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We spend 8 hours a day, for 10 months a year, for nearly 17 years, sending our kids to school to prepare them for life.

In all of that time, there is never a course on sacrifice, on goal setting, on perseverance, on overcoming adversity, on being a great teammate.

I guess that is what the sport of WRESTLING Is for.

One of the greatest assets in my life, other than my family and friends has been the sport of wrestling.

It has made me into the person I am today.

A person who can handle whatever adversity life throws at me.

The disciplines of wrestling are impactful on a young athlete’s life.

At first, one wrestles to win championships.

Then, after many years, one realizes it wasn’t the pursuit of championships what wrestling was all about – the sport of wrestling is about preparing one for life.

I owe a great deal to this sport, that is why I write about it passionately.

I have written about the sport in my memoirs, “6 Minutes Wrestling with Life,” “Again,” and “Your Soul Knows,” and I continue to write about it in my blog

This book is a compilation of all my writing on this great sport.

The book is designed to be read like each chapter is a short story, separate from one another.  Chapters can be read in order or randomly, that is your preference.

Some stories are excerpts from my blog, while others are from my memoirs.

I felt it was necessary to compile all my writing of this great sport under one cover.

The chapters that are excerpts of my other books have been slightly edited to preserve the integrity of the story they come from.

I hope you enjoy reading Wrestling Writing, as much as I have enjoyed living it.


“An eye-opening look into the story of Knight before his multibillion dollar company.” —School Library Journal

“A great story about how an ambition turned into a business…serves as a guide for accomplishing great things.” —VOYA

In this young reader’s edition of the New York Times bestseller, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight “offers a rare and revealing look at the notoriously media-shy man behind the swoosh” (Booklist, starred review), opening up about how he went from being a track star at an Oregon high school to the founder of a brand and company that changed everything.

You must forget your limits.

It was only when Nike founder Phil Knight got cut from the baseball team as a high school freshman that his mother suggested he try out for track instead. Knight made the track team and found that not only could he run fast but also, more importantly, he liked it.

Ten years later, young and searching, Knight borrowed fifty dollars from his father and launched a company with one simple mission: import high quality running shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the trunk of his car to start, he and his gang of friends and runners built one of the most successful brands ever.

Phil Knight encountered risks and setbacks along the way, but always followed his own advice. Just keep going. Don’t stop. Whatever comes up, don’t stop. Filled with wisdom, humanity, humor, and heart, the young readers edition of the bestselling Shoe Dog is a story of determination that inspires all who read it.

The Young Readers Edition is an abridged version of the internationally bestselling adult book and it features original front matter and back matter, including a new introduction and “A Letter to the Young Reader” containing advice from Phil Knight for budding entrepreneurs.
Get ready to laugh, cry, smile and think. There is a club in this world you do not join knowingly.
One day you are just a member.
It is “The Life-Changing Events Club.”
The fee to join the club is hurt beyond belief, payable in full, up front, for a lifetime membership.
The benefit of the club is a newfound perspective on life, and a deep understanding that you may not be happy about your current situation, but you can be happy in your current situation.
The club does not provide a directory of its members, but when you look into a member’s eye, you can tell that they, too, are part of the club.
Members are allowed to exchange brief eye contact that says, “I didn’t know.” Being a member of this club is the last thing anyone intentionally wants in their life.
Being a member of this club is the best thing that ever happens to a person in their life, and there is not a person who would ever give up their membership. If you really look and know what you are looking for, you can spot the club’s members. They are the ones who perform a random act of kindness; people who do something for someone who can never repay them.
They are the people spreading joy and optimism and lifting people’s spirits even when their own heart has been broken.
I have paid my dues.
My lifetime membership arrived today.
Not by mail, but by a deep inner feeling I cannot describe.
It is the best club I never wanted to be part of.
But I am – for life.
Here is my story.
Twenty-six years ago, my mission in life was to win a New York State Wrestling Championship.
I committed myself to a lifestyle, I made the sacrifices, I put in the time, I starved myself, I even shaved my head.
I had the hunger, the desire, and the determination, but I came up short. 
For many years, after I graduated it seemed like I got nothing out of my six years of total dedication to the sport. That the trade-off of what I gave and what I got in return to this sport was way out of whack.
I hated wrestling for it.
To put every ounce of your soul into achieving something and to get nothing out of it in return was beyond my comprehension and I just could not justify it in my head.

Until I had adversity in my life.

And slowly but surely, I started realizing how much the sport of wrestling actually has given back to me.
Much more than I ever knew.

