Originally Posted by Warlock
i played football from 3rd grade until 7th, ran track from 7th and started cross country 8th and i am still running both of those (now in 11th grade). starting this year i am still trying to decide weither i wanna do swimming or wrestling (which i did my 5th grade year). i am the best long distance runner in my school, so yeah i would say i am athletic enough. lol
Do yourself a HUGE favor and go out for wrestling this year. School just started. Find out who the coach is and MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO SPEAK WITH HIM PERSONALLY. Tell him you want to start wrestling this season and are serious about it. Don't act like a tough guy with him - be humble. He knows you won't be his star, but if he is worth his salt as an educator, he will encourage you and put you on a preseason training program. If the coach is a good guy, he will really respect you and you will stand out for tracking him down and telling him you are interested. Hopefully he will make you his pet project. You are going to take your lumps in the room. It is going to hurt. You are going to feel uncomfortable and tired like you have never experienced tired. But stick it out for this year and your senior year. Even if you suck as a wrestler but stick it out every practice for 2 years, it will make you a better person. Like Dan Gable says, "After wrestling, everything else is easy." Ask KnowledgeKnown who posted earlier in this thread if getting that 6 figure job had anything to do with being a wrestler. My guess is yes. Over the years in any tough situation I find myself saying "Thank God I was a wrestler." My Dad, older brother, and uncles were wrestlers. When I was in junior high they kept saying "hey next year you can start wrestling!" I remember thinking, "I don't want to be a wrestler, it's too hard." I went out for the team because I had to. Thank God. I got beaten like a rented mule for years and hated it. One year, I just "got it" and started to see the benefits of training. I was never a champion wrestler, but I benefited from the training and discipline. Like I said, even if you suck, you will be a better person for having wrestled. Go out for wrestling this year and in the off season train in jui jitsu and start hitting a heavy bag. It is great cross training for wrestling and it will give you a background for when you really start serious MMA training later. Do it. Don't spend the rest of your life saying shoulda, coulda, woulda. All that, plus chicks dig wrestlers.
Christ, I have become Dr. Phil...!
As far as the threadstarter who is 22, hell no it is not too late to start. I have friends who started jui jitsu in their mid-late 30's to mid- 40's and love it and are absolutely addicted to it. Some of these cats are old enough to be your Dad. Most don't compete, but they have become very good and are in great shape and have everyone's respect.