...and I'm not a religious guy at all. But I just walked out of the High School gym after watching a wrestling meet for the first time ever and now I'm born again. Whatever the hell that means. I've been taking judo for a while, and have tinkered in everything else (mostly TMA crap) for at least 20 years. I'm an aquaintance of the H.S. wrestling coach, and this year started volunteering my time to help out with the team (at this point I'm just observing). I could go on about the work ethic of wrestlers (they train at least 3 hours a session 6 days a week, and that's not including weight room and extra cardio stuff). Their "rest day" workout the night before the competition was as grueling as a real tough night at my judo club. Not to be too much of a nuthugger here, but it is impressive. And the meet tonight was so cool. There was a single huge light hanging over the center of the mat. All the other lights were out. So everything was black except the big circle of the wrestling mat. The crowd was small, but very vocal and enthusiastic. After watching and competing in a bunch of judo tournaments, where there's usually 2 to 3 mats going at the same time, it was refreshing to have all the action focused on one match at a time. The action was non-stop. LISTEN. I'm telling you guys who are in H.S. and involved in Judo or BJJ or whatever: go join the wrestling team NOW! It's free, you'll have excellent coaching, lot's of mat time, and your shoots and positioning will be outstanding. Even though the season has already started, wake up tomorrow and walk into your H.S. wrestling coaches office and tell him you want to join wrestling. You will never, ever, ever regret it. You other guys who are into BJJ or Judo but are older, and never did wrestling, go to your local H.S. wrestling coach and ask him how you can become involved. He'll probably be very glad to have the help. Really. The coach I'm dealing with now wanted me to get on the mat the very first day to give his guys someone new to roll with. If nothing else, go support your local H.S. or College wrestling team. If you're into grappling at all, and have never been to a wrestling meet, you'll kick yourself for having waited so long to go watch one. They're a lot of fun, and pretty damned inspiring. God bless H.S. Wrestling.