Foundation sport - Wrestling is the perfect foundation for all other sports. Wrestling develops and improves an athlete’s balance, agility, hand-eye coordination, flexibility, explosiveness, speed, strength, body awareness, footwork, core strength, concentration, and mental toughness. Wrestling will make you better at all other sports.
Self-defense - Wrestling is the base discipline of MMA. Wrestlers know how to defend themselves and neutralize threats quickly. Wrestling is about controlling your opponent. Wrestling is the special ops training of sports that will not only test your limits, but push them.
Exercise - Wrestling is the most physical sport. It develops strength, power, and endurance.
Teamwork - As iron sharpens iron, one man sharpens another. To succeed you must surround yourself with others who want to succeed. Be willing to be pushed by others as well as push others to success.
Confidence - Wrestling teaches hard work, self-improvement, sense of accomplishment, team camaraderie, and self-defense. These promote self-worth, self-respect, and self-confidence.
Growth - In wrestling there is no one to block for you or to pass to or sub in for you. There is no one to blame but yourself. Your weaknesses will be exposed. Hard work and discipline are the keys to overcoming your weaknesses leading to success measured not by wins and losses but growth. Each day you decide to become better than you were yesterday. There is no winning and losing; there is only learning.
Discipline - It’s the repetition of drills, hard work, and continually doing the best thing instead of the easiest thing. Wrestling requires postponing instant “wants” and “gratifications” to gain something more valuable long term. It takes discipline and focus to reach your goals.
Toughness - Wrestling is a physical, contact sport. You will sweat. You will cry. You will bleed. You will get hurt. But can you persevere through it? Physical and mental toughness go hand in hand. You learn that pain and struggle are part of the process of doing great things. You will come to know that you are stronger than you think you are.
Passion - The sport of wrestling is the ultimate competition where two individuals take their individual strengths and weaknesses and match them up against each other. It is a battle of strength, wits, technique, speed, agility, flexibility, and toughness. But ultimately it comes down to who wants it more. How badly do you want to succeed?
Success in life - Wrestling teaches what it takes to be successful in life: goal setting, hard work, determination, focus, overcoming fear, confidence, coachability, toughness, discipline, creativity, teamwork, and accountability. It provides the life lessons and skill sets that go beyond the wrestling mat and endure for life.
“Once you've wrestled, everything in life is easy.” - Dan Gable (World and Olympic Gold Medalist)