Dau vat my tu do, foley's friday mailbag: september 16, 2016

This Thursday marked the Mid-Autumn Festival for the people of Đài Loan Trung Quốc, Korea, Vietphái nam và Taiwan. The festival shifts depending on the lunar calendar but is the 15th day of the 8th month và coincides with a full moon. The diversity of cultures celebrating the same holiday means you have a variety of events and traditions accompanying the day. For the Chinese it"s important khổng lồ give sầu moon cake to lớn friends and family và release floating sky lanterns. Filipinos play a dice game và Koreans cook a massive feast called Cheosuk, which is essentially their version of Thanksgiving. The festival takes a slightly different khung in each country, but there is another common thread khổng lồ these festivals outside of eating & seeing a new moon rise: traditional wrestling.

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The Chinese hosts a variety of matches in villages throughout the country, but one of the biggest is in Xinzhou, Shaanxi, China where competitors take part in a version of traditional wrestling (known as Shuai Jiao) where they look for takedowns against six straight opponents. There is no touching of anything except the bottom of your foot và opponents simply walk out from the collection of fans. The winners (there are usually three rounds) are awarded a sheep & roughly $1500.The Koreans celebrate Cheosuk with a traditional wrestling event as important as watching the Lions get smashed on Thanksgiving. Traditional Korean wrestling tournaments -- the style is known as Ssireum -- are held nationwide, with the top tournament being shown on national television. The style is most closely associated khổng lồ belt wrestling, but is extremely entertaining and high-flying.

In Vietphái mạnh traditional Dau Vat tournaments are held in villages và town centers, often in stadiums built only for wrestling. Like with the other styles there are no weight categories or other classifications and prize money is awarded to lớn the last wrestler standing. The alặng of the style is to either lift your opponent off the ground or expose his belly lớn the sky. The Mid-Autumn tournament is usually the most important of the year, with the possible exception of the New Year tournament in February and the kết thúc of season tournaments in April và May.Wrestling is everywhere. To your questions …Q: What bởi vì you make of Kyle Snyder"s comments about wanting lớn fight in UFC? What kind of fighter vì you think he will be?-- Mike C.
Foley: I mostly have sầu mature thoughts that tell me he can handle learning the new techniques without taking away from his wrestling. However, my initial reaction was more "eww" than anything positive. While I think MMA is a great career path for athletes lớn take after their career has ended, I don"t think you can be great at more than one sport at a time. Snyder hasn"t spent much time in jiu-jitsu practices, Muay-Tnhì sessions or boxing classes. While he is a physical freak and natural athlete there is A LOT khổng lồ learn và those interested in excelling need lớn have sầu an appetite for humble pie. I"d prefer that he tackle school, NCAA wrestling (if he HAS to) và compete overseas. Most mortals would break with only having to lớn approach the above sầu, never mind the additional considerations of family & a significant other. I"d be a touch depressed to see Snyder miss an opportunity khổng lồ be a legover of our sport, just for the chance to lớn be decent in another.Q: Here is an idea for an offseason tournament that would make matches interesting. Matches would consist of three, two-minute periods all starting in neutral. The three periods would each be a different style (folkstyle, freestyle, Greco-Roman). The match would begin with a flip of a coin, the winner could either piông xã the style of the first period. The second period the other wrestler gets his choice of the two remains styles và the third period wrestled is the remaining style. It would take a lot more strategy. What bởi vì you think?-- Mark M.Foley: I"m totally in for this type of madness!As you might be able khổng lồ figure out there are a variety of nationalities at work during most international wrestling tournaments. Among the group of IT workers & cameramen, is a former Serbian Greco-Roman wrestler in his young 30"s. After two years of talking trash to lớn each other about wrestling each other we finally took to lớn the mats at the Youth Olympic Games in 2014. Like your scenario, however, we faced an issue of which styles lớn wrestle. Ultimately, we flipped a coin và went freestyle first & Greco-Roman second. My Serbian frikết thúc was completely incapable of stopping a shot, which helped me rack up an eight-point advantage. That spread was almost eliminated in the second period when I was tossed through time and space for a five-point throw. The match was certainly difficult in terms of my conditioning, but I liked that the various styles forced us inkhổng lồ strategies -- some of which worked, others that ended with me being tossed onto my head.Q: I am working on recruiting some football players right now. Do you have sầu or know of a danh sách of current NFL players who have sầu wrestled? The only lists I can find have some great players, but most of the middle school guys I am trying khổng lồ recruit are too young khổng lồ know who they are.-- S. MeadFoley: I did a quick Google tìm kiếm & came upon this danh sách, which might be the one you are referencing. If you look around there are quite a few quotes from big-time college coaches that advocate for their recruits to lớn wrestle as it teaches them about balancing và conditioning.

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Good luck!MULTIMEDIA HALFTIMEKorean Ssrieum
Q: Team USA failed khổng lồ get a medal at the Cadet World Championships và Olympic Games. The Americans won a couple bronze medals at the Junior World Championships. Why is Team USA struggling so much in Greco-Roman, especially on the senior level? Is it simply because the best athletes in the United States just aren"t wrestling Greco-Roman?-- Mike C.
Foley: There are a number of issues for the Greco-Roman team to solve sầu, primarily how khổng lồ score early, in bunches và hold a lead. For many American fans (and wrestlers) the sport is just too distant, with very few entry points. There are limited youth club opportunities và very little upper-level coaching. Even if the majority of American athletes choose freestyle, there are enough eligible athletes in this country khổng lồ make any dream a reality. The numbers are an issue, and I"m not sure that we have the correct development program in place to help the middle và high school-aged wrestlers improve sầu quickly. Even if they chose to only wrestle Greco-Roman year-round there are almost no tournaments to lớn enter between September và April. No tournaments means no style-specific training or on-the-mat learning session and that is a massive concern when considering the likelihood of positive sầu growth và development for Greco-Roman in the United States.Q: Do you think Chance Marsteller will focus on senior cấp độ freestyle wrestling now? Or bởi you think we will see hlặng bachồng in college wrestling?-- Mike C.Foley: I think Chance"s days on the mat are over. There is always room for forgiveness, but from what I"m being told Chance doesn"t want to lớn make the tough decisions. He was great for his span of time. He excelled & then he hit a downward spiral. As much as I"d love to lớn see hyên ổn fulfill his potential, my instinct says this behavior is part of his character, not an exception.
I don't know Marsteller at all. It does not seem like you bởi vì either. But it seems that this arrest arose from hyên being very drunk. Perhaps he is an alcoholic. Maybe that's what caused his disciplinary problems & mediocre performance ay OK State. If that's the case, why could he not go into lớn recovery & ultimately return to the mat. That's all assuming he is not in jail. But it would not be the first time that an athlete has cured an addiction and succeeded in returning to top khung. None of this is easy. None of it implies that Marsteller does not have sầu character issues. But even if that's the case, he can recover. And I hope he does.
I wholeheartedly agree NJDan. Anyone who loses control like that once or 100 times, IS an alcoholic. Some people's chemistry cannot handle alcohol and consuming alcohol turns them into a quái nhân which neither their family nor long-time friends recognize. I am one of these people. I think Foley maybe knows hyên ổn well enough to lớn doubt he will take the first step towards his recovery. I know nothing personal about Chance other than if he does not accept help, he will be a sad story. Through AA, I am 7 years sober... Peace..

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