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Old 12-29-2008, 08:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is MMA effecting scholastic wrestling?

I know quite a few of you guys are young enough to know if MMA and BJJ in particular is having any kind of a effect in the wrestling rooms.
Seems like there would be some cross over at a younger age now.
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Old 12-29-2008, 08:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think it is positively affecting HS wrestling as I personally would never have wrestled if not for mma and I know that a lot of high school wrestlers have mma aspirations and know that their mma skills will benefit greatly from learning the wrestling game.
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I started to wrestle when i got into mma. so more guys in more weight classes willing to take the mental and physical abuse of training and competing is a positive for the school imo
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Right about when I hit HS it seemed, people started joining the team who were real into MMA, kind of how I started watching. But yea it does seem so, my middle school had like 9 kids on the team, and this year my Hs has like 25+, granted it is bigger, but not double the size of my middle school. Most of the kids with MMA aspirations are real studs on the mats too.
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I really wish I had wrestled while I was in highschool.
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I wrestled from 3rd grade up to graduation. MMA wasn't even around back then and I was curious about the influence that it is having. I know the wrestling teams were starting to dwindle in areas that it isn't as popular, but now I can imagine that kids want to start some sort of combat sport after they see it on tv.

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MMA has not had the impact I had hoped for. I've been a high school wrestling coach for the past 10 years and maybe two kids each year ask me about it and try it out. Most of them watch the fights and screw around with armbars and chokes in the room but few pursue it.
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idk i know me and 2 other guys got into this season late because of mma interest so i guess it depends on the kids. We dont pull gaurd or submit in practice because we are wrestling not grappling. maybe they havent realized wrestling is control and grappling is winning once you are on the ground.
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MMA has not had the impact I had hoped for. I've been a high school wrestling coach for the past 10 years and maybe two kids each year ask me about it and try it out. Most of them watch the fights and screw around with armbars and chokes in the room but few pursue it.
I wonder if it would be tactically confusing for a HS wrestler to practice BJJ also?
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I wonder if it would be tactically confusing for a HS wrestler to practice BJJ also?
Would likely depend on the kid. I guess some could have brain farts and do something that would put them on their back
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