Bedford Wrestling Club

Martial Arts Team in Bedfordshire, MK43 9AX

Welcome to Bedford Wrestling Club

Welcome to the web site of the Bedford Wrestling Club. We are a competitive and friendly club who welcome all members of the community. Our aim is to train in all the traditional styles of wrestling from both this country and abroad. Our main style is Olympic Freestyle but we also compete in Cambo, Kurash, Cumberland and Cornish wrestling.


The objectives of the club are


 To take part in all wrestling styles

 To hold club tournaments

 To hold inter club tournaments

 To hold regional tournaments

 To hold national tournaments

 To attend international tournaments

 To be affiliated to the Governing Bodies of Wrestling

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  • Martial Arts
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18th Feb - Sombo Competition 25th February 2012 by Danny Sullivan

British CombatSombo Association


BCSA Heart of England Open Sombo Championships

British CombatSombo Association Sombo rules will applyl

Biddenham International School, Biddenham Turn, Bedford, MK40 4AZ

Sunday February 26th 2012

This competition is open to all . Individuals must have Insurance cover proof will be required BCSA can organise Day Insurance for £5

Weight and Age Categories


Men:16 years and above 62 kg, 68 kg, 74 kg, 82 kg, 90 kg, 100 kg, +100 kg,

Master Men and Women 35 years to 44 years, 45 years to 54 years, 55 years and over. These will be matched as entries come in

School boy: 12, 13, 14, 15 years 29 kg 32 kg 35 kg 38 kg 42 kg 47 kg 53 kg 59 kg 66 kg 73 kg +73 kg

9, 10, 11 years 29 kg 32 kg 35 kg 38 kg 42 kg 47 kg 53 kg 59 kg 66 kg + 66 kgs

Ladies-Young Women-School Girls will be matched

Competitors can enter one age above themselves at extra cost

Weigh In All Categories 10 am

FEE £15 per entry


CLOSING DATE February 21st 2012 be advised the organisor will not I repeat not accept any entries after that date


The British CombatSombo Association allows New players to wear similar style jackets i.e Judo/Brazilian JJ Jackets

and boots are not compulsory this is to help bring in new members but correct Sombo equipment is preferred

18th Feb - News by Danny Sullivan

The London International Kurash Tournament

Wrestlers from the club attended the above tournament on 4th June 2011. The event saw teams from Uzbekistan, New Zealand, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Poland, Russia and Lithuania attend. This event was well attended with over two hundred entrants

Yet again Antony Armagan put up a great performance winning Bronze medals in both the youth and senior categories.

Fred Itiose won Gold medals in both the Masters and Senior Mens categories.

Well done.

The full results can be found here

4th June 2011

London O2 Soccer Dome, Great Britain

The London Soccer Dome (formerly the Sir David Beckham Soccer Academy) provided the venue for the 9th staging of the British Kurash Association’s prestigious London International Kurash Tournament. This year’s event formed part of the London International Opens martial arts tournaments which also included competitions in judo, Brazilian jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts.

The British Kurash Association were very pleased to welcome the Uzbek Ambassador to Great Britain and BKA Honorary President His Excellency Mr Otabek Akbarov and his staff from the Embassy in London and, of course, the IKA representatives which included President Mr Komil Yusupov and Treasurer Mr Khabibulla Tadjiev from Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

The opening ceremony included traditional Uzbek music and dance as well as speeches from Mr Yusupov, Mr Akbarov and BKA President Tim Thomas.

Aside from the British competitors, 8 other countries were represented in the 2011 tournament – Uzbekistan, France, New Zealand, Lithuania, Poland, Nigeria, Kyrgyzstan and the Russian autonomous republic of Dagestan.

The British challenge was spearheaded by some well established judo athletes from the London area, Birmingham, Bedford and the Midlands in particular as well as a 5-man team from one of the world’s most famous educational establishments, Oxford University, who were competing in kurash for the first time.

The junior and youth categories were largely dominated by the Uzbeks with only Kidderminster’s Sarah Biles and Sittingbourne’s Ben Franks preventing the motherland of kurash from taking a clean sweep of gold medals.

England topped the women’s categories through Nicola Haywood and Sarah Biles who beat international opposition to win. Haywood defeated former world kurash silver medallist Justine Bishop of New Zealand whilst Biles beat former World kurash bronze medallist Joyce Malley in the semi-final before scoring a repeat win over Uzbekistan’s Eshmuminova to win her second gold of the day.

The attraction of prize money in the senior men’s categories helped to bolster the entry with the middle weights of 81k and 90k in particular fielding many quality athletes and some fine contests ensued.

In the lightest weights the Uzbek pair of Ruziyev and Lutfillaev dominated the opposition at 60 kilos with Shomurodov, in the absence through injury of British number one Jack Webb, looking likely to do the same at 66 kilos having very impressively made the final. However, England’s Kyle Perry had other ideas having narrowly beaten many times Islam Karimov Tournament winner Paul Sawyer in the semi-final. This was 49-year-old Sawyer’s last kurash tournament. Perry took another very close win in the final against his Uzbek opponent to take gold and $1000 US prize money.

