Reality television rarely depicts reality. It puts information into neat packages of entertainment that misleads and misinforms in the pursuit of ratings.
Movie wrestling, such as WWF, WCW and NWO, does the same. Wrestling is in fact not restricted to mammoth men with unusually pronounced neck veins and anger management issues.
That’s the biggest misconception about wrestling. There are eight different weight divisions catering for smaller to larger-framed individuals, Harbour City Wrestling Club president Barry Webb said. You always compete in your weight division.
This, however, does not eliminate the risk factor involved with full contact sports. Major injuries are rare but soft-tissue injuries are not.
You need to overcome all hesitation when wrestling. Most do within the first session or two, otherwise you can’t even train, Webb added.
Harbour City Wrestling Club combines recreational and competitive wrestling.
Having competed in all but two Gay Games, winning medals in gay and straight arenas and working with the former national champion, the gay wrestling club is clearly not a novelty but a thriving and competitive national club.
In March of 2008 the club is holding a two-day beginner workshop in Olympic freestyle wrestling that teaches all the fundamentals of the sport.
After completing the course, it’s a matter of practice and dedication, Webb said. The basics can be learnt quickly -“ what follows is the real test.
Endurance levels will improve immediately and over time so will body shape and tone. With a balanced diet and regular training, overall health will improve.
The course runs for two days and costs $90. It is scheduled to be held at Boxing Works Gym on Castlereagh St, CBD. For additional info and booking, contact Barry Webb on 9662 6409.

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