First Session at LPS Athletic Centre

We just had our first session at the LPS Athletic Centre. Unlike many other facilities we’ve been to in the past, LPS’s coaching and training started off with education first. They outlined the reasons why for each exercise, and explained to us that this is a plan, not just a program.

We were instructed to work on a lot of fundamental elements first to get assessed on the individual abilities. The LPS team stressed that it is far more important for us be strong and flexible for wrestling first as “Strength is the Mother of All Qualities” before we start taking those elements to build speed, explosiveness, and power.

We ended the session with some sled pulls to work on our vastus medialis oblique (VMO) to strengthen the knee area as an injury-prevention mechanism to prepare them for future sessions.

We’re looking forward to our next session in a weeks time and tracking our progress in this exciting journey for our BTST athletes.

Wrestle the North Girl's Edition

This years Wrestle the North Event was a Girls only edition and it was held at Nathan Phillips Square once again. This event was special because we were able to share it with the Girls from Beat the Streets New York City! Thank you for travelling all the way to Toronto BTSNY Girls and Coach Josh!

The event showcased our sport to hundreds of people in the audience and made it on the 6pm CBC news. Our sport rarely gets that kind of coverage and is a great way for us to promote our sport. Our girls loved the awesome WTN Wrestling Singlets they received for participating in the event! Look out for them at your local tournaments as I’m sure the Girls will be sporting them often! We’re already planning for next year’s event so make sure you look out for it…

Avison Young Golf For a Cure Tournament

Recently Beat the Streets Toronto was awarded the Avison Young Golf for a Cure grant. The Golf Tournament and presentation was held at the beautiful Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville On. We would like to thank Avison and Young for their Generous Donation. These funds will go towards various Beat the Streets Programs to help children and young people pursue their education while learning strong values from the sport of wrestling.

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Partnership with LPS Athletic Centre

Beat the Streets Toronto is very happy and lucky to announce our new partnership with LPS Athletic Centre. LPS is an elite strength & conditioning training facility with exceptional coaches and trainers who build athletes to dominate in sports. Check them out by clicking here. The goal is to offer BTST wrestlers with an opportunity to train with one of the best the country has to offer and learn the fundamental skills to push themselves to the next level. Stay posted on our social media for updates on how our athletes are developing!

About LPS and How BTST Wrestlers will Benefit

LPS is located right in the heart of North York, they developed the Athlete Activation System with 30+ years of research & practical experience that helps athletes & executives maximize and taps into athletic potential by activating higher threshold motor units.

These methodologies in their internationally recognized system are used for the world’s best athletes. So even if you may not be the most talented, or not genetically gifted… as long as you put in the work, then this would help you outperform your competitors.

LPS works with competitive to professional athletes from wrestlers to all other sports such as hockey, baseball, football, basketball, tennis, and soccer. BTST wrestlers will be taught the methodologies and concepts to make a truly exceptional wrestler and learn what strength, power, and explosiveness it takes to compete on the international stage.

The video below shows the culture of the gym:

How Combative Sports Build Body Positivity

Involvement in combative sports completely changes the relationship that you have with your body.

Through training, the growing knowledge of what your body can accomplish transforms how you view your body into something positive. You become very in touch with your body, what it needs to perform at its best, what it can do, and what it will be able to do in the future as you get stronger. You fall in love with challenging yourself physically and strive to see those challenges not only met but surpassed.

There is such a healthy environment surrounding combative sports which just radiates with body positivity. Strong role models who love their bodies, who have worked hard and appreciate the strength, agility, flexibility, endurance, etc. that their body has developed. The opportunity to see yourself develop physically gives you something to be proud of, as your body is able to do more and more things that once seemed impossible for you.

As an athlete who has worked so hard to get to the point of health at which you are at then pushes you to healthier life choices. You have worked so hard to get to where you are and you want take care of yourself and your body.

Combative sports cultivate healthy relationships between people and their bodies.






Mirza Bashir Akbar Scholarship

BTST Scholarship Program

This years BTST scholarship was awarded to Dip Lad. Dip started with BTST all the way from its inception back in 2014, where he showed a passion for wrestling.

Through that grit and determination, he was able to bring his marks up and pursue post secondary education as he is taking Sports Management at Humber College and will end up with an Associates Degree. Dip comes from challenging community of Rexdale where many social and economical barriers exist and BTST scholarship program has helped with giving kids an advantage.