England’s Adam Ashford, whose father Steve had taken Bronze in the Masters earlier in the day, came out on top at 73 kilos ahead of veteran Mark Wainwright.

A hotly contested 81 kilo category saw the Uzbeks regain top spot on the podium through Ganiev who was given a very spirited battle by 19 year-old Tom Walker in the final. Walker showed a lot of promise and it is hoped that with more kurash experience he could make his mark internationally. A noteworthy performance too from Sittingbourne’s 18 year-old Jamie Marzetti who performed magnificently to take bronze against much more experienced opposition.

Oxford University enjoyed a medal double at 90 kilos through Edmans (silver) and Denning (bronze) but it was the clinical Miseckas of Lithuania who proved to be a worthy winner of another very tough category.

Despite disappointing low entries in the heaviest categories some good matches were still to be seen. Bath University’s Conor Murphy rebounded from a disappointing bronze in the youth event to come out on top at 100 kilos whilst Bedford’s Nigerian via Spain, Fred Itiose added a second gold to his Masters win beating another veteran Darrin Richardson in the final of the over 100 kilos category.

A huge amount of interest and hundreds of encouraging comments were received by the British Kurash Association from the many spectators and competitors in other disciplines present and it is anticipated that there will be a massive surge in competitors for their next kurash events.

The British Kurash Association would like to thank the International Kurash Association and also the Uzbekistan Embassy for their invaluable support of this year’s tournament.




Gold B Franks (England)

Silver J Choriev (Uzbekistan)

Bronze K Miseckas (Lithuania)

Bronze M Cabos-Duhamel (France)


Under 66 kilos

Gold N Choriev (Uzbekistan)

Silver Z Karimov (Kyrgyzstan)

Bronze B Franks (England)

Bronze K Miseckas (Lithuania)

Under 73 kilos

Gold S Saidmurodov (Uzbekistan)

Silver R Khaziev (Dagestan)

Bronze A Armagan (England)

Bronze C Edwards (England)

Over 73 kilos

Gold B Uralov (Uzbekistan)

Silver J Shepherd (England)

Bronze J Marzetti (England)

Bronze C Murphy (England)



Gold S Biles (England)

Silver L Eshmuminova (Uzbekistan)

Bronze L Davey (England)

Bronze L Swan (England)


Under 60 kilos

Gold J Ruziyev (Uzbekistan)

Silver S Lutfillaev (Uzbekistan)

Bronze H Winney (England)

Bronze D McBride (England)

Under 66 kilos

Gold K Perry (England)

Silver J Shomurodov (Uzbekistan)

Bronze P Sawyer (England)

Bronze R Alloway (England)

Under 73 kilos

Gold A Ashford (England)

Silver M Wainwright (England)

Bronze A Armagan (England)

Bronze C Edwards (England)

Under 81 kilos

Gold B Ganiev (Uzbekistan)

Silver T Walker (England)

Bronze C Hunt (England)

Bronze J Marzetti (England)

Under 90 kilos

Gold A Miseckas (Lithuania)

Silver M Edmans (England)

Bronze N Daley (England)

Bronze M Denning (England)

Under 100 kilos

Gold C Murphy (England)

Silver L Till (England)

Bronze R Gamble (England)

Over 100 kilos

Gold F Itiose (Nigeria)

Silver D Richardson (England)


Under 57 kilos

Gold N Haywood (England)

Silver J Bishop (New Zealand)

Bronze G Karimova (Uzbekistan)

Bronze L Jones (England)

Over 57 kilos

Gold S Biles (England)

Silver L Eshmuminova (Uzbekistan)

Bronze J Malley (Northern Ireland)

Bronze L Davey (England)


Under 80 kilos 36+ years

Gold S Crowley (England)

Silver M Wainwright (England)

Bronze D MacDonald (England)

Under 80 kilos 46+ years

Gold N Collins (England)

Silver P Sawyer (England)

Bronze N Greenaway (England)

Bronze S Ashford (England)

Under 90 kilos

Gold C Douglas (England)

Silver K Mitchell (England)

Bronze B Cabos-Duhamel (France)

Bronze D Swan (England)

Over 90 kilos

Gold F Itiose (Nigeria)

Silver M Conway (England)

Bronze L Till (England)

Bronze D Richardson (England)

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Gold Belt Challenge

published Sat 18th Feb, 2012 by Danny Sullivan

Gold Belt Challenge



The 'Gold Belt' challenge is wrestled under Olympic Freestyle rules. Any person can challenge for the belt at any time. The belt was donated by Dino Armagan of AVA Sports to be a perpetual award and challenge. It is the most  sought after and cherished prize of the BedfordWrestling Club. 


The current holder is Danny Sullivan.


Former holders of the belt include Darren Goodway, Stephen Sweetlove and John Nichols.


