BTST Student Report

Thoughts from Sayeed Shad, BTST student

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.

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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.

 

Sayeed Shah

Thoughts from Afik Ocak, BTST Student

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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, 


Akif Ocak
BTST Student

How does discipline relate to sports

No matter where you go or what you do for a living you will always come across discipline. Now you might be wondering how does discipline relate to sports? Kids don't know when to play and when it's time to get work done and that's okay because kids are supposed to have fun. Sports is the best way to help teach your children some simple discipline skills like getting to practice on time, or not talking while someone else is talking.

Discipline is no fun but that's the point when someone is being disobedient the best way to correct their behaviors is with discipline. You will find the most discipline in sports because sports are all about doing it right. In any sport your kid joins if they’re not doing the techniques right they will not succeed, they’ll get frustrated, and probably even throw a mini tantrum and so that's where discipline comes in. sometimes in order to be successful you have to risk it for the biscuit, you have to be able to make sacrifices and discipline yourself.

Discipline helps you stay active, organized, have more self-control and stay focused. Those skills don't only apply in your sport they can also come in handy at school, work, and even at home. Once someone knows how to be disciplined they gain respect from others because being strict with yourself is very difficult. If you want to reach your goals, being disciplined with yourself is the way to do it.

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Resources

“Why Is Discipline Important | 8 Advantages & Benefits.” Mind Controversy, 4 Mar. 2018, www.mindcontroversy.com/advantages-discipline-life/



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/



Why is Exercising Important for my Kid?

According to the American Heart Association, every child should be getting a minimum of 60 minutes of daily exercise. Research shows that when you exercise your risk of stroke can reduce by 27%. Wouldn't it be lovely to know that your child has a less chance of getting a stroke later in life? As a parent, you want the best for your children. Encouraging your children to do sports can reduce many diseases and increase their health.

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Exercising can prevent many different diseases. Cardiovascular disease is one of them. Cardiovascular disease is the result of the build-up of plaques in the blood vessels and heart. This can occur when you have too much fat building up inside of you. When you exercise, you sweat which burns body fat and releases toxins. Blocked blood vessels can lead to heart disease which in fact, one in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke.

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I have been engaged in sports since I was 7 years old. I am thankful of that because now as I'm older I feel strong and healthy. Sports can bring many benefits to your child like discipline, combating disease, improves their mood, in my case sports brought a wonderful joy in my childhood. Sports also help build bone density when you're younger and most importantly it helps in developing life skills like organization, discipline, self-confidence, and self-defense.Trust me on this, sports is an amazing way to keep your children active in a positive and productive way. Beat the Streets Toronto has a great program for your children, but I guess you won't truly understand until you try it so without further ado come and join BTST’s sports camp and after-school program.

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Resources

7 great reasons why exercise matters. (2016, October 13).
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https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/exercise/art-20048389

Heart Disease Prevention. (2018, July 13).
Retrieved from
https://medlineplus.gov/howtopreventheartdisease.html

How does cardiovascular disease affect the body? | Heart Disease. (n.d.).
Retrieved from
https://www.sharecare.com/health/heart-disease/cardiovascular-affect-body

How to Help Prevent Heart Disease - At Any Age. (n.d.).
Retrieved from
http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/How-to-Help-Prevent-Heart-Disease-- -At-Any-Age_UCM_442925_Article.jsp#.W1U41dJKjIU

The Top 10 Benefits of Regular Exercise. (n.d.).
Retrieved from
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-benefits-of-exercise#section3