School of hard knocks
From chokeslams to drop kicks, budding entertainers can now learn all the tricks of the trade at the Australasian Wrestling Federation headquarters in Minchinbury.
A NEW school is laying the smackdown on the myth wrestling is dangerous.
Greg Bownds, from the Australasian Wrestling Federation, has moved the headquarters to Minchinbury.
The larger space has allowed Mr Bownds to run classes to train up the next generation of pro-wrestlers.
As well as offering training for people aged 12 to adults, the new base will host live events, camps and seminars.
“Wrestling is as dangerous as anything ... there is a code of ethics to follow,” Mr Bownds said.
He said while entertainment is the drawcard, wrestling requires showmanship, athleticism and skills.
“It's not something easy to learn or that anyone can do,” Mr Bownds said.
Wrestling Australia high performance manager Alan Landy oversees competitionstyle wrestling, where competitors have their eyes on the Olympics.
But he agrees “wrestling is no more dangerous than Aussie rules, rugby, netball, gymnastics or basketball”.
“Wrestling is incredibly great for fitness – wrestlers have the flexibility of a gymnast, the cardio fitness of a middle-distance runner and the force to weight ratio of a weightlifter,” Mr Landy said.
AWF trainees at the new facility.