Dan

I’m the Assistant Wrestling Coach at LFF and take our classes on Thursday evenings.

The aim of the game in freestyle wrestling is simple: just touch your opponent’s shoulders to the mat, yet there are so many ways to accomplish it and such depth of skill in each method. It’s also great crosstraining for other sports; the close-range strength, balance, and sensitivtiy to movement you gain helps massively with BJJ (I’m also a BJJ brown belt), MMA, Muay Thai and even boxing.

If you haven’t trained wrestling before, all you need is some sportswear without zips or pockets (to avoid scratching/catching each other) and an open mind; a lot of the ways you have to move will be unfamiliar. We tend to do a light warmup and work on a few fundamentals every class as well as giving time for the more experienced to freely practice what they need to work on and give a few pointers to those who are newer. We spend about half the class doing sparring games/live drills; working against resistance is the heart of wrestling and the quickest way to see your mistakes.

It’s great to see people understand something new, and it’s pretty humbling to find out every day how much I have left to learn.

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