||S’istrumpa, also referred to as sa strumpa or lotta Sarda, is a traditional wrestling style of the Sardinians. A common starting position for s’istrumpa is where the contestants face each other, and clasp their hands behind the opponent’s back, one arm below the armpit, the other around the shoulder. The goal is to land the opponent on his back, the attacker should land on top of him (FIJLKAM, s.d.).|
||Traditionally matches were held to show one’s own status within the community, without any sport-aspect. There were also more clandestine wrestling matches on which money bets were placed.In order to construct the rules for the first tournament in 1985 and to create a modernized, more sportified strumpa the elders were interviewed. There were no written rules, weight classes or duration indications.In 1994 the Federazione s’istrumpa was formed, which later became part of the Italian federation of judo, karate and martial arts (FIJLKAM), which officially recognized it as a sport (Traditional Sports, s.d.; FIJLKAM, s.d.).|
|S’istrumpa has been passed on from generation to generation through practice and stories. Now official wrestling tournaments are organized. Wrestlers also participate in the international tournaments organized by the International Federation of Celtic Wrestling (Traditional Sports, s.d.).|
||- Federazione Italiana Judo Lotta Karate Arti Marziali (FIJLKAM)|
- International Federation of Celtic Wrestling (FILC)
||- Traditional Sports, (s.d.). “S'istrumpa (Sardinia)”, Traditional Sports|
- FIJLKAM, (s.d.).“Storia. S'istrumpa: Lotta Tradizionale Sarda”, Federazione Italiana Judo Lotta Karate Arti Marziali.