Mitchell Jack­son and Sam Wal­ters make a bold move into wrestling... and want oth­ers to join them on the mat

The Jewish Chronicle - - PEOPLE -

OVER-PRO­TEC­TIVE JEWISH moth­ers may want to overt their eyes. For 19-year-olds Mitchell Jack­son and Sam Wal­ters are about to open a wrestling school for teenagers. Both Mr Jack­son and Mr Wal­ters are pro­fes­sion­ally trained in Bri­tish-style wrestling. But their planned academy will train in the Amer­i­can tech­nique.

“We want to help peo­ple broaden their wrestling hori­zons and get into the World Wrestling En­ter­tain­ment [WWE] in Amer­ica,” Mr Jack­son, aka Ac­tion Jack­son (pic­tured on the right), tells Peo­ple. Wrestling since the age of 15, he ac­knowl­edges that his par­ents were a bit ap­pre­hen­sive when he first started train­ing. So, the sport is not faked, then? “Ev­ery­one thinks it is, but it’s not,” he says. “It is not all done with mir­rors and smoke. It’s as real as it gets.” Mr Wal­ters adds: “You learn the proper way to fall, and all the health-and-safety as­pects, be­fore you get into the ring.

“There is a great fit­ness side to wrestling and it is a very en­ter­tain­ing sport, es­pe­cially when you get a crowd.”

The Ris­ing Star Wrestling Academy, based in Loughton, is set to open next month. Both ex-King Solomon High School pupils, Mr Jack­son works as an es­tate agent, and Mr Wal­ters is at Coven­try Univer­sity.

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