This is the first entry into little idea I had running around in my head. A way to connect with those currently training with us and prospective trainees. It will serve two purposes. To help others understand what we do and the second is quite selfish. I feel this will act as a sort of therapy or venting vessel. If that makes any sense. So now that we got that out of the way…
“Repetition breeds habit” If you train with me, you will hear me say this quite often. With good reason. Most who are entering the wonderful world of professional wrestling will have to teach or rather “unteach” their bodies and mind how to react inside the ring. Most other sports you at times either look for the big impact at the detriment of your foe or you look to avoid the contact as a way to get past your opponent. In pro wrestling those things don’t exist. At least not in that context. We embrace the contact while at the same time doing it in a manner that protects all parties participating. This can be difficult at times. Toughest part is finding that “happy ground” where you can really feel the force, the intention, but not be injured or in peril. After all, we are looking for careers in pro wrestling, not “GIFS” or internet likes. In the beginning you see a 50/50 split it seems of those that are worried about hurting the other person so much that it looks horrendous or you get the ones that have to “lay it in” to prove they are tough. Of course that changes once it is their turn to be on the receiving end.
So how do you “unteach” your body? You do it. Over and over. Day in. Day out. Always.
Repetition breeds habit.
The moves, the footwork, the everything….it becomes second nature. Which then gives you the ability to focus on other things. Like the crowd. It’s like discovering and mastering the Matrix.
You will grow frustrated. Hours and hours of locking up. Hours and hours of rolls. Days and days of running ropes. Kick outs. Leap frogs. All of it. Also keep in mind, your body and everyone else’s has a “bump card” and you only can punch it so many times. So how do you get good at “bumping” plus protect your body? There are a few ways. Crash pad and a ring that is properly maintained. Team that up with yoga, stretching, and solid strength and conditioning and you’ll add years onto your career.
Will you get frustrated with the repetition? At times. Think of it like the “Karate Kid” movie. The one with Ralph Machio. Not the crappy remake with Will Smith’s kid. Go watch the scenes where Daniel is painting fence, waxing car, sanding the deck. Over and over. Until it became second nature. Then it came to him that now he is learning the art of karate. Same thing applies with pro wrestling…except the only manual labor you might be doing is setting up/breaking down the ring and same goes for seats. But lock ups, headlocks, rolls, etc, get used to them. They are the foundation of your training and vital in becoming a professional.
If you grow frustrated, angry or feel you are being held back because all you are doing is drills, keep in mind that Matt Riddle didn’t get in the ring for over a month. All he did was lock ups and rolls. Same for Steve Cutler who is currently under contract with WWE and was hired with only eighteen matches under his belt. The system works. Trust it. Embrace it. Repetition breeds habit.
Owner/Head Coach of The World Famous Monster Factory