Scottish Backhold Wrestling

A celebration of  the sport of Scottish Backhold Wrestling and the wrestlers who participate.  Scottish Backhold is a style of folk wrestling originating in Scotland. The wrestlers grip each other around the waist at the back, with the right hand under the opponent's left arm and the chin resting on the opposite right shoulder. When the referee is sure that both wrestlers have taken a firm grip, he shouts "hold" and the bout starts. Should either wrestler break his hold or touch the ground with any part of his body except his feet, he loses. There is no ground work and the bouts are usually best of five falls.

Scottish Backhold Wrestling

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Useful links covering Backhold Wrestling Clubs to join, websites to follow and places where Backhold Wrestling is played

Scottish Backhold at Highland Games 

A selection of photo galleries of Highland Games in Scotland which feature amongst other activities, Scottish Backhold Wrestling