Compete fair – Kids wrestle under age and weight categories.
So it does not matter if you are small or big – you can compete against others your size.
Everyone gets a chance – Unlike team sports, there is no politics or favorites. Every wrestler can compete no matter what your skill level is.
Wrestling teaches valuable life lessons:
Personal responsibility – When you win, it’s because you did it. No one else takes credit and when you lose, no one else gets the blame.
Not to give up when things get hard – Wrestling puts you in situations where you have to keep going and fight hard for every single point. It’s all you in a wrestling match and there’s an incredible feeling of getting your hand raised when winning a hard-fought match.
Wrestling teaches adversity – In every match, someone will win and someone will lose. Losing in a team sport is disappointing but it’s different when it’s only you. In wrestling, you learn how to lose gracefully and more importantly, how to quickly put it behind you and work hard to improve for the next match. You approach defeat as part of the learning process.
How to perform under pressure – Wrestlers have to mentally prepare for a match, learn how to stay calm, and deal with the feelings of anxiousness and nervousness over and over again. This repetition makes it second nature and prepares them for real life. They know how to approach a speech or a big meeting or an interview because they’ve learned how to step up when it’s their time to perform.
Persistence – Some kids find success early, but many will lose more than they win early on. Many of the greatest wrestlers started out losing their first few seasons. It can take a couple of years, if not more before it finally clicks. But when it does, it’s one of the greatest moments to observe. The lights come on, their confidence starts growing and they start beating opponents who they’ve lost to several times. This is when they truly become a wrestler.
Real confidence is built – Confidence is built through accomplishing hard things. Praise is fine but only lasts for so long. When you master a skill, score with a technique you’ve been practicing or win a match over a tough opponent, it’s because of the work you put in.
Incredible conditioning – Wrestling uses every part of your body and is one of the toughest sports to train and compete in. Kids build core strength and great cardio. You will be in shape.
Great for other sports – Many get into wrestling because they are rugby players or in other sports and they want to improve their skills. Wrestling improves body awareness, balance, coordination and the ability to control someone else.
Energy outlet – Kids have a ton of energy and they need a way to channel it. Wrestling practices and matches are non-stop with no downtime.
Competitiveness – If you are competitive by nature, you will love wrestling. Competing and winning against another individual is fun and a great sense of accomplishment.
Fun – It’s fun to win, it’s fun to compete and it’s fun learning and executing new moves. And while it’s an individual sport, there’s also a special bond that wrestlers have.