Wrestling has always been a sport that is a testament to the physical capabilities of the human body and the mind as well. For years, young girls and boys have grown up with the sport, from private wrestling clubs to high school and college programs, in some cases succeeding to the highest levels of competition, the Olympics.
Great wrestlers are trained, not born. Anyone can learn the necessary skills needed to become a proficient wrestler but some may not have the natural talent that helps them set foot on the grandest of all stages and that’s fine, not everyone that starts wrestling needs an insane competitive drive to make it their life’s profession, some just want to take part in a sport that keeps them fit, strong and healthy while being part of a team and learning the importance of leadership, guidance and respect for others.
Wrestling gains more popularity every year and with the rise of the Mixed Martial Arts scene, wrestling has become the go-to grappling technique for many of the champions in today’s top leagues such as the UFC. So it shouldn’t be a surprise to your when your child comes into the breakfast den one fine morning and tells you that they want to join the school wrestling team.
This is nothing to be alarmed about. While wrestling is a contact sport, the risks of injury are marginal and the rewards from the training and competition that your child will experience will far outweigh any fears that you may have of your kid ending up in the emergency room. As long as the facilities and the instructor of the program that your kid wishes to join are top class, you will have nothing to worry about.
The skills that your child will learn from wrestling extend into every area of their lives. The first obvious attribute will be that they develop a strong body that is capable of work, with the current rates of child obesity and laziness in the country, this in itself is enough reason to get started. However, the benefits of wrestling reach into the mental aspects of your kid as well. Expect them to gain confidence in their self-image and develop the ability to work with others as part of a team. Self-discipline is by far the greatest skill they will learn and this will help them out later in life as they start their careers in the real world. So what are you waiting for? Get them to their first practice right now!