Believing in Nudism means believing many activities can be done without clothing, and although there are many sexualized examples of “nude wrestling” showing up online I would like to suggest they are not Nudism or Nacktkultur. Naturism as a Way of Living is offering the facts that, 1). Wrestling is a serious sport with a long history, and 2). Wrestling is a close-combat sport and it is difficult to master. I am offering this example (Vimeo video) and one other still picture today as examples of the SERIOUS nature of these sports.
Although I was not a wrestler in the past, I did study Tae Kwon Do and Tang Soo Do and recall evening sessions so intense as to be physically exhausted when practice was over! Believe me I slept good those nights. Typical karate practice sessions last 1 and 1/2 hours or more because it is necessary to warm-up the muscles, train and then cool down afterwards. The study of the martial arts or engaging in intense exercise should be approved by your doctor before you begin. There is always a risk of injury and NOBODY should work-out alone!
Watch this video for a few minutes and the obvious physical intensity of wrestling will be apparent (Disclaimer: I do not know the nature of the original filming of this footage; whether it was filmed for sporting purposes or another reason).
In some cases there is a “fear” of close-contact nudity, ANY contact nudity, or the very idea of Nudists being in close proximity to each other provokes “other thoughts”, funny ones or uneasy ones. I believe this is a result of wide-spread social conditioning and the distinct absence of more nude sports and intense exercise regimes in Nudist social settings and circles. Perhaps there are books dedicated to naked exercise and physical fitness, but what I have seen the most of is nude modeling (posing), figure drawing and artistic photography - these books simply fail to mention the exercise required to achieve many of the looks shown among the pages.
In recent times Naked Yoga and Nude Yoga classes seem to have dominated lifestyle-themed websites and news releases, however, there is room for more discussion and exploration of our fitness needs and practices.
All of these "close-in combat" sports teach muscle memory and can or should be a part of Nudism, Naturism and self-defense training. Remember, just because you are nude or a Nudist does not mean you should ever be a victim of violence or crime! ~ Centauri4
This video most recently appeared on machowrestling: ”Natural Wrestling” and “Lucha Libre Natural”.