Logan, Hunter and I ran the Miami Merrell Down & Dirty Mud Run last Sunday. What a blast! Logan and I ran the 5k and Hunter ran the 1 mile Adventure Kids race. I was so proud of my kids. We ran with some friends which made the experience even more fun. If this or a similar event comes to your town you should definitely check it out.
Last night we attended the freshman kick off at Logan's future high school. We stopped by to meet the wrestling coach to discuss her potential participation on the team. She is interested as long as it would not conflict with her current bjj training. Jiu jitsu is first in her life!
The coach was talking to a young man and encouraging him to try the team when we approached his table. Wow, the tone changed when we introduced him to Logan! A recap of the coversation is below. The italicized part represents what I was thinking but refrained from saying.
Okay, so I am an overly proud mom. I understand the need to give a reality check to future team members. I get it. I also know that the guys can be tough competitors. I've seen the teen boys compete in tournaments - they are aggressive. I do realize that she is not perfect in all that she does, that wrestling is different, and that wrestling would require hard work and shifts in her training. All I ask is that you give a girl a chance before you discourage, discourage, discourage seemingly based on gender.
Do you have any insight into girls' participation in high school wrestling or combining bjj and wrestling training? I would love to hear from you and learn from your experiences.