Toughest Sport on Earth
“After you’ve wrestled, everything else in life is easy.” - Dan Gable Olympic Gold Medalist and Coach
Wrestling will make you better at all other sports. 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 is an instinctual game. The sport of wrestling is the ultimate competition where two individuals take their 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.
Wrestling is the world’s most premier physical fitness sport. Wrestling develops strength and endurance. Poor health is a significant issue in our society today, and wrestling will help create a love of exercise and physical fitness.
Wrestling teaches self-confidence like nothing else. Wrestling teaches hard work, self-improvement, a sense of accomplishment, the camaraderie of a team, one on one aspect, and self-defense. These promote self-worth, respect, and confidence.
Wrestling 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.
Winning and losing in a 1-on-1 setting brings humility. There is nowhere to hide and no one to blame but yourself. Hard work and discipline are two keys to success in wrestling, and both teach humility.
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 teammates and your opponents. You learn to listen and respect your coach. After you learn to respect others, you can learn from them a life lesson.
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 on reaching goals.
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Wrestling is the perfect example of what it takes to be successful in life. Goal setting, hard work, determination, focus, love of challenges, competition, confidence, coachability, mental toughness, discipline, creativity, teamwork, and accountability.
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 realize that a bit of pain or struggle is part of the process of doing great things.
Excerpt from, Why My Kids Will Wrestle by Cael Sanderson