Wrestling

Getting Past Injury

Every athlete dreads the thought of getting injured.

Many injuries are often preventable and things like warming up and strength training are important ways to reduce the risk of injury even further. But unfortunately, injuries still sometimes rear their ugly head.

January 4 2017

January 4 2017

The first major injury that I overcame certainly came with many challenges but ultimately taught me a great deal about overcoming adversity in sport. On January 3rd 2017, I broke my ankle while training. The next day I received a plate and screws to aid in my journey to recovery. For 3 months I was using crutches and it was about 6 months before I could set foot on wrestling mat.

That time was not all smooth sailing. I struggled with loneliness due to no longer spending time with teammates. More than that, my biggest fear was that I would not be able to return to wrestling.

But ultimately, I can say that my injury experience was a beneficial one that gave me  knowledge just like all of the many ups and downs on the journey of life. Here are some of those lessons.

TAKE YOUR TIME GETTING BACK

The urge to fire a double again may be strong but the best thing that you can do for yourself is to take your time. I’m not blameless in trying to rush my recovery and admit to doing a few push-ups in a cast. In time though, I realized I needed to slow down and give my body time. Our bodies are amazing and have unbelievable capacity to heal. With diligent rehab and patience they will do just that - heal. So be patient, you will be fine.

GOT TIME? USE IT

Wrestling needs discipline . Between after school practice and morning workouts, wrestlers can get a little busy. And while the busyness of something you love isn’t an issue, it is a cool thing to be given time to try new things. Challenge yourself to make the extra time you have meaningful to you. Whether that means straight As, conquering a monster list of must see movies, or making new friends, make it a priority.

FIND YOUR SILVER LININGS

There is yin in every yang and there is a rainbow in your cloud. It is okay to not feel great about you injury but push yourself to recognize what the experience has given you. For me, it was more time with my family and time to reevaluate the pressure I often put on myself. So keep your chin up, you won’t find a rainbow if you’re looking down

LET GO OF YOUR FEARS

Lastly, but most importantly, LET GO OF YOUR FEARS. Your thoughts make or break you. The good new is that your thoughts do not control you, you control them. So let go of your anxieties about not being able to return or not being as good. Think instead about what you can love about your current moment and how strong and able you will soon be again.  Once you do return to the mat, let go of the fear of getting hurt again. When I began wrestling the summer and fall after my injury, I was constrained by the fear of getting hurt. This fear and the guarded wrestling it produced worsened my performance and ironically put me more at risk of injury. Fear like that will never help you. As hard as it may be, forget what happened and move forward.

Take a deep breath. You will be more than okay.

Wrestling helps kids in Cambridge Bay grapple with big issues

Beat the Streets Toronto are so impressed by the powerful work of Chris Cook in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. Chris is using the sport of wrestling to engage and encourage a group of inspirational students to realize their full potential. It's uplifting to hear and see others using the sport of wrestling as a catalyst for positive change.

You can read the full article here:

Wrestling helps kids in Cambridge Bay grapple with big issues

How to motivate your child

One thing you will struggle with as a parent inevitably is motivating your child in life. Involvement in combative sports like wrestling, kickboxing, Brazilian Jui Jitsu, etc. will not only motivate them within the sport on the mat but also in life off the mat.

One of the many benefits of mat sports are that the sport takes place individually and athletes are responsible for themselves and their actions. However there is also an overlaying sense of team within the sport, in which being a part of that team you also have a responsibility to them. You win and lose as a team despite the individual athletic performance, this helps develop healthy relationships full of support and encouragement as your child will experience every aspect of sport. Your child will be a part of something bigger than themselves and this will develop a sense of drive in them.

Your child will become a very driven human being and will learn how to cooperate and collaborate with others to achieve goals. To be successful and grow in combative sports you have to work with others, your coach, trainer, training partner, etc. This ability to function in a team will help them in sports, yes, but also in school, work, and life in general, helping them to become the future leaders of tomorrow.

RESOURCES & FURTHER READING

https://www.livestrong.com/article/105222-benefits-teamwork-sports/



BTST Beach Day July 2018

This year our annual beach day practice was hosted by Coach Mar of Discipline Wrestling Club in Hamilton. She definitely made it fun and challenging for our wrestlers! You can see the evidence in the pictures, it is quite obvious that the campers enjoyed themselves. The event was held at Woodbine Beach in Toronto where the wrestlers cooled off with a dip in Lake Ontario after the session. Our friends from New York City really enjoyed themselves as well!

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.






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! 

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





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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