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  1. I don't think folkstyle wrestling is easy to understand, we just grew up with it and it all seems natural/obvious now. Had a friend from Russia live here for awhile and he gave up after a couple meets because of how confusing all the rules were. Also a big reason why it's struggling to get traction outside of the US, if you didn't grow up here a lot of it is weird and nonsensical. Totally agree with the rest of your points though... My point is...people who grow up in wrestling love wrestling (for the most part). Grow the sport at the grassroots and you sustain the craft. Hard to get people who love tennis to start watching wrestling if they didn't grow up doing it.
  2. Being a dad is tough...when to push and when to hold back. Parenting is like coaching, it becomes an art form. I don't know enough of your personal situation to offer advice but I can say that Tulsa tournament is a tough one so if he is placing there he is salty.
  3. Hi LJB, That is one way to do it but I have found if you love wrestling, you can learn any style. It depends on your end game I guess. I remember in the my final trials match in 92 I lost to Dan Henderson. Dan was a great all around wrestler but he didn't take the traditional college route after HS and went to Russia to train in GR. Worked for him but I would say it is even more difficult today because you are dealing with fewer weight classes (Olympic years anyway). Right off the bat you have a 40% lower chance of making the team than in say 1992 because of this alone. I remember when someone asked Lincoln McIlravy why he retired and he simply stated because I didn't have a weight class anymore. Personal opinion though...I think the Olympics are way over rated and there are much better opportunities to pursue. I had three sons all wrestle through HS and I was their coach. All enjoyed the sport and what it offered them and they wouldn't trade the experience for anything. However, none of them had the same level of passion I did for the sport and now pursue different professions. In the end, to even keep them in a sport as demanding as wrestling is a challenge...especially when the world around them offers instant gratification. I digress though as that is another topic altogether.
  4. To Whaletail yes, good GR is being taught. However, there is a lot of ground to make up and it takes a lot of practice to get comfortable in the intricate details of the holds, positions. It can be done though.
  5. I'll chime in here...from personal experience being on a couple US GR World teams. Oftentimes when training and traveling overseas we would work out at the local gym prior to competitions. I was always impressed with the GR technique while watching some of the kids/youth wrestlers in places like the Scandinavian countries, former eastern block countries, Russia, and Cuba. Their GR technique was well developed at younger ages. Not that this makes it more popular but it is an advantage in these countries that don't do folkstyle. We in America are used to folkstyle because we grow up with it. The rest of the world does not. How to grow a sport is from the youth level on up. People once said soccer will never take off in the U.S., but it has and you know what...they DIDN'T change the rules. As more people competed the more they appreciated the finer details of the sport and the sport earned their admiration. Don't get me wrong, my favorite style is actually folkstyle and one of the main reasons is because our coaches make up the ncaa rules vs some bureaucratic officials organization like the WWE (formerly FILA) that changes rules every other month it seems. With all the rule changes over the years in international wrestling, there really isn't a greater fan base in wrestling than when I was a kid. Go to most wrestling tournaments and it is family members who are the spectators but this is no different though than swimming, gymnastics, skating, cycling, etc. The majority of people who watch and follow any sport are people who grew up doing it.
  6. Select your own dates but overall a very cool database
  7. LOL and you are correct Ching...patty cake sessions.
  8. Jdowntown: I too love the mat wrestling and more so if top guy is working toward a pin. More grueling type of wrestler on top that is punishing. I don't like the 4 points for tilts though as I think this has actually reduced the type of riding that worked for pins. I will mention though that par terre defense may appear to be "lay and pray" but in actuality there is an art to it. I made some videos to help others get better at par terre and it does frustrate me to no end how many guys give up turns from underneath. Anyway, good conversations. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZQM6ctICJs
  9. You said it brother and good post. The 2 point tilt gets way to foggy and the refs have a hard time seeing/scoring it. I would also impose only 2 officials just as we do in the NCAA finals which would eliminate probably about 20% of official travel expenses. I don't say 1/3 expense elimination as I am sure back ups may be needed to give officials a break.
  10. many places throughout the world wear singlets in practice. We used to as well when we were getting close to competitions and wanted a more realistic feel. We also did it many times in local practice as well as at usoc for simulation matches.
  11. We practice in shorts and T-shirts, when warming up we are in shorts, now we compete in them. I think the look appears too casual vs a more formal/official look for competition.
  12. True...Meant to type "isn't." Don't be too fast to make personal attacks over a typo though. I was on the 1989 GR World Team which happened to be the 1st year women's wrestling appeared.
  13. I agree their is a gender imbalance in wrestling but GR isn't a "johnny come lately" sport.
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