Derby City Mixed Martial Arts is an official USA Wrestling Gym. We train in folkstyle, freestyle, and greco roman. Coached by former collegiate wrestlers Mike Colley and Brandon Sandefur both currently fight on our MMA Team.
Freestyle wrestling is an international discipline and an Olympic sport. In free style, it is allowed to hold the legs of the opponent, to make trips and to actively use legs on the execution of any action. It is thought to have originated from English catch wrestling, and is currently the international style in which women participate in competition.
Folk Style Wrestling
Folk wrestling describes a traditional form of wrestling unique to a culture or geographic region of the world. There are almost as many folk wrestling styles as there are national traditions. Folk style is also used across the United States in high school wrestling. Folk style is competed state wide in all states. Some states wrestle in classes depending on how large each school is. Others states have large tourneys that each individual has to win or place in order to move on to the final tourney, the State Championship. The sport allows mostly males to wrestle, although women are slowly introducing themselves to high school wrestling. Folk style is also held state wide in some states through the states wrestling associations. Holding tourneys on weekends for anyone of all ages to participate.
Greco-Roman wrestling is a style of wrestling that is practiced worldwide. It was contested at the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 and has been included in every edition of the summer Olympics held since 1908. Two wrestlers are scored for their performance in three two-minute periods, which can be terminated early by a pinfall. This style of wrestling forbids holds below the waist which is the major difference between itself and freestyle wrestling, the other form of wrestling at the Olympics. This restriction results in an emphasis on throws, since a wrestler cannot use trips to take an opponent to the ground or avoid throws by hooking or grabbing their opponent's leg.
If you live in the Louisville area come in and check out our Wrestling classes on Monday and Wednesday evenings.