Lutta Corsa

Lutta Corsa (the French name is Lutte corse; both mean “Corsican free fighting”) is an ancient, unarmed martial art developed from ancient pankration by shepherds on the Mediterranean island of Corsica.

Lutta corsa is a free-fighting art believed to have developed from Greek pankration wrestling and was traditionally practiced by shepherds on the Mediterranean island of Corsica.

Although little is known about the art’s exact origins, the sport is likely to have evolved among wandering shepherds who used a fighting system that included throws, kicks, chokes, and punches to settle scores, right wrongs, and restore honor.

In Corsica, they are the shepherds of the interior who are at the origin, and it is incorrect to say that ANY CORSICA knew the fight. This activity was in fact originally known only by the pastoral world, began to spread only in the inland villages in the alps.

The fight followed the shepherds, and she practiced where were the shepherds. Of course, if during visits to villages, the shepherds made converts among people, i paesani were less attracted by the physical aspect of the fight. True, their activity was largely based on work force, often painful, and they preferred to play under more relaxing. That did not stop, however, that the parties control were held mainly during the threshing of wheat, during the frequent pauses awaiting a Spuller (pending wind helping to disperse the ears).

In general, we can say that the origin of the Corsican struggle, like so many other traditional wrestling, is based on the agro-pastoral life. This game is practiced without violence, and friendship. The men willingly challenged to prove their strength and superiority. To this end, the fight was one of the most used.

The inhabitants of large cities do not practice the fight, and never knew it vaguely, to have heard of or have attended a party at a residence in a village in the interior. The fight is essentially the game of the shepherds, “the bourgeoisie Corsican” felt a certain repulsion towards this game, seen as brutal, primary, and no interest, unlike the French nobility and foreign practiced diligently, and contended the fight even tournaments, like Francis the first, king of France, a passionate struggle victorious King Henry VIII of England during the meeting of the Field of the Cloth Gold in 1520.