How many of us, as children, grew up with and marveled at the great WWF superstars of our generation! Stone Cold Steve Austin, Dwayne ‘the rock’ Johnson, Triple H, Shawn Michaels… the list goes on. A lot of millennials and Gen X were inspired by wrestling. We give you a few reasons why you should consider wrestling as a serious hobby.
You learn to pick yourself up
Learning from failure is one of the key skills we need in life. Wrestling is perhaps the only sport, other than boxing, where you fall down at an alarming frequency. The greatest wrestlers always find a way to pick themselves up. If you think that is purely down to physical strength, think again. How many times have we seen the small guy pull one over the big guy. Wrestling involves more than 60% mental strength.
Never stop moving
We always think of sport is extremely tactical. There are times when you attack, times when you defend and times when you just have to stay still. This can be illustrated with the example of soccer, where at certain points in the game you have to keep the ball and maintain possession. In wrestling, you can never stop moving. One moment of inaction can equal failure. It teaches us an important life lesson.
You learn to manage emotions
It is very rare that pure emotion trumps technique in wrestling. Fighting erratically usually costs you the game. Human being are inherently emotional beings. While we always want to be driven by logic, our emotion can easily take over a situation. Wrestling is a sport where emotions can flare up. In that case, you have to learn how to take control of the situation. Whilst this is easier said than done, you learn how to have this control with more experience.
You will control your diet
Once you are in the world of professional or even amateur wrestling, the last thing you want is to look like a fool in the ring. Wrestling forces you into adopting a certain diet. You learn to keep your indulgences in check as you don’t want to build that extra layer of fat that could cost you in a game. In fact, if wrestling is taught from a younger age, children learn to manage their diet without parents constantly watching over them.
These are just some of the reasons why we recommend you to take up wrestling. While some of the factors mentioned above are true if you take up any sport or athletics, there are some factors, such as the ability to be on the move constantly, which is very unique to wrestling.