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.

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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.

Pic­ture: DAMIEN SHAW

Pic­ture: DAMIEN SHAW

AWF trainees at the new fa­cil­ity.

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