it back. Cross and wrestle. Bend him backward with your right hand which you use to bend back and surprise him around the ribs and throw your honorable opponent. Throw off your honorable opponent, shifting his hand. Wrestle! Be quick. Use both hands. Wrestle. Throw your foot. Squeeze him. Bend him back. Bend his fingers upward and his... throw against...1

That's all there is, but you get the idea. It's a scrap from a second-century wrestling manual to be used to help coaches instruct athletes. Now here's what I want you to keep in mind. When this was written, wrestling had already been an Olympic sport -- for 900 years!... >>Click here for the full installment.


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