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  1. Took my son to the first open mat session I spoke about above and I have to say it was pretty good. They went over a few things my son had not learned as well as some reinforcement of the basics, double leg, single leg, proper stance etc...Now I just have to sit down with my son and we'll make a decision. The only cost of the open mat thing is the purchase of a USA wrestling card which my son already has for the year so it's baiscally free and the coach running it has a ton of wrestling experience and works really well with the kids.
  2. Thanks guys!! Jersey Joey I agree completely! He does play baseball in the summer in our town league and he's pretty good at that too. He's a pretty good pitcher using the two and four seamer I taught him. Last year he was one of only three kids on the team that could make the throw from third to first without bouncing and accurately. He must get these skills from his mothers side of the family because believe me the only thing I was ever decent at was wrestling. LOL! We are actually looking into doing the wrestling club thing after baseball season has ended but we wanted to go around and check them out now to get a jump on it. I do appreicate the input though! Bearcat, That's a great idea! I never thought of tumbling but really see how it relates to wrestling by teaching control of your body not to mention balance which is essential for wreslting. I'll look into that, thanks! I had to stop him from doing back flips off the couch. After visiting a few places for their group classes and speaking to my son I agree about the whole social aspect and I think he would work better in that type of setting anyway even though I did not try a private lesson. I think the last place we visited is the one we will go with. I've got an invite to another town by their coach who I'm friendly with for some open mat sessions on mondays so we're going to take advantage of those on the days it doesn't interfere with baseball.
  3. I'm pulling for Ashnault but even if he makes it to Stieber...well let's just say if I had a farm I wouldn't be betting it on him.
  4. My son just finished up his second year of wrestling and he is really driven to become better. In fact I have never seen drive like this in an eight year old kid. Believe me I know my opinion is biased because he's my kid but he has worked so hard in practice and when he steps on the mat he means business. He wrestled in our novice program where I was one of the coaches the past two years and this year he was the best 60 pounder in the class with no one else even close. I had to have him wrestle kids a little bigger because he was crushing the other 60 pounders and wasn't learning anything. He's been placing second regularly at tournaments and in his words he's sick of second place. I would like to get him into a program in the off season to help him reach his goal of making it to the next level in the program which would be future stars. The kids in this program at his weight are good, really good, and he's going to need help to compete with them. We've gone to a couple of places for a trial run to see if it's something he wants to do and it definitely is. I'm trying to get a second opinion on what to look for at one of these places. I mean obviosly you want the instructors to be top notch but is it better to be in a class setting similar to our practices or a more private lesson with maybe three or four other kids and an instructor? Or a one on one lesson with an instructor? I'm 45 years old and my wrestling career ended 30 years ago and while I never had anywhere near the drive this kid does private lessons and wrestling schools didn't exist then either so it's not something I'm really familiar with. We're in NJ and my son will turning nine in a couple of weeks. Thanks in advance for any advice you guys might have.
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