The Hero with a Thousand Holds
Episode 1

Episode 1: Irish Collar & Elbow

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The first in a series of podcasts looking at some of the obscure folk-wrestling styles from around the world. This one explores the ancient and now sadly forgotten art of Irish collar & elbow - a style with origins in Ireland's distant pre-Christian past that eventually crossed the Atlantic and for a while reigned as the most popular sport in America before disappearing entirely. Or did it?

Inspired by the original “Grappling Around the World” map:   



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  • Have you ever contacted Danny Hoskins in the US? He teaches several North-American grappling styles including different Native American ones. He has taught NA Collar-and-Elbow among other Irish Martial Arts.

  • Wrong on that one- Danny teaches Catch Wrestling and only heard of CAE.