The Americanization of the Martial Arts in the United States

It is no secret that Asian martial arts are incredibly popular in the United States. Any given town may have two or three Korean Tae Kwon Do schools, a few Okinawan karate schools, a Chinese kung fu school or two, and a handful of Judo, Aikido, Jiu Jitsu, and other schools scattered about. The prospective martial arts student can pick and choose which style appeals to him or her most and is even free to combine elements from multiple styles.

It was not always easy to find a teacher, and the student had to spend a lifetime mastering the art. There was no “picking and choosing”, no shopping for styles and masters. So how have the martial arts integrated into western consumer culture? Quite well, actually. The freedom to pick and choose has allowed the blending of styles that have been separated for centuries. In the end, we are seeing the emergence of a truly American class of fighting styles.

It should be pointed out early on that this article makes many sweeping generalizations that are not true of many particular martial arts schools and styles. Some schools proved to be adaptable to local influences almost immediately, while others have retained their traditional characteristics for decades. This article is not intended to say that one way is better than another.

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Youth Wrestling Training For Champions of All Ages

When it comes to youth wrestling programs, many of the high school and college wrestling training programs use the same techniques. In fact, they might even use the same training routines that the high school or college football team uses, but youth wrestling requires a different program of training for it to result in a champion youth wrestling team. The reason for this is quite simple-different stages of development require different exercises in strength building and different sports work different muscle groups.hs-wrestling

It still remains that many high schools and colleges continue to use the same wrestling training they have used for years, even though it hasn’t resulted in many championship wins in their youth wrestling programs. Until it is understood that wrestling requires different techniques than football or basketball, many youth wrestling teams will still be overcome by their opponents who realize this difference. It doesn’t have to be this way because exercises for wrestling training are readily available, but many coaches use an overall fitness approach, rather than specifically training their youth wrestling teams with the routine that would make them more effective.

When you ask professional wrestlers that have been in the Olympics, you will find that youth wrestling training should not be the same as those that are used in other sports. You will also discover that the training you get in high school should not be the same training you get in college because the body changes require a different routine. When it comes to effective techniques that win the match, there are certain muscle groups that need strengthening, if you hope to have everlasting mat endurance, blazing speed, brute strength and an effective plan of attack to win championships in the youth level.

There is no need to be discouraged because there are simple ways to become more effective in the wrestling training programs that are used on the high school level, the college level and the MMA levels. As a wrestler is developed, there are exercise routines that should become part of wrestling training to help them develop a strong hip toss, develop the strength to avoid getting pinned and keep them from getting tied up or shot effortlessly on. In youth wrestling, it can develop the confidence it takes to become a champion wrestler, when they are properly conditioned and win matches.

There are pro wrestlers & personal trainers that are willing to give their advice for strength training. Some of the programs can turn wrestlers into raging bulls that win matches in the matter of a few weeks. It doesn’t take expensive equipment because a set of stairs can be effectively used as part of wrestling training, when it comes to effective youth wrestling training routines. The biggest problem seems to be a lack of understanding the differences between training for football and wrestling training. With the proper routines and exercises to build strength and endurance, strengthen shoulders, legs and core muscles, youth wrestling champions can become more commonplace.Proper training is a key factor in this development.

High School Wrestling: The Importance of Skills Training and Drilling

Laying a good foundation of proper skills and technique is paramount to any sporting endeavor including wrestling. In order to build this foundation of skills an athlete needs to engage in a considerable amount of practice.

Technical Ability is Key

In the sport of wrestling superior skill and technique almost always trumps superior strength. Strength work and conditioning can certainly be a vital supplement to your training but technique should be the primary focus of any wrestler.

It’s interesting how many exceptional athletes including wrestlers started building and honing their skills at a young age.

Deliberate Practice

Deliberate practice is synonymous with what Matthew Syed calls purposeful practice. Syed states, “Purposeful practice is about striving for what is just out of reach and not quite making it; it is about grappling with tasks beyond current limitations and falling short again and again. Excellence is about stepping outside the comfort zone, training with a spirit of endeavour, and accepting the inevitability of trials and tribulations.

Perfect Repetitions

We see from our discussion above it’s not just the quantity but the quality of practice that matters. Personal fitness trainer Brian Copeland has written about the importance of perfect reps. Anyone training in wrestling long enough will accumulate hundreds of thousands of repetitions of different moves and skills. But, are they perfect repetitions or is the wrestler just going through the motions? Repeating a given skill over and over again does not in and of itself make perfect.

Great Wrestlers Drill

Four-time world champion and two-time Olympic champion John Smith made drilling a regular part of his training. In fact, drilling was the mainstay of his training. He states, “I probably hit a million low single legs in my lifetime. I probably drilled a leg lace 40 or 50 times a day.

Great Wrestlers Know Many Techniques

I mentioned earlier how Olympian Mark Schultz didn’t begin wrestling until he was a junior in high school. So, how did he turbo charge his learning? Schultz made what he called a technique book. Schultz also attended camps and learned a lot by watching and then copying good wrestlers. I think he was able to accelerate his learning by spending a vast amount of time engaged in purposeful practice.

Studying Videos

Watching both technique videos and videos of matches can help you improve your wrestling skills.He also writes, “I wish I knew the different techniques I know now during my competitive career. I started to realize how valuable of a learning tool video could be early in college.”

Practicing Skills in Your Mind

Visualization is an important practice that can help prepare you for your upcoming match.  Study film, develop a game plan and take some time to run through that game plan in your mind.  Physical & Mental preparation are  essential tools that should be used on your way to victory.