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Q. Why would I learn coreeda instead of any other style of wrestling or martial art?

A. We believe that all styles of martial arts are inter-related and encourage coreeda wrestlers to participate in other tournaments to develop their skills anyway, however for us coreeda is more about cultural identity and the much better question to ask is; if you call yourself an Australian why not do the Australian style of traditional wrestling?

  

Q. Is coreeda only for Aborignal people?

A. As already stated if you call yourself an Australian then coreeda belongs to you and the sport is open to anyone who wants to try it, male or female, young or old, the only thing we ask is that respect be given to Indigenous Australian cultures. In the long human heritage of this country, these are after all the ancestral ways of all the people of this land. The Coreeda Association of Australia firmly believes in inclusion, not exclusion.

  

Q. Did Aboriginal people really have their own martial arts?

A. Every human group around the world had their own complex martial arts, the myth that martial arts all evolved from the Shaolin Temple in China is a fallacy started by ignorant people in the 1970s, infatuated by Bruce Lee movies. Unarmed combat training in the form of traditional wrestling was obligatory for boys waiting to be initiated into manhood and according to colonial sources the techniques were highly efficient. Training was also done with various weapons such as spear and woomera (spear throwers), fighting boomerangs of several varieties, (some used for throwing some used like swords), heliman shields and skull cracking warclubs. The digging stick was a common weapon used by women. Contrary to what many believe, Aboriginal societies did not live in a utopic state of peace before the white man arrived and warfare was endemic. Combine this with the fact that Aboriginal men were the penultimate hunters and we begin to realise how effective Aboriginal martial arts were. Unfortunately these methods couldn't withstand the onslaught of guns, disease and an entire continental invasion. 

  

Q. If coreeda was only created in 1998 than how can it be a traditional sport?

A. With the British colonisation of Australia nearly all of the traditional sports were lost, the only survivors were marngrook which evolved into Australian Rules Football and boomerang throwing which is now mostly organised internationally from the USA. This is especially true of the Aboriginal martial arts, which out of necessity for colonial authorities were deliberately eradicated but documentation for these activities was made by individuals in the 19th century, the techniques of coreeda are based on these records combined with a modern study of sports science. Therefore we consider coreeda to be an evolved form of traditional wrestling as all styles of wrestling from around the world have gone through their own adaptative processes. 

  

Q. In some photos of coreeda the wrestlers are wearing what looks like martial arts jackets, this isn't how the sport was played in the pre-colonial times was it?

A. All sports evolve over time. Chinese wrestling was once conducted with the athletes wearing a simple loin cloth and looked much like modern Sumo Wrestling from Japan but in the 13th century the Mongolians invaded and introduced their jacket style of wrestling to the country. Nowadays Chinese Shuai Jiao Wrestling is noted for its use of wrestling jackets to assist in powerful throws and this may well be the ancestor of Japanese Jujitsu and Judo. Initially when Coreeda was being revived back in the 1980s, wrestling was conducted on football grounds and just like in Rugby League, long sleeve jerseys were introduced to protect the athletes against grass itch. In time the jerseys came to be used much like wrestling jackets, to assist in holds and throws but they are not crucial in the conduct of play and the sport can still be played without them. It is advisable that wrestlers at least wear a wrestling belt however, which can be anything from a sash or even a martial arts belt. The belts also assist in holds and throws but are more important for identifying which team the wrestler belongs to, red or black. 

 

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