Thinking about getting your kids started with wrestling?
There are so many lessons to be learned from the sport of wrestling.
Besides physical benefits like getting in shape, losing body fat., etc.
There are some very important lessons that wrestling teaches better than other sports.
Hard work beats talent. You do not need to be a gifted athlete to be successful in wrestling. If you’re not very tall or fast you might have a tough time finding success in sports like rugby or soccer. But wrestling might be the perfect sport for you! And if you are willing to work hard to prepare yourself, there’s no limit to what you can achieve in this sport.
Wrestling makes you tough. Not only in the sense of physical durability but tough in the sense of “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.” In wrestling, you are going to face adversity. We either shy away from it, or we learn to persevere. We learn to push ourselves when we feel like quitting.
Wrestling teaches humility. To wrestle is to struggle against another person the same size as you are who is trying his best to pin you down, which can be a humbling experience. And if you come into this sport overly arrogant or cocky you are going to learn what it feels like to be put on your back! So, although wrestling builds confidence, we also learn to be humble and compassionate.
Wrestling teaches accountability. When you are on the mat in the wrestling competition, it’s just you alone who is responsible for your performance. You must rely on yourself and the work you did in preparation to earn a victory. There is nobody else who can be blamed as in team sports.
And yet, wrestling is a team sport in a sense. Anyone who has had success in wrestling knows: nobody gets there alone. We need training partners, teammates, families, and coaches to support us and push us to be our best.
If you are ready to give wrestling a shot, come join the fellowship of wrestlers at Bear Fight Club in George.