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I’m learning about this sport...day by day

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I grew up playing basketball. I am a basketball coach. As a child my mom sent me to two wrestling practices and I left crying both times.

Last year I started going to a martial arts gym and have been doing Jiu Jitsu. During the on-boarding process the coach asked me if I ever wrestled as he was trying to explain something to me.

“No. I played basketball.”

“Well never mind, that certainly doesn’t help.”

Though I am still new to Jiu Jitsu, while rolling (sparring for grapplers), I have noticed that the guys with a wrestling background were much much more difficult to deal with.

My son told me he wants to start doing Jiu Jitsu. I told him that maybe we would look into it after he can swim. He took care of that quickly. Well I don’t want to pay the extra fee to put him into Jiu Jitsu, nor at this point, do I want to drive him up to Omaha/Lincoln at night multiple times during the week.

An opportunity popped up as a local school has a wrestling club. It’s much closer and much cheaper. I told my son about my experience of rolling at Jiu Jitsu with wrestlers. He said he wanted to try out wrestling.

Since he joined the club I have watched more wrestling in the past several months than I have in my entire life combined. We watched a bunch of Nebraska wrestling and I still don’t know much about the sport but I’m learning.

Then there’s stuff like this that simply has me mesmerized. I think I’ve watched this close to a 100 times.

Todd Wolverton, one of our website wrestling experts, has informed me that this is a Granby Roll. To the wrestling people out there they may not be as impressed with this as I am but it’s still awesome to an outsider like myself.


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