Wrestling, like all sports, has certain rules. However, in this article I want to discuss some “unwritten” rules that can help you in your quest to become a champion.
If wrestling is your sport, these are the rules.
1. You will receive a certain amount of God-given innate talent.
Some fighters have a great deal of natural talent. Some have less. I was quite talented in wrestling in my competitive days. The fight came naturally to me. I understood the rules, movements, timing, leverage required in different situations, and other aspects of wrestling. However, I cannot play the piano. I don’t have the talent of Mozart. I can’t play basketball. I don’t have the talent of Michael Jordan. But wrestling always seemed right to me. But guess that? He could improve by playing the piano and playing basketball. It would never be great, but it could definitely improve. A person can always improve their skills. This is why practicing and punching is so important in wrestling. Even if you don’t have a lot of natural talent, you can always improve your skills. Also, I have seen less talented fighters beat more “talented” fighters on several occasions. Practice your skills a lot, make sure you are in excellent physical condition, practice mental toughness, and don’t worry too much about how talented you are.
2. You will learn movements.
Wrestling is considered to have seven basic skills. These skills are posture, movement, level change, penetration, lift, step back, and back arc. However, wrestling has thousands of moves and techniques. You should learn as many moves as possible. You will learn a lot in practice. You can also learn a lot from books and videos. By watching videos, you can access knowledge of phenomenal fighters like Dan Gable and John Smith. The Granby Wrestling School has many great videos available. There is no reason not to learn various moves, counterattacks, and techniques. Technique is number one in a wrestling match. No matter how strong you are physically and mentally, if you don’t have good technical skills, you will be defeated. Learn each move and then practice your moves religiously. You won’t use all of them, but you must learn various moves and counter those moves if you hope to be a great fighter.
3. You will receive comments.
Your coach will, of course, give you feedback. Your teammates will give you feedback. Your family and community members can even give you feedback. Make sure you listen to them. They may be wrong, but keep an open mind and at least listen to them. You will also receive feedback simply by observing how well you do in practice and in matches. Whether you win or lose, you are getting feedback. Tony Robbins likes to say, “There is no failure. There is only feedback.” In other words, you can learn from every experience, including losing a wrestling match. Inventor Thomas Edison once said, “I haven’t failed. I just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.” He also said, “Results! Wow, man, I’ve had a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won’t work.” Eventually, Edison would find ways that worked. You will too. Use the feedback you receive as you participate in the sport of wrestling and in life in general.
4. Drilling is important.
Drilling involves performing a skill repeatedly so that you learn it thoroughly. You want to hone your skills. You need to immerse yourself in drilling movements and techniques, so that they become second nature. The goal of a fighter should be for his skills to become deeply ingrained through hard punching. Drill hard. If your coach gives you two minutes to perform a two-legged takedown with your partner, how many reps can you do in that time? Piercing is common in sports, the military, and many other areas of life. General George Patton said this during a speech to his troops in 1944: “Throughout your Army careers, you guys have (expletive) about what you call” chicken shit drills. “That, like everything else. Everyone else in this Army has a definite purpose. That purpose is alertness. Every soldier must be alert. I do not give a (expletive) for a man who is not always alert. You are veterans or you would not be here. You are ready to what will come “. You also have to be ready for what is to come in each game. Make sure you exercise.
5. You can always improve and learn more.
As I mentioned earlier, you can always improve your skills. Often times, it can also improve your level of conditioning. There must be hundreds of ways to set up a single-span takedown. You can always learn new moves and new ways to set up moves. In addition to your coach, you can learn from camps, clinics, books, and videos. Golf champion Seve Ballesteros said: “To have the best possible chance of playing to your potential, you have to prepare for every eventuality. That means practice.” Practice is incredibly important. Always strive to improve and learn more.
6. You must be tough mentally.
Being physically strong is only part of the equation for success. You also need to be tough mentally. You must focus on winning your match and nothing else. Are you nervous, intimidated, or distracted? You can train your mind like you train your body. Practice visualization and positive self-talk before a game. Have a plan before you hit the mat. What moves do you plan to use? What is your strategy? If your opponent is good at the top position, then you don’t want to be caught in the bottom position. Make sure you can stand up and escape. If your opponent likes to cradle fighters, then you need to prepare for that. Believe in yourself and your abilities and you will be fine.
7. Show respect and be respected.
Show honor, dignity, integrity, and good sportsmanship. Confidence is good, arrogance is not. Overconfidence can also be a danger. I had a teammate who was in a game and he just stayed there. He was not aggressive. He did not respect his opponent and thought he could just stand there and see what his opponent did. I’ll tell you what his opponent did. His opponent knocked him down repeatedly and deeply defeated him. Respect your coaches, teammates, opponents, and rival schools. If you give respect, you will often receive respect. Some great fighters have lost matches and yet have maintained their dignity by shaking their opponent’s hand and then working hard to improve for the next match. Respect is important in sports and in life.
8. Success is your responsibility.
Be an entrepreneur and a role model. No one can force you to work hard. No one can instill in you the desire to win. You have to make an effort in practice. You have to want success. Do you need to be constantly pushed by your coach? If your coach doesn’t show up for practice, would you take the initiative to start practicing on your own? Or would you just walk away and forget about practice? Do you groan or complain in practice? Whose. You must be a good role model for your teammates. No one will simply award you a gold medal. No one can practice, train and exercise for you. Success is your responsibility.
9. Learn from others.
As I said earlier, you can learn from trainers, camps, clinics, books, and videos. Perhaps you have a teammate who is exceptional in a certain movement. Take a closer look. Ask him to show you how he does it. You can also learn a lot from non-fighters. I’ve learned new conditioning ideas from weightlifters, boxers, and mixed martial artists. I learned about the mental toughness of different types of athletes, as well as from sports psychology books. I have learned from psychology, philosophy, literature, and other areas of study. I’ve learned things from military personnel and motivation experts. There are a wide variety of people and places that can teach you a lot.
10. The spirit and the heart are crucial to success.
Having “heart” implies showing perseverance even when faced with difficulties or challenges. The wrestling matches are intense. Wrestling matches can be physically and mentally demanding. Do you have courage, determination and desire? When your legs are tired and your lungs are on fire in an overtime match, can you dig deep and push yourself to win? Have you ever given up on a match? Does fatigue crush your motivation and keep you from straining in practice? Do you want to win no matter what obstacles you may face? Do you love wrestling or is it just an activity to hang out with? Are you motivated? Are you excited? Are you ready to work hard to become a champion? The great boxer Evander Holyfield said: “It is not the size of a man, but the size of his heart that matters.”
I hope these ten “rules” can help you in your quest for success.