Wrestlers

The most visible Indian martial art is wrestling (see Indian Wrestling, pp. 205-206), which has been a revered or at least royally patronized activity in India since ancient times. Great wrestlers were sought after for the fame they brought their patrons. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, Indian wrestlers dominated the world's grappling scene, their remarkable size, skill, and endurance allowing them to defeat all comers. The greatest of these was Gama (p. 23). Their reign ended only after Greco-Roman Wrestling (p. 205) and Professional Wrestling (p. 206) eclipsed traditional freestyle wrestling.

Today, traditional Indian wrestlers train much as they did at the opening of the 20th century and in the centuries before. The training isn't based on Hinduism, but wrestlers are expected to be paragons of the faith.

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