Swift Advice – ‘Common Issues’

Greetings once again. Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to read my previous entries and if this particular ramble is the first you have spied please feel free to search the archives for the others.

This time around I’m going to look at some of the most common issues new trainees are likely to experience, with perhaps a bonus insight or two along the way.

Without getting into too much of the nuts and bolts because I do strongly feel that some things are to be left to the imagination and should be passed on to you once they are earnt. Ok, here goes.

Nothing about this is natural. I don’t think I am wrong in saying that anyone who wrestles is a much different breed of cat. Regardless of the level – weekend warrior or full time. The most important thing you will learn is how to protect yourself. You will pick up knocks along the way but learning how to fall is essential, and in doing so you will likely have to fight against your natural instincts. Like I said, nothing about this is routine.

The embarrassment factor. Wrestling isn’t subtle and you have to project physically and emotionally. Get over being embarrassed. For real. If public speaking terrifies you. Practice to where you are at least able to bluff giving off the impression that you are confident. I’m regularly in front of strangers in my pants. Accept this notion and own it!

There is a process of earning ring time. It’s a luxury to be in the ring. Remember thousands of people would love to have the chance. Respect it and wait until you allowed that opportunity. Also accept that you may never get to. If you are a danger to yourself and in turn others, there’s a strong chance you won’t be in the squared circle.

Treat this as a part one with part two to be online in the very near future.

Bye bye for now.

Scotty Swift
(Here’s to another ten years…)
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