Training Log: Wrestling With Coach Leister

Boulder High Wrestling Room

The Boulder High Wrestling Room

Every Wednesday at 10AM, it’s time for me to get my wrestle on with coaches Leister Bowling and Reid Delman.  We usually meet at Easton BJJ Boulder, but today we switched it up a bit and hit the wrestling room at Boulder High School, which I believe was kept at a nice and cool 1,200 degrees today.

Leister usually gets us going with an easy and laid-back warmup that consists of front handsprings, walking on your hands, and roundoffs, none of which I can do very gracefully.  After warming up, we usually drill technique for about a half hour, then wrestle live for the rest of practice.  If you’ve never met Leister before, he’s about as competitive as they come, and mean as hell.  If you wanted to cast a prototypical hard-ass wrestling coach for a movie role, Leister would be the man for the job.

The live portion at the end of practice is always particularly grueling.  Coach usually either has us wrestle 10x3min rounds live, or, if he’s feeling mean, he has us do a 15 minute “grind match” — 15 minutes straight of wrestling, in which the goal is to make your opponent/partner mentally break/quit.  Fun stuff.

My wrestling coaches

Me with my wrestling coaches, Leister Bowling (left) and Reid Delman (right)

As mean as they are, coaches Leister and Reid have been extraordinarily generous with their knowlege, and my wrestling has come a long way in the past year or so.  What was once the weakest part of my MMA game is becoming a strength now — don’t be surprised to see me double leg some fool through the mat in one of my upcoming fights.

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