We at BTST would also like to Nayu Akbar who donated the money for the scholarship. It is people like Mr.Akbar that help our athletes/students get ahead in life.


A few words from Dip Lad:

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I am honoured to have received the Mirza Bashir Akbar Scholarship of $2000.

I would also really love to thank Nayu Akbar for donating the scholarship for me as well as I would also love to thank John Park as well as my coaches for awarding me this scholarship.

It means a lot to me that my coaches picked me for the scholarship with other athletes that they could have picked from the Beat the Streets Toronto Program which has a lot of very talented student/athletes.

It’s gonna really help me pay for tuition and textbooks I’ll need this upcoming semester.

Thank you Nayu Akbar once again. 


Dip Lad

Belaglazov Brother's Wrestling Camp 2018

This year we at Beat the Streets Toronto were lucky enough to have a summer camp hosted by both Anatoly and Sergei Beloglazov! I can’t say enough great things about the Beloglazovs, if you haven’t been to a Beloglazov Wrestling Camp then you’re missing out! They are very professional and as they were as wrestlers, they are perfectionists as clinicians. 

At our camp they worked tirelessly with kids of all levels, giving their attention to 6 year olds as well as 18 year olds. They were very patient and moderated the camp to the skill level of the campers. 

Thank you so much for a great experience Gentlemen! 

Beat the Streets Toronto Summer Mentorship Recap!

This summer the Mentorship program expanded its outreach by not just following academic achievement, but by also mentoring our student/athletes into the workforce. During this past summer, Brea Rodgers, Arely Torales, Ana Mendez all worked with BTST. The job/internship included clerical work, research and community outreach.  We here at BTST strongly believe that getting real work experience is beneficial to overall growth of an student/athlete. Giving high school and first year university students life skills will open doors that were not previously accessible. Additionally, by employing BTST student/athletes we were able to expand our outreach to various communities throughout Toronto. This was achieved by using promotional tools like having our students write articles on an online platform and use guerrilla tactics like handing out flyers and promoting at festivals and events.

Conversely, through our partnerships with employment agencies like LEF, Learning Enrichment Foundation and VPI Work Solutions we were also able to help other members of the BTST family to find meaningful employment like, LEF daycare services, Milestones, Party City and the KEG.  Again, by working on the three pillars of wrestling, academics, and life experience students will be prepared for the challenges that lie ahead. Overall it was a great experience for the kids. Here are some testimonials.

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Arely Torales:

I enjoyed working and learning with BTST. I was able to get out of my comfort zone and learn something everyday. It also beat flipping burgers.

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Brea Rodgers:

I feel that my resume will be so much better now that I am able to add BTST as an employer.

Hosting the Girls From New York City: A Letter from Coach Lee (BTSNY)

 Coach Lee from BTS New York

Coach Lee from BTS New York

I cannot say enough positive things about our experience with BTS Toronto, and especially director Neal Ewers, who hosted our kids from New York City for a week of competition and training. From the first communication to our last goodbyes at a family style BBQ, Neal made sure we were taken care of like family. BTS Toronto provided us with a place for the kids to stay (Thanks coach Mar!) as well as amazing training & facilities. The results? Simply incredible. Our kids from south of the border were pushed beyond their comfort zone while being supported in a way that made them push each other even when things got difficult. Once we got back to NY, I asked the kids on their thoughts:

"Our trip to Canada came with many lessons; it taught us that nothing in life is easy and you have to work hard & do things you've never done to get things you've never had. Coach Neal, coach Mar, and the Beloglazov brothers taught us than not only should we strive to become better wresters, but also better people. We should fight hard on the mat in the same way you fight for things in life because if you're afraid to fail, you'll never succeed."

 The girls taking time to pose!

The girls taking time to pose!

The quote above comes from a wrester who was at first lukewarm to even the idea of wrestling. Then she decided she'd try out because her friends were doing it, but often letting me know she wasn't coming back next season. Now she always wants to know when/where the next practice is, and most importantly, when we're going back to Canada. Y'all funny talking folks are sure doing something right up in Toronto. Special shout-out to coach Bernard and trainer Mario for their support. We can't wait to come back!

Coach Lee





OMERS Foundation awards BTST $25,000 grant

This summer Beat the Streets Toronto was awarded a $25000 Grant from the OMERS Foundation. Where OMERS employees fundraise and choose a cause to support as a group. It was presented to us at our Wrestle the North Festival.

