I got distracted, Yes… YES absolutely
Couture is a great example of this in fact he is a Text book - so might Henderson.
Hamill wrestlers like a bully- something that is built into most overseas styles.
Couture was a Runner up to Mark Kerr ‘a friend’ to me.
and he wrestled in the service- and then did plenty of Greco in the international circuit
The water is deep- when you get out of the country.
the rest of the world is what the
Midwest is to America on a bigger scale.
Just like HS to college to NFL the game gets faster.
in wrestling- the game gets more physcial and the rules change
for most people this is the first time they are seeing what would be
illegal in a college match-
you see some of it in the Veritas Film - how much pushing, how physical they can get
Not having any Greco experience - even if you are a stud NCCA D1 type- your cutting your attacks in half.
playing Judo and Greco showed me how ‘we’ meaning the US are behind - in what we do.
we put so much emphasis on folk/college wrestling- we miss out.
Greco- has allot of stuff going on that can only help your collegiate game the hand fighting, head control
more sophisticated pummeling etc…
Just the fact that you can roll/compete with people from a completely different way of training will
make you better.
that and having some one who is on their way to worlds step on your head
puts lots of things in perspective about your own abilities.
Or just watching someone who seemed immortal get tooled - is shocking the first time you see it[/quote]
This right here is pretty spot on. I started wrestling my sophomore year in high school, and knew nothing. I learned on the go. After the high school season ended, I continued training in Greco-Roman. I eventually went to states and won, qualifying for nationals. Talk about a HUGE step up in training and competition. I managed to win a match, but was completely owned in the next two. But, in training with, watching, and competing against the best, I learned a lot. So much that my junior year was spent crushing most of my competition, winning my district and regional, and placing 4th in the state. Just when I thought I was hot shit, I began training with the All-Army Team and World Class Athlete Program. I can only shake my head at the beating I took. Mostly at the hands of one Dremiel Byers (look him up). But, I learned even more from him, and took that with me into MMA. Some damn good memories…