Originally Posted by IronMan
The best advice I can give you as far as training guys is something that I've learned from a long time as a student: kick his ass.
The best coaches I've had, the guys I'm working with now, are always pushing me. They try and get me to break down, try and get me to wear out and give up. The circuits are ridiculous and the training sessions are intense. Knowing that they can't break me makes that much more confident and that much stronger. When they do get me to pass out or throw up, I know I need to work harder.
My best advice for a guy transitioning from wrestling is to get him in the gi. Make him think like a jiu-jitsu fighter, as well as a wrestler. If he thinks he can fall back on his wrestling skills, he will. Show him that it's not ok to do that.
Also work on putting him in the worst position. Carlos Valente has a policy about his MMA fighters. He doesn't let them fight until they can handle the worst positions. If you're guy gets hit and stunned and ends up in a bad position, make sure he can regain his composure and get back in the game. Make sure he doesn't feel like he has to give up.
Make sure that, as a wrestler, he uses lots of leg kicks and is aware of his opponents leg kicks. Alot of grapplers forget that they are dealing with strikers and get worn down slowly by an opponent playing away from them and breaking down their lower body. The best strategy for a wrestler is to slow down the opponents leg movement with legkicks and put him on his back. That's the way to go.
As far as really getting him ready to fight, it's all about Nietzsche: that which doesn't destroy me makes me stronger. Pound on him and pick apart his game until all he's got left are his fundamentals and build from the ground up.
If you want some more technical advice, feel free to post some video so we can take a look. A few guys have been pming that kind of stuff.
THis leads me to another problem. While I have many years of training under my belt. I have been off my training the last 3 years. Basicly while I remember the moves, know how to apply them and all that.. my reflexs and my own body and conditioning are not what it used to be. Not the best of ways to start off training someone 11 years younger then myself. Thing is I see this kid as having lots of potential.. I guess part of this will be getting myself back into shape...