We are truly honoured to receive this Grant and we will put it towards helping students in undeserved communities and building up vibrant commutes across the GTA. We would like to say a very big thank you to the OMERS Foundation for your generosity. 

To learn more about the OMERS Foundation, please visit their site:

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Sports: Developing your Kids into Good Human Beings

As a parent, I’m sure you want your kid to grow up to become a good person, who is successful and happy. Research shows that kids who are a part of sports do better in school than kids who are not. Involvement in sports also increases the likelihood of secondary and post-secondary graduation.

The valuable skills learnt by kids in the participation of sports are transferable into the business world as well as the academic realm. To be a part of a sport is to be a part of a team and you learn how to work with others to achieve your goals through hard work and grit. The ability to do such things will assist your child tremendously in their career.  

 BTST students are still full of smiles and energy after a challenging 2 hour workout on the beach!

BTST students are still full of smiles and energy after a challenging 2 hour workout on the beach!

Especially when they are older this healthy lifestyle will benefit their stress levels as well as improve their overall mood with their body’s release of dopamine through exercise. Kids involved in sports are happier and healthier, they are also more likely to continue to live active lifestyles later in life.

RESOURCES & FURTHER READING

http://www.usmc-mccs.org/articles/5-reasons-why-your-child-should-be-playing-sports/

https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/smart-moves/201408/do-sports-and-other-physical-activities-build-self-esteem

https://adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/related-illnesses/other-related-conditions/stress/physical-activity-reduces-st





Beat the Streets Toronto Recommends : Kids Sport Assistance Program

At Beat the Streets Toronto we understand that participating in Sports these days can be a huge financial ask for families. If you are finding it difficult to support your child’s sporting interests we suggest you look into applying for grants and assistance through Kids Sports Ontario. They will assist with up to $250 per child. If you have any questions feel free to contact us directly.

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A Step in the Right Direction: BTST Supports Girls Wrestling

New Jersey Adds Girls Wrestling to High School Sports

Women’s Wrestling is definitely on the rise across North America and Beat the Streets Toronto definitely supports the growth of Women’s Wrestling! This is a huge step in the right direction for our friends to the south. Canada Wrestling has long supported the sport and we are proud of the fact that we have girls high school wrestling in all of our provinces!

Way to go Jersey, we look forward to the great many competitions you’ll be hosting in the future as a result of this development!

Neal Ewers,
Beat the Streets Toronto

Sports: Ensuring your Daughter’s Success

Just like any parent, you want your children to be successful later on in life. Having your daughter get involved with sports raises her chances of becoming a successful career woman.

EY research reveals that 94% of senior business women holding C-level positions, was actively involved with sports at some point in their life, and over 50% was involved at a university level. This demonstrates the undeniable connection between success in sports and success in business.

To have a successful career, self esteem is incredibly important. Believing in yourself and knowing your value, not only as an individual but also as a part of a company. Sports give girls numerous opportunities to develop high self esteem; when they win a match/game, when they set a goal and achieve it, etc. Girl’s who believe that they can, do.

Your daughter will be healthier and happier. Girls who are involved in sports are less likely to develop osteoporosis and breast cancer later on in life. Your daughter will not only be in better shape but her involvement in sports will reduce stress and help her to feel happier overall. She will create friendships with her teammates and that is a very special bond, also knowing you have a team behind you takes the pressure off and allows you to just have fun.

 BTST female students taking center stage at the Wrestle the North “Girl’s Edition” wrestling event at Nathan Phillips Square July 2018.

BTST female students taking center stage at the Wrestle the North “Girl’s Edition” wrestling event at Nathan Phillips Square July 2018.

BTST Wrestle the North "Girl's Edition" on CBC News!

To say we are proud of Simi Jayeoba and our female wrestlers is an understatement.  Thanks to the work of this incredible young lady, CBC news came down to cover the Wrestle the North event yesterday and speak to some of our female wrestlers and Coach Neal Ewers. 

If you have a few minutes to spare, check out the report (from 17:45 to 20:00).  

