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