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  1. Yes I do produce champions. I have coached multiple BJJ Pan American champions and 3 different BJJ Black Belt champions (these fighters get paid to fight). IN MMA one of my fighters made it al the way to the UFC, although that was many years ago. Most recently I helped prep the world record holder in the shirtless bench press (660 lbs). And this is me most recently competing in the masters division in bodybuilding in the Mr South West USA and Mr Texas at the age of 56. I hold multiple titles from when I was younger. During my last year of wrestling/grappling I lost a grand total of 1 matches and was ranked 5th by the North American Grappling Association (NAGA).
  2. Good news. Matt fought tough at a couple of tournaments and while only going 3 and 4 he has decided to give up football and focus 100% on wrestling. We are thinking of sending him to Purrler for the 28 day intensive camp. I really like his coach as a person and administrator, but everyone on the team claims that the instruction is not that great (the coach is a great administrator and a really good guy, but he is over 400 lbs and simply cannot get on the mat and demonstrate techniques anymore.Our assistant coach is a football coach with absolutely now wrestlng experience whosoever. Its Texas. The kids learn. primarily from our Sunday coach (wrestled of Penn) and we need to look outside to get top quality instruction. I have the D 1 coach and a Juco guy who is very good but we are having a problem getting mat pace. I love Texas, but it is the worst lace for wrestling. So what is you opinion od Purler? Is their 28 day camp worth it?
  3. Yes, Worked my ass off to establish a club and help my team, and I did it all for free. I believe in my wrestlers. I post because you are a negative person and people like you have no business shaping young men and women, You are constantly looking for reason to lose. I guess you missed the part about where my team went from never winning anything to winning 2 tournament in the last 3 weeks. You also missed the part about me taking a 6 and 19 wrestler and turning him into a 13 and 2 wrestler. Every day I told him he would be a champion. I did the same with our 157 pounder who was 5 and 20 last year and is now 10 and 4.He has a father (former Marine) who wants to chew his son out after his losses, and I have taught him to instead love and support his son. I create a positive winning environment for all my wrestlers, alway focusing upon how we can improve. I have 2 sophomores who were losing JV wrestlers last year and are now 500 varsity wrestlers. I have a kid who did not win 1 match last year (at JV) and is now 7 and 3. I did this by securing top D 1 coaches (very hard to do in Texas) and creating an environment for success. Your negative thinking is poison and you should not be around young athletes. To get children to succeed you must build a mindset of constant improvement. If you simply focus on only winning, getting D 1 scholarships, you will never get anywhere. The key to success is teaching the kids to focus on the small victories...setting up their shots, keeping their heads off the mats, wrestling a little better each time they get on the mat, not making mistakes. If a kid goes from a 5 and 15 record to a 500 record, that is a success. If a kid makes the transition from JV to Varsity, especially if they are a sophomore and end up 500 at Varsity that is a success. That might be your kid that gos to state the next year. Your attitude that only winning state titles and getting D 1 scholarships is all wrong and will only lead to failure. I tell all me kids that if they can make it through our very tough practices for one year that they are winners. Because of this, our team has gone from 32 members to 113 wrestlers in the last year. At the rate we are going, we will be a powerhouse in 2 years. Tell me about your track record as a coach. Have you taken a losing team and turned it around in less than 1 year? Were you a D 1 All American? You list successful coaches but I guarantee you that they don't post negative crap on boards because they know that negative thinking is a communicable disease. They win because they know how to keep their wrestlers focused upon positivity and constant improvement. I suggest you study them as this sport is 90% mental and you mindset is malignant.
  4. Here is the article on age getting peak performance from wrestlers: If you read it you will se that it takes 17 years (plus or minus 2.79 years) for a wrestler to reach peak ability. Yet you somehow expect a wrestler with 3 years of part time wrestling (and is a big kid, so he needs more time to grow into his body) to be a hammer.
