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Modern students of the grappling art can now learn the secrets of George Hackenschmidt, "The Russian Lion", with this quality reprint edition of The Complete Science of Wrestling.Originally published in 1909, the clear, engaging text provides in-depth discussion of many of the signature moves that Hackenschmidt applied so effectively to overpower opponents throughout his renowned career: strangleholds, leg holds, arm rolls, nelsons, hammerlocks and many more. Variations on the techniques, escapes from common problems and photographs illustrating key points make this a complete wrestling tutorial from one of the sport's greatest practitioners.
George Hackenschmidt was one of a group of illustrious "strongmen" who dominated the rough world of professional wrestling at the turn on the century. A pioneer of weightlifting, strength training and physical fitness, Hackenschmidt is said to have amasses a record of 2,000 wins against only 5 losses before his retirement from the ring in 1912. His epic battles for the heavyweight championship with the equally legendary Frank Gotch rank among the greatest bouts in the history of wrestling.
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