Why My Kids Will Wrestle..
Published October 30th, 2012 by
Why my kids will wrestle..
1. Foundation sport. Wrestling is
the perfect foundation for all other sports. Wrestling is balance, agility,
hand –eye coordination, flexibility, positioning, strength, speed,
explosiveness, footwork, hustle, mental focus, mental toughness, core strength,
concentration, competition, and endurance. Wrestling will make our youth better
at all other sports.
2. Fun. Wrestling is a game. It
is the most basic and instinctual game. Toddlers wrestle. The sport of
wrestling is the ultimate competition where two individual take their
individual strengths and match them up against each other. Wrestling is a
battle of wits, technique, speed, agility, flexibility, and toughness. No two
wrestlers are alike. Fun stuff!!
3. Exercise. Wrestling is one the
world’s most premier physical fitness sports. Wrestling develops strength and
endurance. Poor health is a major issue in our society today and wrestling will
help develop a love of exercise and physical fitness in our youth.
4. Self-confidence. Very little
is accomplished without self-confidence. Wrestling teaches self-confidence like
nothing else I know outside of religion and knowing that you are a child of
God. Insecure people have the most difficult time learning from others and make
progress even more difficult than it already is. Wrestling teaches hard work,
self-improvement, sense of accomplishment, camaraderie of team, 1 on 1 aspect,
and self-defense to name a few. These promote self-worth, respect and
5. Self-defense. Although
wrestling is not commonly considered a “martial art,” it is the #1 base
discipline in the world of MMA. Wrestlers know how to defend themselves and
neutralize threats quickly. Wrestling is controlling an opponent. If you want
your kids to know how to defend themselves, put them in wrestling.
6. Humility. Nothing teaches
humility better than a 1-on-1 sport. Winning and losing in a 1-on-1 setting
brings humility. There is nowhere to hide and no one to blame but yourself. All
wrestlers will lose at some point and doing so in these conditions teaches
humility. Hard work and discipline are two keys to success in wrestling and
both teach humility.
“…I learned a lot about taking
responsibility for my actions when I wrestled for 4 years…All professional
athletes ought to spend a year wrestling. It teaches you something, You get
pinned; you can’t blame the coach. You can’t blame your teammates. The guy you
are looking for is staring back at you in the mirror” –former Phillies pitcher
7. Respect. The challenges of
being a wrestler teach you to respect yourself. After you learn to respect
yourself you will learn to respect others. You learn to respect your team mates
as well as your opponents. You learn to listen to and respect your coach. After
you learn to respect others you are able to learn from them, a life lesson.
8. Self-discipline. Wrestling is
discipline. Repetition of drills, hard work, weight management, and continually
doing the best thing instead of the easiest thing is discipline. Wrestling
requires postponing instant “wants” to gain something more valuable long term.
It takes discipline and focus to reach goals.
9. Roadmap to success. Wrestling
is the perfect example of what it takes to be successful in life. Goal setting,
hard work, determination, focus, love of challenges, love of competition,
confidence, being coachable, mental toughness, discipline, creativity, team
work and accountability.
10. Toughness. Wrestling is a physical, contact sport.
You learn that sometimes you just get poked in the eye. Physical and mental
toughness go hand in hand. You learn that a little pain or struggle is part of
the process of doing great things.