  5. WE will see. I did not mention my history, but I consistently produce champions in MMA, BJJ and wrestling (see below). It is because of my attitude, and I pass my winning attitude onto those I coach. I refuse to think negatively and always get the best out of those I coach. Because of me my son's high school team just won 2 tournaments, the first time ever. I took several wrestlers with losing records last year and turned them into winners. I implement science combined with HIT into my training systems. For example, bigger kids take longer to grow into their bodies, whereas smaller kids don't have that problem. Go take a look at the scientific article I posted on this topic (below). If you read the article I posted you will see that a 15 year old that weighs 126 is very different from a 15 year old that weighs 190. Bigger kids need more time to grow into their bodies. Football season ended and my son got a total of 6 practices in before his first 2 matches which he lost. 1 week later he was at a tournament where he went 1 and 2 against kids that were ranked in the top 10 of a very big state. He actually was doing well against the number 4 kid until he made a mistake, the type of mistake that a 15 year old kid with only 3 years of part time wresting and very few matches would make. He would not make this mistake if he had more mat time and match experience. That is why I want him wrestling year around. That put his record at 1 and 4. Since then he has gone 4 and 1. He just needs more experience. I had a kid that was 6 and 19 last year and after giving up football and working all year with him he is now 13 and 2. No one believed in him but me. Our head coach (high school) scoffed at me when I told him this kid would be a hammer but I was right. He will be state bound You are a negative person that focus upon losing and what a person can't do. That is fine for you. However my son and I are going to focus upon what we can do. I tell him after every match that, win or lose, I believe in him. We don't focus so much upon winning but instead focus upon scoring points and executing proper technique like setting up shots. You are free to have a can't do attitude, but my attitude is the opposite. I did not mention this, but the main reason my high school was not specially strong is because we have no feeder wrestling club and no junior high school wrestling. To remedy this problem I founded a wrestling club and secured 2 D1 coaches (one an all American). I also actively recruit at football games. Because of my efforts we now have doubled our number of freshman and sophomore wrestlers and recently won our league tournament and a big Junior Varsity tournament. In short, I produce champions. I will continue to produce champions. You are free to continue doing what you are doing and getting what you are getting.
  6. Interestingly, they found on average the age was 10 (although plus or minus 2.5 years). This is older than many may think, but explains well why so many kids that start too young burn out. Also, in these examples many of the wrestlers started wrestling full time. As a strength and conditioning coach I know that it is better for young kids to play many sports to build better neuro-muscular programing and not to specialize until they are older, say in high school. This article also found that there were differences based upon size. Larger wrestlers need more time to grow into their bodies. That means a heavyweight needs more time for his body's coordination to grow into his constantly changing size. Smaller kids do not have this problem. That means a big kid might be a fish his freshman year but a stud by the time he is a senior or older. Finally it found that it takes a full 15-17 years to peak.
  7. No, I don't think you are a jerk at all. I do know, however, that his losses have been because of mistakes, mistakes he made due to a lack of match experience. He is very strong at practice he is just not converting that to matches...yet.. He has been intimidated by the older wrestlers. Our 165 pounder recently beat a state placer (is 13 and 2) and in practice Matt is is beating him half of the time...yesterday he dismantled him. If he trusts his wrestling and stops making mistakes he is going to do well. He started the year at a tournament where 4 of the top 5 teams in Texas were competing. He was only 3 weeks out of football season. He wrestled well against the number 4 guy and lost on points. He lost other matches because he just made dumb rookie mistakes. He also started at a very pudgy (football induced) 192 lbs. He has only been back wrestling and getting in shape for 6 weeks (now 7.5 after Christmas). and is a much more lean 181 lbs. He has been shaking off mat rust. In what world is a part time 3 year wrestler who is only a sophomore dominating? Yes, Texas wrestling is weak...but is is a MASSIVE state and the top teams are strong. The schools are huge, more than 3k students. We had a kid get a 3/4 D2 ride last year...but he has been wrestling since 6. We will see. You are free to have your doubts but I think my son can make tremendous improvements now that he has made wrestling a priority. I started wrestling late, had a losing record my sophomore year but when older was nationally ranked via my club. I beat a Michigan State champion and also a D 1 wrestler. It was a mater of mindset and learning from my mistakes. I coach at the local club I helped found, and both of the coaches I hired were D1 wrestlers. I have wrestled against D1 guys and I know how incredibly good they are. I also know that hardly any wrestlers that became great did not do so after just 3 years of part time wrestling. It takes years of dedication. is 100% up to him. He can take the losses, have his spirit broken and quit trying. I know that the best way for that to happen is for me to ride him. He has 3 days off, tomorrow, and then the weekend. I asked him "What do you want to do, you can hang out with your friends if you want." He said "Can I hang out Sunday, I want you to do strength and conditioning with me Friday and Sat."That was 100% his decision. He has also been eating a perfect diet. Again, his choice.
