Reading this article in the New York Times found at, I came across the name of Gregor Gracie (any connection to the famous Gracies of BJJ?). It made me wonder, what influences have martial arts such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Aikido, Hapkido, etc. have had on folkstyle wrestling done in the United States.

I've found in my research for Wikipedia editing that collegiate (scholastic) wrestling has had many influences from various folk wrestling styles over the years, and I wondered just what techniques could be brought into folkstyle wrestling from a martial art such as judo for example. I understand that most of those arts are for submission rather than for pins (except in competitive judo perhaps), but could certain takedowns, escapes, reversals, and even pinning combinations be developed with influences from those martial arts? It would be cool to know.

P.S. I would still appreciate feedback on the Wikipedia articles on wrestling by the way. Please see my earlier thread.