Rules of the Wrestling Room

Here is a video of Krause coaching! –> Rules of the Wrestling Room

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C. (2013, October 16). 4 Rules of the YOUTH WRESTLING ROOM!!! Retrieved July 15, 2017, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JjWbB_CRJA&index=5&list=PLqDMSpHdkh1L9sS5LJf8SQwVYEyBuOajo

After interviewing my dad for my previous blog post, I began thinking a lot about sports, particularly the sport of wrestling, and how much I have seen it act as a vehicle for improving children’s self-confidence. My dad has a friend named Mike Krause, who has been named by many in the wrestling community “the best youth wrestling coach in the nation.” He travels the country putting on coaching clinics for youth wrestling coaches and running camps for young wrestlers. Coach Krause has a son with a disability and has an incredible knack for teaching wrestlers how to treat other kids with differences. In this video, you will see that Coach Krause is a very high energy man who keeps the kids constantly engaged with a kind of “call and response” method. He goes over the four rules of the wrestling room which are: “Pay attention”; “give 100%;” “try not to cry;” and “don’t talk when the coach is talking.” As the video goes on, you can hear the responses from the young athletes get louder and louder as their faces remained locked on Coach Krause’s.

From this video and from seeing Krause coach in person, I have learned that it is so important for people to be held accountable for their actions and to realize the impact that it has. At the end of the video, Krause makes all of the kids yell, “I’m a leader!” at the top of their lungs right before they jump into a practice. I also learned that confidence can be increased once an individual starts to believe that they are unique in some way. Krause tells the kids that “wrestlers are a different breed” and that he truly believes that he, himself, has super powers because he is a wrestler. This video perfectly contributes to and wraps up my content inquiry in that it provides inspiration for me to continue looking into what defines the constructs that I have been researching and also to take it a step further and start coming up with ways to connect my research to my teaching.

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