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When my son first started Hutto Wildlife Removal, we joined a club which teaches K-8 kids the basics of the sport. This was his first exposure to wrestling and he was as green as you could get. We were amazed when two weeks in, the coach wanted him to compete in his first meet! My son had barely learned the mechanics of how to sprawl and one takedown; it did not make sense to us to enter a competition when he did not know enough maneuvers, let alone be proficient in them. Our trainer assured us he wasn’t expected to win but that rival was part of the program. So we moved, my son took his licks and we chose to compete during the season, quickly learning the reason tournaments are part of the procedure. As my son has continued to wrestle and improved in skills, competition is now an absolute necessity and integral part of our training.
While you always attempt to win every contest, when you first start wrestling, it is important to compete even when you don’t have the resources to win yet. Despite your ability level, competition brings out the best of every athlete and creates a challenge to stimulate additional development. On the surface, tournaments are the perfect way to measure your progress in training; the more you win, the better you’re doing! There is nothing that propels an athlete to dig deep and push himself than an opponent who wants to win more than you do. Competing also shows you the progress of different athletes (from various areas). Through competition, you will face an opponent who’s much better than you. This gives you something to work toward and helps you envision what you ultimately want to be like. Wrestling teams practice with each other and wind up coaching with a limited number of partners. No matter how large the team, you are lucky to get more than a few partners of the same weight to train with. It does not take long until you get used to wrestling with the very same guys to the stage you can almost predict their next movement. Smart coaches are always looking for additional teams to practice with to keep their athletes constantly growing and becoming better to prevent the staleness that may happen from working with the same individuals over and over again. Competitions are an exceptional way to get your hands on new men and women. Big tournaments that bring in teams from far away are excellent for exposure to new techniques and training styles you would otherwise not get to experience.
During virtually every wrestling championship, you will always meet up with an opponent who tests your limits. This is also an very important aspect of growing as a wrestler. In many cases, it’s only when your skills are truly tested in competition once you really learn your strengths and weaknesses. While winning is most fun and definitely the goal, it seems you learn more from the matches you lost rather than the ones that you won. This is because it may take certain situations that will only arise during a live match with an opponent you don’t understand to make you aware of the holes in your game. The most important time of learning for every wrestler is the short meeting he has with his mentor directly after a difficult match. Correction of a mistake is best remembered directly after the circumstance. After every competition, if you won or lost, the most important thing you can do is to walk away with a to-do list of items you will need to work on in your following practices to get better. Contest delivers the most accurate and current list of what you need to do to improve.
As a beginner, do not allow your team’s eagerness to compete steer you away. The worst thing you can do is back off’until you’re ready.’ If you want the fastest improvement in your skills, competing is an essential part of your practice. Besides providing fresh workout partners, tournaments also drive the intensity of your training. When you know you are going to be facing opponents in every week, you’ll push yourself harder during practice and try to get more from each session. In the end, competitions are the most fun you will have in the sport of wrestling; the sooner you start enjoying them the greater your season will go! When you first start wrestling, jump into a competition in your first 2-3 weeks, irrespective of your physical condition or knowledge base. Regardless of what happens at your first meet (whether you win or lose), you will get to observe the movements and conditioning of other more seasoned athletes. This will show you what is possible and what your next step looks like.