April 14, 2017
Today was a humbling experience for the group. They wrestled 4/5 matches this morning and another 3/4 this afternoon. For the first time our guys wrestled an international wrestler and got to feel what that was like. The frustration I got today was, the Ukrainians don't really move their feet. This is interesting, something I already knew and if you watch international wrestling, you would notice it also.
Europeans do not move their feet. The less energy they can expend in order to explode to an opening is the philosophy. What they are really good at is hand fighting, getting you to feel uncomfortable with their hands, feeling and exposing bad position. Why is it we focus so much on foot work? I'm not saying its not important. Kids need to learn the proper technique to be able to penetrate, but there must be something to this philosophy. It's seen all throughout the World and Olympic Championships and international competition. The best in the world move very little.
This is something they have to figure out. They did some good things, they did some bad things. We got controlled in the hand fight, we got countered a lot, we got scored on off of our mistakes. A mix of patience and explosion is needed to succeed at this level. Either way, was learning experience. It's been two tough days, the kids are sore and tired. Couple more days and we head back home to share our experiences and show what we have learned.