strong points may be considered things or actions done proficiently
or easily. Some say they are innate talents you may be born with
or acquired rather quickly. These areas, perhaps, are the reason
you are wrestling. Maybe flexibility is your strength or speed
or certain moves or counters. If you are unsure what your strengths
are, ask one of your teammates or your coach. Strengths may also
be things you rely on but rarely work on. Examples could be: moves
you never work on in practice but accurately execute in matches;
being stronger than everyone you wrestle but never lifting weights
or strength training; being in better physical or mental shape
while not working as hard as others in this area.
Your weak points may be considered the opposite
of above. These are areas where you may feel no confidence about
at all. Weaknesses are things you may work on but still have trouble
learning, understanding, & applying. Perhaps you strength train
and still have trouble with strong guys. Maybe you do not strength
train at all and have trouble in the physical strength area with
everyone. Maybe you get tired in the second period of every match.
You may also only be able to execute one counter for singles,
doubles, & high crotch shots while getting taking down a lot.
Perhaps you are not strong on your feet or on bottom or on top.
Maybe you are really tense before tournaments and this mental
anxiety hampers your performance. These areas are not performed
or used in matches or practices effectively because you lack the
confidence, technique, or ability to master.
Becoming aware of your strengths and weaknesses
is imperative for character, growth, and ultimate fun. The idea
is to keep trying to master areas where you are weak. You may
do this by asking questions, practicing the area where you are
weak, and constantly trying to improve. Learning and applying
technique is a large part of growth and really does increase your
confidence and character. Sometimes, your coach may be an expert
in the area you are weak. Sometimes your teammates may be experts
in areas where you are weak. Sometimes you may need to watch videos,
read books, and go to camps to get better in areas where you are
weak. Ultimately, you may have to work a little bit to get strong
in the areas where you are weak. And, you must be able to notice
and become active by asking then doing. Other wise, you may not
grow in the a reas you are weak at.
Strong areas require less work and attention to
detail. For instance, if you have mastered a skill, it makes less
since to practice this skill in higher repetitions than a skill
you have not mastered. An example is practicing double legs only
and being able to hit double legs on some wrestlers…but practicing
no other takedowns and not being effective with any other takedowns.
In order to build character, grow, and ultimately have more fun,
you need to practice all your skills and focus on the areas where
you are not as strong. This may mean trying to find out exactly
how to do power cleans, learning how to do power cleans, then
applying this skill to get stronger if your weakness is strength.
Or, using the double leg example, practicing single legs as well
as double legs (you may also perfect several different ways and
or set ups to execute your doubles & singles).
It is important to ask questions and or become
aware of what you may need to work on and what you need less work
on i.e. strengths and weaknesses (then you must actually do something
to get stronger in the weak areas). Getting stronger in the areas
where you are weak will build character, increase growth, and
increase contenment thus you will become more fulfilled.
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