Losing the battle may win the war.

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I do not like to lose! This weekend I sat in the corner of the mat championing Jake Rogers a skilled freshman.  This young wrestler has put in the time necessary to be a titleholder.  I have worked with Jake through the years anticipating this moment. I have watched him put in the over time.  I have seen him sacrifice …

Pain

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Pain is certain. Problems are definite. Purpose is powerful! Becoming “Champions” is to effectively process pain and problems. Addictive cycles occur when we numb the pain with pleasure. Pain plus pleasure leads to dependence, destruction and defeat. Processing Pain is critical as we face the challenges that life will throw at us. Pain can be an effective catalyst to growth. …

How do you deal with a season ending loss?

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So you lost and your season is over.  Congratulations, you understand the beauty of our great sport that most of the world will never comprehend. To wrestle is to struggle. Listen: you had the guts to step out on the mat and test yourself against another. You matched your strength against theirs. You came up short.  You have felt the …

Atlanta: The Day the Wheel Came Off.

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battlegroundcommunity: A year before the Atlanta Games, the city was host to the World Team Trials. It was a chance for the organizers to make sure that the Games themselves were going to run well, and for those of us competing it was an opportunity to take our preparations to a whole new level. Walking into the trials I had …

No Quick Fix Training

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battlegroundcommunity: Our sports-minded culture powerfully illustrates our society’s search for a quick fix. I am amazed at our athletic training facilities. We have the latest and greatest equipment. We can create dynamic results in just a few minutes a day. We are looking for shortcuts. In this preparation, there are no shortcuts. When we find ourselves in pain, our tendency …

Training with the Best

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battlegroundcommunity: “Be the best. Find out what successful people are doing and do what they are doing.” ~Dan Russell Life is a fight.  Life is a wrestling match. There is an opponent wanting to control and dominate you.  How do you become tougher than Hell?  Who do you know that has gone through Hell and risen victorious?   In wrestling, …