So, the only formal wrestling training I've had the opportunity to partake in consisted of a 2-hour session (as a 6 year-old) that was followed by a hospital visit. Yes, that was my first and last wrestling practice and all I remember of that fateful night is the beginning and the end. I remember doing drills with a gym full of kids my age; I even remember "locking up" with my partner at the end of class. That consisted of grabbing both of his hands and raising them above his head and then violently twisting to the left and throwing him onto his head. After practice my dad picked me up to find out I had a fever that would continue to increase 'til it hit 104, and the next thing I knew I was in the hospital with pneumonia. That little autobiographical tidbit could possibly be why I didn't start grappling 'til I was in my 20's. But, now that I look back, I often regret not hitting the mats again and tossing about some 6 year-olds.
As our daily readers know, I have fallen in love with the wrastlin' game over the past few years. I've made it a mission to seek out Erik Paulson and his students in order to incorporate the best of the best in grappling techniques. My personal opinion is that, if you can incorporate the many facets of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and strong takedown and pinning game, you will be a "complete" grappler. I admire guys like Paulson, Barnett, Sakuraba, Aoki, Kitaoka and, of course, the legend, Mr. Randy Couture, for there dynamic and aggressive grappling abilities. Those gentlemen, amongst many others have adopted Judo and/or wrestling into there games to make them dominant grapplers.
Check out this video where the legend Randy Couture, with his sidekick and grappling coach Neil Melanson, demo some grappling at the Arnold Sports Festival. Don't worry, you are indeed seeing things correctly, the video is sideways - which sucks. But the content more than makes up for neck discomfort.
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*This is video 1 of many so if you want to see the rest of the sideways action go blow up this kids Youtube page.