New Members

Wrestling-PracticeSo far we’ve had two guys submit the member form for Northern Virginia Wrestling.

Welcome, Steven and  Greg. Can’t wait to meet you guys.

On our Facebook page we have 15 friends.

Hopefully as word spreads we’ll gain the critical mass to hold an initial launch meeting and try to figure out where we want to go with Northern Virginia Wrestling.

You can find the members form here.

Stay tuned.

New Members

NVWLogo14Just a quick note this morning.

We have our first two members!!

The website is getting close to done. We’ve created a Northern Virginia Wrestling Facebook page.

Also, we created a member application under the Join tab on front page menu.

 

Benefits of Wrestling

OpenmatOK, so here’s another article from isports.com on wrestling, this one on the benefits of wrestling.

Even for us older guys there are tons of health benefits to wrestling. With the aid of a good wrestling partner you and he get a solid cardio and strength workout.

But here are some more benefits from the article, The Benefits of Wrestling.

  • It’s a sport everyone in the world understands.  “There probably aren’t many people in the world who haven’t wrestled around or roughhoused with siblings and friends.”
  • Anyone one can wrestle.  “In some sports, only certain body types are able to succeed. In wrestling, as long as you are tough and have the desire to win, nothing else matters. Weight classes ensure fairness amongst the competitors, so you’re never too small or too big to participate.”
  • Personal growth and development.  Wrestling teaches self-confidence, discipline, mental toughness, sportsmanship and competitiveness. “When you wrestle, you can’t rely on anyone but yourself. You have to be accountable for your own successes and failures.
  • Physical fitness and self-defense. “Although many wrestlers don’t start out as ‘natural athletes,’ wrestling improves balance, reflexes, strength, endurance, and agility. Wrestlers are often very lean and strong for their body weight.”

So bring along a buddy and join us at Northern Virginia Wrestling. Email us at contact@novawrestling.com. Once we get a core group of guys committed to starting a club we’ll begin the search for a facility.

Let’s wrestle!

How to Choose a Wrestling Club

Wrestling_findingWrestlingClub_1v2Throughout Northern Virginia there are dozens of youth oriented wrestling clubs. Nearly all area high schools have wrestling teams, and many of those have youth clubs associated with them.

However, there’s a dearth of wrestling clubs exclusively for adults. This article, How to Chose a Wrestling Club, talks about factors that should influence your decision on which club is right for you.

Going with the notion that everyone wants to find a quality club that is close to home, a good place to start is with local school teams. Many primary and secondary schools have club teams in addition to their scholastic squads. There also may be information about club practices or matches in your local newspaper, or even at a community center. Gather some information and check out an event to see if you like the way the team is run.
If you are able to attend a match or a practice (make sure these are open to the public), try to track down a coach or two and ask them about their program. Keep in mind that coaches will likely be busy dealing with their wrestlers, so don’t take it personally if you don’t get the answers you’re looking for right away. Try asking for a phone number, e-mail address or even the team’s website to continue your search for information. Most coaches will be glad to help, and making contact is a good first step to get you into a club.

The article goes on to talk about setting goals and the importance of the club having a good coach. So far we don’t have a coach at Northern Virginia Wrestling, but hopefully we will by the time we launch our first practice.

 

Getting Involved in Wrestling

Wrestling-Greco-Roman-Wrestler-Performing-a-Suplex-272x300Most guys who wrestle learned the sport either in gym class or as part of a youth or high school wrestling team.

Lot of dads introduce their sons to the sport either because they wrestled themselves as young people, or they see the sport as a good match for their boys. I know I learned the sport as a dad, first watching my young sons at practice and then joining them on the mat as an assistant coach.

Regardless how you learn the sport, it’s never too late to pick it up. Here’s an article I found the other day about getting into wrestling as an adult:

One of the greatest things about wrestling is that anyone can do it, no matter your weight, body type, or even age. If you’re interested in learning how to wrestle, but think you may be too old to do so, think again!

If you are new to the sport, or are concerned about your level of fitness, the best way for you to learn the basics is by joining a club/team, or by taking classes geared towards beginners. Some freestyle and Greco-Roman clubs offer beginners’ classes for adults.

One of the goals of Northern Virginia Wrestling is to introduce men who’ve never wrestled to this great sport. Hopefully, as we get things organized, we’ll assemble a group of guys of varying skill levels and the more experienced wrestlers will take the time to show the new ones the ropes.

Read the whole article: http://wrestling.isport.com/wrestling-guides/how-adults-can-get-involved-in-wrestling

Wrestling for Grownups