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    Default Should I countinue to wrestle?

    Let's began my story...
    I joined wrestling practice very late in the season, so I missed all the basics etc. I kept going to practice everyday there was practice, for around a month. In practice, I still am unable to accomplish a take down during live wrestling. I am beginning to question myself, if I progressed at all since that first day.

    When the whistle blows (during practice), I find myself wondering what to do, I know the techniques or what they are at least, but I never seem to find any opportunities. When I attempt my shots (very few attempts, at that), they fail and my face is on the mat.

    Eventually, through a few seconds of struggle, I end up on my back or whatever position my partner wishes to put me in. Any attempts to resist seem to futile. Hopeless, I think to myself. Now, after each day of practice my will to resist decreases more and more.

    Do I want to wrestle? Yes, I like the sport, both as a spectator and participant. Do I want to win? Of course, but with little knowledge of basics, can I?

    In the summer there will be practice, and the coach(s) will go over the basics.
    As of now, practice for me is basically conditioning, but it seems to lack purpose.

    Should I continue to wrestle the remainder of the school year?

    Thanks for reading
    any advice, etc would be greatly appreciated.

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    Default Re: Should I countinue to wrestle?

    If you enjoy it, why not?

    Ask your coach to stay after with you to critique what you're missing. Start planning for next season by doing basic shot and stand up drills. If you keep at it from now until next season those kids that are punishing you will be wondering what happened.

    Don't give up.

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    Default Re: Should I countinue to wrestle?

    yes, stay with it. you'll never learn the body awareness without practice. you simply need to wrestle more. do some tumbling exercises to help control your body in flight and then work on position. drill in a stance position, do a squat thrust type movement and pop right back up to your feet over and over. this drills quickness and body control from a position you are in while wrestling, on your feet, to a sprawl, on your feet, to a sprawl. over and over.
    but then again, i may be retarded

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    Quitting now would be a huge mistake. Keep at it and always try to work with the top guys. Even if they are killing you now it will only make you better. Over the summer dedicate yourself to go to any offseason workouts or summer camps that are available. If you push yourself hard you will see some major improvement by next season.

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    Default Re: Should I countinue to wrestle?

    purekhmer, I think you knew the answer all along, before you even posted this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schlottke View Post
    If you enjoy it, why not?

    Ask your coach to stay after with you to critique what you're missing. Start planning for next season by doing basic shot and stand up drills. If you keep at it from now until next season those kids that are punishing you will be wondering what happened.

    Don't give up.
    Great advice Have seen this happen. watched some wrestler Struggle in all aspects of the sport one year. And things just start clicking the next
    stik with it

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinknikes View Post
    purekhmer, I think you knew the answer all along, before you even posted this.
    Totally agree

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    Quote Originally Posted by purekhmer View Post
    Let's began my story...
    I joined wrestling practice very late in the season, so I missed all the basics etc. I kept going to practice everyday there was practice, for around a month. In practice, I still am unable to accomplish a take down during live wrestling. I am beginning to question myself, if I progressed at all since that first day.

    When the whistle blows (during practice), I find myself wondering what to do, I know the techniques or what they are at least, but I never seem to find any opportunities. When I attempt my shots (very few attempts, at that), they fail and my face is on the mat.

    Eventually, through a few seconds of struggle, I end up on my back or whatever position my partner wishes to put me in. Any attempts to resist seem to futile. Hopeless, I think to myself. Now, after each day of practice my will to resist decreases more and more.

    Do I want to wrestle? Yes, I like the sport, both as a spectator and participant. Do I want to win? Of course, but with little knowledge of basics, can I?

    In the summer there will be practice, and the coach(s) will go over the basics.
    As of now, practice for me is basically conditioning, but it seems to lack purpose.

    Should I continue to wrestle the remainder of the school year?

    Thanks for reading
    any advice, etc would be greatly appreciated.
    As someone who was in your exact same situation I would highly recommend you stick with it... at least at the highschool level. I started wrestling as a junior and I got absolutely pisspounded, I think I was like 3-17 or something ridiculous and I came back my senior year to go like 22-10. Nothing to brag about for sure, but its probably one of the accomplishments in my life that holds the most meaning on a personal level.

    Up here at college I dont wrestle anymore but when I did I often felt like it was the first day of highschool practice all over again, but I didnt let that discourage me. I quit because of school and time constraints, but I still feel like every wrestling practice I went to was a worthwhile expierience.

    Trust me, it might seem like you arent getting better, but you are. Keep with it for another few years and no matter what point you get to I guarentee you that will look back at yourself this year and go "Man, I would techfall myself during my first year".

    Plus even if you never get very good you're still going to be better then someone who has never wrestled, I get my ass handed to me by the guys on the team, but if I start messing around with a weight lifting buddy or something they get thrown around like no ones business, and its a nice little ego boost. Someone might be able to benchpress 2x what you can but you'll still have the knowledge that you could take them, and personally I find that satisfying (petty, I know).
    Gold is an idiot.

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