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The forms of wrestling we know today as Greco-Roman Folkstyle and Freestyle found their origins in the lands on the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea These lands are where the Ancient Greeks resided and developed the art of wrestling The Greeks influenced the styles and skills of wrestling of today The sport of wrestling has been highly developed for over five thousand years and it is believed to have begun part of the soldiers training The Ancient Greeks and The sport of Wrestling stated Proof of this lie on the walls of the tomb in Beni Hasan in the form of pictures These pictures are about five thousand years old and show holds from both the standing positions and the ground positions From that time to the present wrestling turned from military skill to a sport skill The Ancient Greeks and The sport of Wrestling7-2 During this time wrestling was also developed in other cultures like that of ancient Greeks Wrestling to the Greeks was not only part of the soldiers training but was also a part of everyday life Youth did not only learn grammar art of speech and mathematics but young men also went through physical training which consist of dancing and the art of wrestling The Greeks saw wrestling as a development of grace and an activity that demands a high skill and physical fitness The Ancient Greeks and The sport of Wrestling7-3 Greek literature points out this skill of wrestling was used by gods and kings as well as by soldiers and private citizens in their efforts to overcome evil and brute force Most of the heroes of Greek mythology were considered skillful wrestlers Their view of skill most likely led to its introduction as a major sport in the Olympic Games in the year 704 BC The Ancient Greeks and The sport of Wrestling7-4 Wrestling was a major sport in most Greek festivals including the Olympic Games In these
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