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#1 Show Up: Easiest Thing to Do and the Hardest Thing to Do.
Greetings, fellow enthusiasts of the grappling arts; welcome to my Anchored Coaching Blog, a venerable space where we delve into the intricacies of existence, one takedown at a time. I assume the role of your unassuming guide, steering you through the Anchored Wrestling System and the tenets embedded in our program.
Let's begin our exploration by deconstructing Principle #1: "Show Up." Please do not be misled by its apparent simplicity; it transcends the mere act of physically grounding oneself on the mat. "Show Up" embodies a pledge to discipline, unwavering commitment, and an unending quest for personal betterment. It resembles the delicate balance of managing academic responsibilities alongside a full-fledged wrestling endeavor; "challenging" scarcely encapsulates its complexity.
In collegiate wrestling, embodying "Show Up" entails contending with challenges beyond the scope of opponents. It constitutes an ongoing struggle to harmonize academic pursuits, personal life, and an insatiable hunger for mastery in the art of the takedown. Picture it as a high-stakes juggling act—minus any performance-enhancing substances.
Hold on a moment; the concept of "Show Up" transcends the boundaries of the wrestling mat. It metamorphoses into a lifestyle choice, a dedication to leadership, sportsmanship, and dietary discretion because a well-nourished wrestler is content, or at least not prone to collapsing mid-match.
Now, let's delve into the specifics. Here are my recommended approaches to embodying "Show Up" at GVSU:
To conclude, embodying "Show Up" at GVSU transcends a one-dimensional concept. It represents a comprehensive commitment, a dedication to fully engaging in every facet of the student-athlete experience, fostering a constructive team culture, and confronting challenges with determination. Whether executing a flawless fireman's carry or grappling with the complexities of existence, remember Principle #1: "Show Up" and assert your dominance over life's challenges.
That's all for now. I hope to get this all out there eventually.
Coach Ryan Lancaster, a NCEP Bronze Level Coach and 2008 NCWA All-American, boasts an impressive career that includes being a member of the 2008 NCWA National Championship Team. His coaching achievements encompass leading two MHSAA District Championship Teams, mentoring numerous All-State and All-American wrestlers, and being a finalist for the MWA Coach of the Year award twice.
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