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Old 21.03.2008, 14:00
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My 14 year son has developed a strange (I.E. not normal 2008 kids) obscesion over the last 9 months. Instead of playing games, smoking and SMS ing he watches endless wrestling.
I can understand a bit of the compulsion and addiction, but most of what I see him watching seems totally contrived. (mainly american stuff)
I have said to him that if he is so interested, why does he not try and learn some of technical side of the sport - half nelsons etc.
I have tried googling places that may offer this sort of training in switzerland, but have either been giving the wrong key words or language and have not come up with anything so far.
Would be interested if anyone on EF has similar interests in this sport or knows of any kids clubs.
I may even would be interested myself. Seems a fun sport.
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Old 21.03.2008, 15:35
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Re: wrestling

You could always try to get him to learn how to Swiss wrestle (Schwingen). I did when I was 9-14 years old and I thought it was a lot of fun. In my opinion, the American "show" wrestling you find on T.V. is crap.

http://www.schwingklub-lenzburg.ch/
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Old 21.03.2008, 16:08
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Re: wrestling

If he isn't listening or responding, you should probably clothesline him, elbow drop him then pin him for a 3 count, gt up and say "CAN YOUUUU SMELL WHAT THE ROCK IS COOKING?".

This will cause him to realise if his parents like it, it isn't cool and he can get back to his healthier magazines and long showers
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You could always try to get him to learn how to Swiss wrestle (Schwingen). I did when I was 9-14 years old and I thought it was a lot of fun. In my opinion, the American "show" wrestling you find on T.V. is crap.

http://www.schwingklub-lenzburg.ch/

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You could always try to get him to learn how to Swiss wrestle (Schwingen). I did when I was 9-14 years old and I thought it was a lot of fun. In my opinion, the American "show" wrestling you find on T.V. is crap.
http://www.schwingklub-lenzburg.ch/
We went to the Schwingen tournament at the Schwägalp yesterday, I was suprised how much we all got in to it. Great photography material as well!





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Old 18.08.2008, 10:08
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American type is fake, dangerous and risky.
Why dont you sign him for greek wrestling? It is recognized by the IOC and is part of olympic games.
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Re: wrestling

I was really into martial arts at his age.

Maybe look into Kung Fu/Thai boxing etc or for more of a wrestling experience try Jiu-Jitsu/Judo or Aikido.

There aren't so many strikes in Jiu-Jitsu so it can seem a more attractive option (to both child and parent!). Also, they say in a real life confrontation that it is the most effective so you'll gain self defence too.

On a side note, there's a brilliant Louis Theroux documentary where he trains with US WWF wrestlers. Although correographed it shows how hard their training is and how fit they have to be.

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American type is fake, dangerous and risky.
Why dont you sign him for greek wrestling? It is recognized by the IOC and is part of olympic games.

I don't think anyone (even us Americans) consider the WWF, and its kind, a sport just entertainment....I grew up (or near) wrestling country in America (Iowa) but the real kind of wrestling and I think it is a great sport for a child to learn. Where one can learn in Zurich, I have no idea...

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American type is fake, dangerous and risky.
Why dont you sign him for greek wrestling? It is recognized by the IOC and is part of olympic games.
I don't like the American wrestling, way too weird for my taste,
but they do have some wild MMA fighters both male and female which are really quite something else !!!!
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On a side note, there's a brilliant Louis Theroux documentary where he trains with US WWF wrestlers. Although correographed it shows how hard their training is and how fit they have to be.
I saw this and it was awesome! He went into it thinking it was all a bit fake (correct) and a doddle (incorrect). The stuff some of the minor wrestlers do is just mad - attacking each other with chairs covered in barbed wire etc!
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Re: wrestling

This is something that I haven´t known about Swiss tradition. I studied this for preparing material to teach: Schwingen. So, I was wondered about this part of Switzerland that unfortunately I come to know just nowadays.

Congratulations Switzerland to maintain this tradition born in many centuries ago!
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