Great work everyone!

http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1273376323539

CBC News covers Wrestle the North 2018 "Girl's Edition"

Today, BTST was fortunate enough to hold it's 2nd annual Wrestle the North Event, featuring our superstar girl wrestlers!  The event was a great success and attracted a lot of attention, from not only BTST family and friends but CBC News as well.  Our event was on the 6:00pm news and is also featured in a well written article. 

https://www.cbc.ca/news/wrestling-program-kids-1.4739888

Thank you CBC news for taking the time and giving our event and girl's a big boost!  Read the article and share the word!  And thank you to everyone who came out, participated, helped or supported our girl's and Beat the Streets Toronto.

Watch this space for photos and videos, coming soon!

 

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BTST holds First Middle School Tournament

BTST holds First Middle School Tournament

March 28th marked a large step forward for youth wrestling in Toronto. For the first time in a very long time a TDSB school hosted a middle school wrestling tournament featuring wrestlers from 3 different tdsb schools including Brookview, Dixon Grove, and HollyCrest as well as a couple out of city wrestlers.

The tournament was held at HollyCrest Middle school a new program here in Toronto started through BTS. We will follow this tournament up with Dixon Grove Public Schools 1st annual tournament next Wednesday and we expect an even bigger showing with the addition of Elmbank JMS and Queen Alexandria JMS being added to the Beat the Streets Toronto roster of after school programs! 

This project is made possible by the generous support of Grants Ontario.  

 
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Why My Kids Will Wrestle by Cael Sanderson

Great article from Cael Sanderson on the Associated Wrestling Press Website

Click here to see original article.


Why my kids will wrestle..

1. Foundation sport. Wrestling is the perfect foundation for all other sports. Wrestling is balance, agility, hand –eye coordination, flexibility, positioning, strength, speed, explosiveness, footwork, hustle, mental focus, mental toughness, core strength, concentration, competition, and endurance. Wrestling will make our youth better at all other sports.

2. Fun. Wrestling is a game. It is the most basic and instinctual game. Toddlers wrestle. The sport of wrestling is the ultimate competition where two individual take their individual strengths and match them up against each other. Wrestling is a battle of wits, technique, speed, agility, flexibility, and toughness. No two wrestlers are alike. Fun stuff!!

3. Exercise. Wrestling is one the world’s most premier physical fitness sports. Wrestling develops strength and endurance. Poor health is a major issue in our society today and wrestling will help develop a love of exercise and physical fitness in our youth.

4. Self-confidence. Very little is accomplished without self-confidence. Wrestling teaches self-confidence like nothing else I know outside of religion and knowing that you are a child of God. Insecure people have the most difficult time learning from others and make progress even more difficult than it already is. Wrestling teaches hard work, self-improvement, sense of accomplishment, camaraderie of team, 1 on 1 aspect, and self-defense to name a few. These promote self-worth, respect and confidence.

5. Self-defense. Although wrestling is not commonly considered a “martial art,” it is the #1 base discipline in the world of MMA. Wrestlers know how to defend themselves and neutralize threats quickly. Wrestling is controlling an opponent. If you want your kids to know how to defend themselves, put them in wrestling.

6. Humility. Nothing teaches humility better than a 1-on-1 sport. Winning and losing in a 1-on-1 setting brings humility. There is nowhere to hide and no one to blame but yourself. All wrestlers will lose at some point and doing so in these conditions teaches humility. Hard work and discipline are two keys to success in wrestling and both teach humility.

“…I learned a lot about taking responsibility for my actions when I wrestled for 4 years…All professional athletes ought to spend a year wrestling. It teaches you something, You get pinned; you can’t blame the coach. You can’t blame your teammates. The guy you are looking for is staring back at you in the mirror” –former Phillies pitcher Mitch Williams

7. Respect. The challenges of being a wrestler teach you to respect yourself. After you learn to respect yourself you will learn to respect others. You learn to respect your team mates as well as your opponents. You learn to listen to and respect your coach. After you learn to respect others you are able to learn from them, a life lesson.

8. Self-discipline. Wrestling is discipline. Repetition of drills, hard work, weight management, and continually doing the best thing instead of the easiest thing is discipline. Wrestling requires postponing instant “wants” to gain something more valuable long term. It takes discipline and focus to reach goals.

9. Roadmap to success. Wrestling is the perfect example of what it takes to be successful in life. Goal setting, hard work, determination, focus, love of challenges, love of competition, confidence, being coachable, mental toughness, discipline, creativity, team work and accountability.

10. Toughness. Wrestling is a physical, contact sport. You learn that sometimes you just get poked in the eye. Physical and mental toughness go hand in hand. You learn that a little pain or struggle is part of the process of doing great things.