Wrestling: A Sport Like No Other
You have team sports and you have individual sports. Wrestling is one of those that's definitely an individual sport and at the same time, a part of the larger "team" concept.
Some sports are tougher than others; some require physical strength and the ability to run fast. Others require the ability to jump long and high while possessing acute hand-eye coordination. The athleticism derived from wrestling will be beneficial in almost any sport. Participation in wrestling will provide:
- Greater coordination
- More endurance
- Increased strength
- Better flexibility
- Improved balance
- Increased speed & quickness
- Better reaction time
As far as the ultimate physical, mental and emotional challenge goes, no sport on earth rivals amateur wrestling. Wrestling is widely considered the oldest sport in history and is one of the original Olympic sports. Wrestling boasts an impressive list of alumni, including:
- George Washington
- Abe Lincoln
- Ben Franklin
- Tom Cruise
- Tony Danza
- Robin Williams
Wrestling provides that opportunity where you can challenge yourself to be the best you can be. When the match has ended, you are the one who's accountable for what happened. As so many wrestling T-shirts proclaim, there are no timeouts, no substitutions, no place to hide, and no way to escape. Just WRESTLE. Talking about putting every ounce of energy into a sport. If you do, you have a better than average chance of succeeding. Blood, sweat and tears are commonplace around wrestling mats. Wrestlers are among the most self-disciplined athletes you'll find. When the whistle blows, it's just you and your opponent. It's pressure, pressure and more pressure. Pure brute strength matched against someone your size with near-identical physical ability. There's no chance to set your own pace. Unlike other sports where you can coast if you want, wrestling doesn't allow it.
Wrestling teaches more than slick moves on a mat. It exposes a young athlete to adverse conditions where he must rely on pure guts and determination to survive.
It teaches about caring for your teammates and sacrificing yourself for their benefit. You battle your opponent tooth and nail for all you're worth, but you shake hands and often even embrace afterward, congratulating each other for the courage to enter the fray.
It provides a model for respect and admiration of other people. It forces a young athlete to make the most out of any situation and it teaches self-confidence along with self-esteem. Wrestlers quickly learn the relationship between effort and achievement.
All are winners. Even those who get pinned in the quickest times are winners. As the old saying goes:
"It's better to
the fight and lost
than not to have
entered at all."
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