Projo Wrestling Week 8: The End Is Here.

29-01-14_12-13progress-trainingAnd so, it came down to this. Seven weeks of practice and all that remained was the assessment. As mentioned in last week’s review, the seven we were about to be graded on were as follows: Conditioning; Rolls; Bumps; Rope Running; International Drill; Chain wrestling & Strikes. Two classes were put together for this grading, so it was interesting to see how everyone compared in their learning. My main goal though was to pass first time. So did I do it? Continue reading

Projo Wrestling Week 7: Last Chance.

29-01-14_12-13progress-trainingDon’t be confused, this is not the last week yet. This week was merely the last chance for practicing everything we have learnt up to this point before our assessment next week. Its been a grueling, demanding yet enjoyable course, but only a little time left to the end. I, along with everyone else, had to make the most of this practice. Continue reading

Projo Wrestling Week 6: Flip Bumps – A body’s worst nightmare.

29-01-14_12-13progress-trainingWith only three sessions to go, its easy to think the end is near. But when those sessions are filled with hard bumps and hideous conditioning, you cannot afford to look too far ahead. Two sessions and then assessment week. This is it. The final leg of the course. Continue reading

Projo Wrestling Week 5: It just builds up and up

29-01-14_12-13progress-trainingLooking back on the first four weeks of this course in the reviews, it feels like I have understated a lot of things that have happened so far. How hard are the bumps? You get used to it. Can you learn certain moves in a few hours? Again, practice and you get used to it. Is cardio really that big a deal? I makes you fitter goddamn it! But this is only part of the story. Before the fifth session, another classmate truly summed up wrestling school for me: Continue reading

Projo Wrestling Week 4: Feel the mat burns!

29-01-14_12-13progress-trainingHalfway through the course and this has probably been the most painful week ever. The fact we are halfway now means we have to start looking to that assessment in the last week, which will be a sad moment in its own right. I reflected a little bit on what I had learnt and overcome so far (thinking more mental toughness) and how much there is still to learn in the next month (all that technique). Continue reading

Projo Wrestling Week 3: A Breakthrough!

29-01-14_12-13progress-trainingNormally, I would start out by reviewing what happened this week at Projo, but I thought it would be wise to change things up. I decided we needed to get the perspective of another classmate and a good friend of mine, David, who was kind enough to give his views of the course below so far. Continue reading

Projo Wrestling Week 2: Those bumps are killer.

29-01-14_12-13progress-trainingThe second week of wrestling school beckoned and the intensity got turned up quickly. I was just fortunate to have a fully recovered neck after last week’s mauling, but I wondered how long that would last this week. Turns out not very long. Even though me and David turned up for the morning class to see what we would be doing that day, we still had the daunting task of getting through some tough exercises and drills. Continue reading

ProJo Wrestling Week 1: The Journey Starts Here

29-01-14_12-13progress-trainingAs wrestling fans, how many of us have ever watched a match (either excellent or sloppy) and thought to themselves: “I could do that?” And then proceeded to get some glorious Ben & Jerry’s from the fridge and scoff happily while watching Mick Foley complete another insane stunt move (I did). Continue reading