  8. You did not hurt my feelings, I just think you post demonstrated a lack of understanding of his opportunities. May I ask you MMA background? What is your training outside of wrestling? The whole time I have been very clear that the decision was his. My job is to support and love him regardless of his athletic decisions. Having said that, I do not believe you understand/have been paying attention my posts. Back to my son, he is behind where most other successful varsity wrestlers are in terms of experience. He wrestled twice a week from ages 7 to 9 with no tournament experience. I did not want him competing until 7th grade. At that point he started boxing and excelled. He started TKD at 5 and excelled. All his striking instructors pushed him to compete due to his natural talent, but I did not want him competing at such a young age. However, when we got to 7th grade there was no wrestling at his school so he played football. As he progressed in football he did OK, but as a sophomore on JV he got less and less playing time. Next year he will be varsity but probably spend a lot of time on the bench. I just don't think that is going to be a good experience for him. On the other hand he made Varsity as a sophomore in wrestling. Yes he is only 5 and 5, but he does not have nearly as much background as most other varsity wrestlers, a grand total off 34 matches in his life, and he has been wrestling much bigger and older kids. He is doing this with only 3 years of very part time wresting, if he wrestled year around he will be a hammer by his senior year. Will he ever be a D 1 prospect, I highly doubt it but he could get a partial D2 ride. All the kids I know getting rides started wrestling at 6-7 and wrestled full time once they got past their freshman/sophomore year in high school. He is not going to be average if he commits himself. Yes, I know the operative word is commits HIMSELF. All I can do is love and support him....but I think that goes a loooong way. Now that MMA ride offer is HUGE. I don't think you understand this. Just teaching MMA pays very well. I know because I have prepped many fighters. In the MMA world people usually come in having excelled at only one sport. The ones that are successful are well rounded. If you are well rounded you can excel even if you were only a good high school wrestler who was never good enough for a D 1 ride. Look at the number 1 ranked guy in the World, Volkanovski....a decent youth wrestler who is well rounded. Of course I don't expect...or even want my son dreaming of he UFC, but there are good money making opportunities. You are not going ro make much money teaching wrestling, only the very, very best do. However You could have a 2 and 1 MMA career, not even fight a top fighter, then make excellent money teaching MMA because people will pay for that. most the guys I know make $50-100 and hour. One guy I preped makes 100k a year teaching and he only had 1 professional fight. He was originally a decent, not great high school wrestler and a terrible striker (he is a legit BJJ black belt). BJJ is not as tough as wrestling so if you were a mediocre high school wrestler and can adapt your flow you can get a BJJ black belt. Teaching BJJ pays $90 an hour. I make a living because I am well rounded. The guy who made the offer owns Black Sheep Boxing and is becoming one of the biggest promoters in Texas. He was my son's original TKD coach (10 years ago) and is aggressively pursuing him. He has made the offer of free room and board and training 3 times. That, IMO, is pretty huge. I said no, but another way my son can move towards that goal is to stay here and focus on his wrestling. I will work with him some on his striking nd a bit on his BJJ in the offseason but the focus will be on wrestling. He can then pick up his MMA training after the end of his senior season. Now the goal here is, not to have a career as a pro fighter, but to have an excellent way of earning income while he goes to college. On this path, by the age of 19 he would have the ability to make $50 an hour teaching MMA, or wrestling for MMA. He could do some part time while attending college. He is also interested in Attending University of Texas, in Austin, the same place as Black Sheep Boxing. That would give him free room and board while attending college. That is not far off from a D1 ride (and UT is an excellent school). Of course, once again, the decision is my sons. As long as he maintains excellent grades he can do what he wants. So, I presented the idea to him and he is thrilled.