The Bedfordshire ‘Gold Belt’ wrestling challenge is still being run and any challenges will be accepted


Sweetlove winning challenge





Brief History

published Sat 18th Feb, 2012 by Danny Sullivan

Brief History of Wrestling in Great Britain

In Great Britain wrestling was cultivated at a very early age, both Saxons and Celts having always been addicted to it, and English literature is full of references to e sport. On St James's and St Bartholomew's days special matches took place throughout England, those in London being held in St Giles's Field, whence they were afterwards transferred to Clerkenwell. The lord mayor and his sheriffs were often present on these occasions, but the frequent brawls among the spectators eventually brought public matches into disrepute. English monarchs have not disdained to patronize the sport, and Henry VIII. is known to have been a powerful wrestler.


It was inevitable, in a country where the sport was so ancient and so universal, that different methods of wrestling should grow up. It is likely that the "loose" style, in which the contestants took any hold they could obtain, generally prevailed throughout Great Britain until the close of the 18th century, when the several local fashions became gradually coherent; but it was not until well into the 19th that their several rules were codified.


Of these the "Cumberland and Westmorland" style, which prevails principally in the N. of England (except Lancashire) and the S. of Scotland, is the most important. In this the wrestlers stand chest to chest, each grasping the other with locked hands round the body with his chin on the other's right shoulder. The right arm is below and the left above the adversary's. When this hold has been firmly taken the umpire gives the word and the bout proceed until one man touches the ground with any part of his person except his feet, or he fails to retain his hold, in either of which cases he loses. When both fall together the one who is underneath, or first touches the ground, loses. If both fall simultaneously side by side, it is a "dog-fall," and the bout begins anew. The different maneuvers used in British wrestling to throw the adversary are called "chips," those most important in the "Cumberland and Westmorland" or "North Country" style being the "back heel," in which a wrestler gets a leg behind his opponent's heel on the outside; the "outside stroke," in which after a sudden twist of his body to the left the opponent is struck with the left foot on the outside of his ankle; the "hank," or lifting the opponent off the ground after a sudden turn, so that both fall together, but with the opponent underneath; the "inside click," a hank applied after jerking the opponent forward, the pressure then being straight back; the "outside click," a back heel applied by a wrestler as he is on the point of being lifted from the ground - it prevents this and often results in oversetting the opponent; the "cross-buttock," executed by getting one's hip underneath the opponent's, throwing one's leg across both his, lifting and throwing him; the "buttock," in which one's hip is worked still further under that of the opponent, who is then thrown right over one's back; the "hipe" or "hype," executed by lifting the opponent, and, while swinging him to the right, placing the left knee under his right leg and carrying it as high as possible before the throw; the "swinging hipe," in which the opponent is swung nearly or quite round before the hipe is applied; and the "breast-stroke," which is a sudden double twist, first to one side and then to the other, followed by a throw.


In the "Cornwall and Devon" or "West Country" style the men wrestle in stout, loosely cut linen jackets, the hold being anywhere above the waist or on any part of the jacket. A bout is won by throwing the opponent on his back so that two shoulders and a hip, or two hips and a shoulder (three points), shall touch the ground simultaneously. This is a difficult matter, since ground wrestling is forbidden, and a man, when he feels himself falling, will usually turn and land on his side or face. Many of the "chips" common to other styles are used here, the most celebrated being the "flying mare," in which the opponent's left wrist is seized with one's right, one's back turned on him, his left elbow grasped with the left hand and he is then thrown over one's back, as in the buttock. Until comparatively recently there was a difference between the styles of Cornwall and Devon, the wrestlers of the latter county having worn heavily-soled shoes, with which it was legitimate to belabour the adversary's shins. In 1826 a memorable match took place between Polkinhorne, the Cornish champion, and the best wrestler of Devon, Abraham Cann, who wore "kicking-boots of an appalling pattern." Polkinhorne, however, encased his shins in leather, and the match was eventually drawn.


The "Lancashire" style, more generally known as "catchas-catch-can," is practiced not only in Lancashire and the adjacent districts, but throughout America, Australia, Turkey and other countries. It is the legitimate descendant and representative of the ancient Greek sport and of the wrestling of the middle ages. A bout is won when both shoulders of one wrestler touch the floor together. No kicking, striking or other foul practices are allowed, but theoretically every hold is legitimate. Exceptions are, however, made of the so-called strangle-holds, which are sufficiently described by their designation, and any hold resulting in a dislocation or a fracture. This style contains practically all the maneuvers known to other methods, and in its freedom and opportunity for a display of strategy, strength and skill, is the most preferable. A fall, though invariably begun standing, is nearly always completed on the ground (mat). The holds and "chips" are so numerous and complicated as to make anything but an elaborate description inadequate. The best book on the subject is the Handbook of Wrestling by Hugh F. Leonard (1897).


In Scotland a combination of the Cumberland and catch-as catch-can styles has attained some popularity, in which the wrestlers begin with the North Country hold, but continue the bout on the ground should the fall not be a clean one with two shoulders down.

In Ireland the national style is called "collar and elbow" (in America, "back-wrestling"), from the holds taken by the two hands. The man loses, any part of whose person, except the feet, touches the ground.