I want to learn how to wrestle.

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I would like to learn how to wrestle, it seems if u wrestle or at least know how to then you can defend your self w/ ease. Im 15 and could do it in school but if i can do it at the gym id rather do that. My personal trainer at the gym wrestled and was good so ill probly ask him. Did anyone here do it? Any imput is helpful. Thanks
 

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Yep, It'll definitely toughen you up. It'll also get you in the greatest shape of your life in about 3 months. Join your high school team. You'll be sore the whole first week, but don't worry ... so is everyone else. It'll change you from a lump of jello to a tough SOB & the skills DO come in handy.
 

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Just don't end up with an eating disorder, seems like a lot of young wrestlers do. If they want you to lose weight make sure you do it the HEALTHY way.
 

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I was a wrestler, still am to some extent. Just join the team. You'll learn lots fast, or get your nose shoved into the mat on a regular basis. As far as defending yourself in a fight, it's really only good for putting someone in a hold 'til they say uncle. Served me well as a bouncer :)
 

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I wrestled through junior high. I was also a swimmer so I was in shape for it. It is tough, don't expect to use the skills to defend yourself though.
 

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Nope, IMHO it definitely helps when you're in close. Once you get ahold you can have your way. Helps even more if you go to the floor. You wouldn't want to go messing w/ a Tae Kwan Do types though. A black belt can still knock you out w/ one kick.
 
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Wrestling is a great sport in high school they required us to train 5 days a week between 2-3 hours a day. Between running, running stairs mat work and weight training you will get into good shape. You'll learn speed and agility which will definitly help in a fight also knowing how to take someone down can put them in a compromised position to then beat the crap out of them. In my opinion there is no one ultimate art for fighting they all have their benefits but if your goal is to become a great fighter you will want to train in various arts. (ie. wrestling or judo for grappling, boxing to be better with your hands, Korean martial arts use a lot of kicking, Japanese arts concentrate on balance and power "one person one punch"...) If you think you will just enjoy the sport and as an added benefit will learn to defend yourself then have fun.
 

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Because most of the skills are for either knocking someone down or holding them there. If you fight on the ground then there is some benefit. If you fight on your feet, like a man, then you need to learn how to strike. I don't get into a lot of fights but the ones I have seen end when the loser falls down. The ones on TV news keep going as all the gangsters kick the down guy in the head.

I really enjoyed the years I spent wrestling.
 
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I wrestled for 5 years in shcool. It was a good thing. You get in and stay in great shape over the winter, at 15 the working out is fun, not like lifting weights, more running, and jumping, team drills that are fun. It will help you develope your body at a time when its important. It also increases flexibility and joints wich is great becuase it means you dont get hurt as bad if you take spills dirt riding. When you join the HS team everyone knows your a wrestler and that tends to keep the lame bully types in check in and of itself wich is really like 90% of the battle, just avoiding confrontation by deterance. As far as real fight skills, yeah it helps, as a wrestler the most anyone could get in at me was one swing before I had them on the ground, most fights, a guy would take a swing and miss and be on the ground before his swing was done. Once on the ground very painfull submissive holds had my opponents agreeing to behave once released. If a crowd was present, the banana split was always a humiliating compramising hold as it more or less threatens to tear ones crotch appart :) .
Word of caution, wrestleing was very hard on my knees over the years, I advise wearing soft knee pads from the start to avoid initial injury caused by repettitive abuse from practiceing shoting. Some guys would wear just one knee pad on their shoting leg, but that is a tactical mistake as it lets your opponent know wich side your shooting from, I wore two. Also, its YOUR call to try to gain or loose weight, if you become a decent wrestler, let your body dictate its own weight, I gained weight every year from adding muscel and just normal groth at that age, dont let anyone tell you to gain or loose weigh, if your good youll get a varsity spot at any weight class your in and other JVs can either get better skills or adjust their weight class around you.
Sign up and enjoy! its fun, gets you in shape, and you can whoop football players butts if it comes down to it, your a trained fighter.
 

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If you want to get in shape and be part of a team and you are INTERESTED then join the team. If you want to learn how to fight you need to look into more individual trainning in several of the various fighting forms. There is no one "best" fighting method and anybody that tries to convince you otherwise is dreaming. I wrestled all through school but it was for the sport not to learn to fight. Sure there is a chance in a scuffle to put some moves on a unprepared opponant but expecting to grab an arm and go for a submission move can very easily put you into a kick, elbow or hand strike where YOU end up being the one not looking so tough. Do grappeling skills help in a confrontation? Sure, just like knowing any other bit of information such as pressure points, kicks, boxing,... you name it. In the end it's not what you know but what you are willing to use and how much pain you are willing to accept to achieve victory. A fight is typically the meeting of two egos getting in the way of reason.
 
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Bodge, Wresteling season runs with Basket ball season as a winter sport, cant do much outside anyway so might as well hang in the gym.

LOL GX, really I did it in elementery school for 3 years and then picked it back up for my 8th and 9th grade years, I was not bad, won some regional stuff almost every year, but after 9th grade, it was time to get a job to pay for the big boy toys, car, dirtbike, beer, girls, you know ;-) :). Who knows, if I stuck with it I might have made a collage team or something but not likeley, I did not fit the typical build as I was tall and lankey and they like short little ground pounder types.
 

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Im probly going to do it but the main thing im thinking about is the mental aspect of it. That has always been my weak spot in sports. I know i can grit it out physically but what can i do to keep motivated? Ive played baseball my whole life(from t-ball to jr babe ruth or what ever u call it) and the thing that got me was as soon as baseball would start up everything else would also. That always bugged me. Has anyone here had that mental weakness in sports like i do? If so what helped?