Hey guys - So last night I was talking to a kid on my wrestling team, Jigar. Jigar came to the U.S. from India about 2 or 3 years ago, and I don't think he spoke a word of English before he came. He's also really small; he says he's 119 now but I remember him barely making it to 100 pounds. Now, one reason I hate high school is because kids in Jigar's situation get made fun of. Not always up front and clearly (though it does happen), but even just mocking him without him knowing about it. Jigar is a really nice kid, but skinny as a wire, not strong at all, and pretty unathletic. Wrestling is really not his sport. Still, he comes every day, and shows dedication. So last night I was thinking about getting him on the mats for some grappling. The more I thought about it, the more Jiu Jitsu with a gi sounded like the perfect sport for him. After all, I've gotten my ass handed to me by smaller people with no wrestling experience because they had more skill than me, and this was with no gi. I showed Jigar a copy of Grappling Magazine and showed him some pictures of JJ with a gi. I explained BJJ to him and MMA, and asked him if he'd be interested. He said yeah, he would, and he's coming to my MMA gym with me on Sunday. I want to get this kid lifting some weights, and doing some BJJ. Even if he decides to keep wrestling after he realizes BJJ is a better sport for him, the strength and grappling will boost his confidence for wrestling. High school wrestling can be a really shitty environment, and extremely unforgiving. The smaller, weaker kids get picked on, and the cocky assholes are the ones who get all the praise. I've always loved BJJ and MMA because people are more mature and you can make really good friends. I would love to see him get into Dragon Lair, NAGA, maybe some day Pan Ams. You can tell he wants to be an athlete. He gets picked on a lot, too. BJJ is so perfect for this kid. Anyone have any tips so I can help Jigar out with BJJ? What should I teach him first? Oh, P.S.: I hope BJJ guys here didn't take offense from this at all. I'm not saying wrestlers are athletic and BJJ guys aren't. I'm just saying wrestling relies more on strength and natural athleticism, but while these things help in BJJ, it's truly skill and dedication that makes you a great fighter.