  9. I prep MMA fighters. The number 1 fight promoter in the state of Texas has offered him full ride. Do you know anything about Muay Thai, boxing and BJJ? Do you know that it is rare for athletes to be good at all of these? Many great wrestlers can't strike. My son has been offered a full ride (room board, training etc.) in MMA. He has only wrestled 3 years so hs much room to grow. I think your should educate yourself before posting.
  10. Sure..that is reasonable. He actually would have a future in MMA. Like I said his boxing is excellent )his distancing is superb) and it is exceptional for a grappler to be able to strike and vice versa. His striking caches all say he is exceptional. I prep fighters and he is way more well rounded than most. Do understand that is is rare for a 15 year old to be offered a full scholarship in MMA that includes room and board.. But honestly, I would much prefer is focus on college. Also, keep in ind he is a 500 varsity wrestler as a sophomore without a lot of wrestling (3 years...only 1 year competing) so I think his potential in wrestling is better than average. The kids at 192 that he has been wrestling are older and bigger than him, and he is 181 so will make 177 easily. If he had the 8 years of experience that most other top wrestlers have he would easily be a state placer. He just needs more mat and competition time. He has only had 34 matches in his entire life. Right now he gets intimidates wrestling older kids (and makes mistakes) and htat will take care of itself as he gets more matches and mat time. But you are absolutely correct. None of this matters if he himself is not absolutely committed. I can lay things out but the decision is his 100%. I view this year as a developmental year. I don't focus on winning or losing whatsoever, I support him100%, especially in his losses. I focus on him trusting is wrestling, not a=making mistakes, setting up shots, keeping his head off the mat on bottom and using his stand up which is very good. At home I talk about diet and recovery, but not wresting specifically.
  11. Update: Matt is is 5 and 5 wrestling varsity as a sophomore. However his last few matches were against football powerhouses that were weak wrestling programs. He was wrestling up at the 190 class (now given 2 extra lbs so its 192) although he is down to 181 lbs due to his diet (which is perfect...I do diets as part of my job for a living). He was helping out the team but I want him wrestling at 177 lbs. He will be walking around at 178-179 by next week, so 177 is easy. I started a wrestling club at the MMA school where I used to teach BJJ and and (my son) did TKD there 10 years ago. He has also boxed and done BJJ since it was impossible to find a wrestling club close by. So how he has a place to train off season. The owner of the school is also a big fight promoter, who is familiar with Matts striking skills (he has excellent natural boxing). If you are familiar with MMA training, the catch is that great grapplers don't always make great strikers, and vice versa. Matt is good at both, so although my son is only 15 the fight promoter has offered him free training and free room and board in Austin (we live near Houston). Basically he has a full MMA scholarship. But I want him focusing on wrestling and going to college (especially since he has only been wrestling for a little over 3 years). Having said that, MMA is something for him to fall back on. Wrestlers dominate MMA (half the top guys in the UFC started as wrestlers). Every legitimate MMA school has a wrestling coach, so his background would open a career in coaching. A wrestler who also has striking training is what schools are looking for. He could coach as a way for paying for college. Of course I want him doing what he wants to do, but there are absolutely no opportunities for him in football, and many, many in martial arts. Yes there are kids that play both football and wrestle in high school sometimes make it in college...but these are kids that had 4-5 years of wrestling under their belt BEFORE high school. Had Matt wrestled in Junior High school he would have been better prepared, but God bless Texas his junior high school did not have wrestling. So clearly focusing wrestling is going to be far, far better for his future...but as has been said, kids have to make their own decisions, no matter how dumb.
