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Hello my name is Sayeed Shad and I am 17 years old and my native home is Iran. I have only been in Canada 2 years in total and I have learned a lot about North American culture since I have been here. Everything is different, food, religion, and lifestyle. This is ok for me because I want to adapt to this way of life.
The one thing I do bring from Iran to Canada is my love for wrestling. In Iran, wrestling is the number 1 sport. The best wrestlers get a lot of attention and are celebrated like heroes. I always wanted to join wrestling back home but I had a lot of responsibilities with taking care of my sister and mother. When I got to Canada I was able to be freer and have more time to pursue my interests.
I tried wrestling at other facilities but I didn’t feel right until I found Beat the Streets Toronto. When I met coach Sanchez and the other coaches I felt very welcome. Coach Kris is a master of what he does and I really enjoy his knowledge of ground wrestling. My goals with the sports is to one day make the Olympic Team here for freestyle wrestling. I want to make to the big stage and Beat the Streets Toronto is helping me along the way with making me believe that I can do it. I just want to thank coach Neal Ewers for his great work with Beat the Streets and hope it continues to be such a great organization.
Wrestling is part of my life, I love wrestling and I love to wrestle with my friends. Wrestling is ingrained into my lifestyle, I can say wrestling has given me a lot and I am grateful. Being a refugee from Turkey it has been hard to adjust to the Canadian Lifestyle. This is especially hard because I am on my own in Canada and my family is all back in Turkey. Wrestling and my mentor Mr. Sanchez have really helped me feel like I am part of a family which is important to me. It makes me feel like home when I am with my fellow Beat the Streets wrestlers.
Beat the Street Toronto is great. They teach you technique that is at a very high level. Sometimes it is hard to keep up but it is part of the fun to learn new things from some very great coaches. It is also a place where I have made a lot of new friends not from my community. I have friends here from all over the world at Beat the Streets Toronto.
One thing that stood out to me was the Wrestle the North event ran at Nathan Phillips Square. It was an amazing event to see downtown and have people walk by and enjoy wrestling. It was like the events in Turkey when they run them outside. The Wrestle the North event made me want to train hard and participate next year.
Thank you so much Beat the Streets Toronto,
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.