Camden Valley Wrestling For Kids
“Once you have Wrestled Everything else in life is easy.”
“Wrestling teaches values that last a lifetime, go far beyond winning or losing, and set the foundation for a rewarding career and success in life. No matter how good you were at wrestling, you will spend most of your life using the values that you learned in wrestling, not the technical skills, There is no sport like wrestling that can teach some incredible life-long values” –John O’Sullivan.
Lifetime Confidence & Strong Self Esteem: When a young child walks on to the matt to face their opponent, without knowing it, they are being exposed to pressure as an individual with teammates, coaches, parents and spectators all watching them. It is a one on one challenge using their physical ability and their mind and yet they may only be 6 years old. They are learning resilience and work ethic without being aware of it. It is pressure to perform as an individual and on occasions, if not many, they will fail and try again. Then, they may win and win again. They learn to lose, they learn to win and most of all they learn to do this under pressure as an individual.
Through this experience over several years, Wrestling builds and instils a lifetime of confidence and a strong sense of self esteem. Later as an adult, your child will have the ability to stand up for themselves, take charge of their life, work to succeed. For example, a negative social media comment or bullying email is far less likely to affect someone who has wrestled in dozens, if not hundreds, of wrestling matches with the added pressure of spectators. A wrestler has been through much tougher than words or what bullies can dish out. They are armed with the ability and confidence to confront and crush any such behaviour and on most occasions simply ignore it as irrelevant and weak.
What other values does wrestling teach?
Accountability, Resilience, Importance of hard work: Teamwork / camaraderie, Good listening skills, Discipline, How to overcome failure, Effort, higher levels of self-esteem.
Wrestling as a child has helped many kids grow to become great people and successful in their careers as workers and as leaders throughout the business world, from corporate executives to billionaires – successful people in all walks of life.
Gracie Smeaton Grange kids wrestling classes combine the Olympic sports of Greco-Roman and Freestyle wrestling. Wrestling is split into Greco-Roman and Freestyle disciplines. In Freestyle Wrestling the competitors have greater freedom; arms, legs and body can be used to take a hold of an opponent, allow them to overpower and gain total control of a opponent. Greco-Roman Wrestling is much stricter, it is forbidden to grasp the opponent below the belt line, to trip an opponent or to use the legs actively to perform any technique.
In our kids wrestling classes, kids will learn various throws, take downs and grappling. Wrestling techniques are sophisticated and generally speaking the winner of any wrestling match is the person who has the better technique, fitness and strength. Kids will develop invaluable analytical and adaptive skills.
Kids Wrestling classes start with a short warm up consisting of exercises that build on wrestling techniques and general stretching. Kids will then learn a number of wrestling techniques and moves. Wrestling is a great way for kids to stay fit while having fun! Wrestling also builds self-control and self-confidence. Wrestling is a sport of individual participation but also functioning within the framework of team concepts.
Wrestling contributes to the kids development of responsible behaviour including respect for themselves and others. A kid involved in wrestling can be expected to display increasing self-confidence and appreciation of their self-worth.
- A fun alternative to more traditional sports
- Easy to introduce
- Improves self-awareness, self-confidence, self-control and self-esteem
- Enjoyed on suitably matted area
- Physically active
- Encourages planning of tactics.
Wrestling requires total use of the body, it develops this with the following benefits:
- Improves reaction time and speed
- Improves fitness
- Improves flexibility
- Improves strength and leverage
- Improves physical development
- Improves balance and co-ordination.