  12. AS a strength and conditioning coach, and also 45 years of experience in the weight room (along with a successful body building record) I know that building muscle requires a number of variables to be favorable. First, you need high intensity lifting to stimulate growth. Next you need a caloric surplus to feed those muscles. Finally, you must manage cortisol levels that are elevated by high intensity training. The best way to manage cortisol? Take a day off (cortisol is also blunted via steroids...endemic in bodybuilding but a terrible choice for young wrestlers). That is why an off season weight program of 4-5 days a week builds more muscle than working out every day. These reason are also why I generally advocate only one, 2 days tops of weight training during wrestling season. If you are giving 100% in multiple 2 plus hour wrestling practices with tons of conditioning (IE elevating cortisol) and competing twice a week (IE making weight and limiting calories) the body has limited opportunity to grow from weight training. Having said that, weight training still is an extremely effective tool for wrestlers. However, I am still seeing lots of wrestlers spending 2 hours in the gym lifting after a 2 hour wrestling practice. I also notice that these wrestlers generally don't do well in competition. Here is what I advocate, and I would like to see what other coaches/wrestlers think: Ideally the best days for weight training are when you get a 2 day break from wrestling. For example, my sons team has no midweek tournament this week, just practice and then a huge tournament spread out over 2 days. If you get bumped on the first day (Friday) you don't wrestle Saturday, and will thus have Sat and Sunday off. In this case you want to pour yourself 100% into a fairly long and brutal weight day on Sat, and take Sunday off completely. The next best opportunity is when you have 1 day off. In that case, do an intense, but shorter work out. Stick to the basics, squat, deadlift, row, pull ups, and bench. For both workouts keep reps fairly high, in the 8-12 range. Heavy lifting is best done in the off season, in season is more about strength maintenance than putting on a lot of muscle. Finally, the third best scenario is to weight train on a day you had an easy practice. Again, shorten the weight training, possibly only focusing on half the body (upper vs lower) and leaving the rest for another day. Another important point: Never train on a day of, or a day before competition. Doing so is a recipe for disaster. I would like to hear what other coaches think. I know that there are people, like Kevin Jackson, who advocate lots of in season weight training, but that was more than 30 years ago when wrestlers also used saunas and plastic bags on the day of competition, all dated and proven ineffective technologies. Nonetheless, if you have had success I would like to hear about it.
  13. Thanks everyone, We are in Texas, so something closer would be John Smith's camp in Oklahoma. It is June 19th -23rd. Since it is deep off season I believe a technique camp will be more beneficial than an intensive camp. IMO, the off season should be more focused on technique than conditioning, although we will be doing plenty of strength training. Any tips on any camps close to Texas will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  14. Thanks abs, great advice that I am following. He got pinned in his first two varsity matches and is facing an extremely tough tournament next week that will probably involve more losses. I support him 100% after his losses and focus upon the thing he did right, not he loss. Having said that, he is improving greatly. We have a stud at 165 (undefeated) and Matt (my son) is starting to beat him consistently in practice so he is improving rapidly. However he wrestles at 190. I have him on a high protein moderate carb diet and he is losing baby fat rapidly....but his weight is not dropping much, so it look like he will be at 190 this season. But like I said, he is improving rapidly. If he can mentally handle the losses (and like I said...I tell him I love him, support him, and am proud of him after these losses) he should be winning half his matches by the end of the season. He is working very hard in practice and finally is watching video of wresting techniques. Texas wrestling is generally weak....but the schools are huge (my son competes in 6a) meaning he schools have more than 3k students. That means even though wrestling is weak, you are going to get at least one stud in every weight class. What do you think of sending him to a wrestling camp the summer, like Purler?.