Every Breath is Gold is much more than a wrestling book.
It is an inspirational book on life, love, loss and belief.

You will never look at life the same way again.

Every Breath Is Gold Trilogy - includes:
* 6 Minutes Wrestling With Life (Book 1)
* Again (Book 2)
* Your Soul Knows (Book 3)
I never won a National Championship.

I have never been an All-American.

I never won a State Championship or even a Sectional Championship.

Heck, I don’t even have cauliflower ear.

Not even on one ear.

But 36 years after wrestling my last match I still consider myself a wrestler.

That is because wrestling to me is more than a sport, it is a lifestyle.

For the longest time, 26 years to be exact, I wanted nothing to do with the sport as I felt the sport took everything I had and gave me back nothing in return. I pledged I would never let my kids wrestle as I never wanted them to experience the pain that I did from this sport. But something brought me back. And my kids did wrestle. And 26 years after leaving the sport I would come to realize what this sport has given back to me in my life. When I needed it the most. It taught me how to fight against unbearable adversity. To have an unbreakable will. And to be delusionally optimistic, among many other things.

I’ve experienced this sport from every angle. I was a wrestler myself for six years. I’ve been a father of a wrestler for ten years. I’ve been a father of a wrestling coach for three years. I’ve been a coach all my life. And I will forever be a fan of this sport. Looking back over my time in this sport, it is clear to me that there are two types of former wrestlers.

Wrestlers who successfully bridged into life by applying the discipline and principles they learned on the mat, and those wrestlers who hadn’t. I noticed that it didn’t matter what a wrestler’s accolades were, each type of former wrestler existed at every level of success or non-success in the sport.

I am amazed at the disparity of the quality of life between the wrestlers who had applied the principals they lived on the mat and those who didn’t. The wrestlers who didn’t, never used their resources to propel them into life to be able to handle the adversities life would throw at them. They seemed to be beaten by the exact principles wrestling taught. How ironic, the very people who lived the principles on the mat didn’t apply them off the mat.

I have been blessed with the understanding that wrestling is much more than a sport, it is a lifestyle.

That has been invaluable to my life. It has made such a difference in the quality of my life.

So much so, that I feel compelled to share the principles that I’ve learned.

My hope is that these principles will ring true to wrestlers who need them the most.

Champions who need help in life.

My other hope is to bring homage to a sport that when all the accounting is complete has given to me more than I gave to it. And I gave it everything I had. And in return, it gave me everything that I am.

I am a wrestler.

I’ve lived 6 years on the mat. And a lifetime off the mat.

“Wrestling Rules For Life” are the principles that have been so valuable to me.

Grappling is a smash-mouth activity. It is a put your beer down and let’s settle this type of martial art. Man vs. man, woman vs. man, child vs. man, it is one of the ultimate ‘prove it’ combat sports. Yet, once you get past the rough and challenging aspect of submission wrestling it’s easy to see that grappling is much more than that. It is also a very cerebral activity.  


Psychology is the study of mental processes and behaviors. By studying our psyches we hope to learn how to successfully navigate our world and become more capable in our endeavors. As the goal of theory is explanatory and predictive power, using psychology theories can help us to understand some of the existential questions behind our art and can help us to create better models for training and success. In other instances, it is just plain fun to think about.

The application of psychology to submission wrestling is relatively new and in many cases non-existent, so this book is more of an exploration of what is possible. It covers a broad range of topics and doesn’t hesitate to introduce counterintuitive thought for the reader to ponder and digest.  

"Psychology of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu" will whet your appetite to see how psychology can be applied to grappling and not just in a generic sports psychology sense. 

Through the use of essay, "Psychology of BJJ" talks about what it’s like to be the new guy, problems with warm-ups, success by default, immersive environments, why you can’t always be nice in practice and even asks outright, “Are you happy?”

If that is not enough, it also discusses why you absolutely must not avoid better grapplers, tells you what type of grappler you are and why your team is just as important as your coach. Additionally, "Psychology of BJJ" delves into the unconscious mind and talks about easy ways to improve by taking simple steps you probably never thought about before. It also discusses quirky, but valid, psychological theory, based on new research that can make a difference in your grappling game.

“With the LEGENDS series, Howard Bryant brings to life the best that sports has to offer—the heroes, the bitter rivalries, the moments that every sports-loving kid should know.”—Mike Lupica, #1 bestselling author of Travel Team, Heat, and Fantasy League

Experience baseball's most exciting moments, World Series heroics, greatest players, and more!

Baseball, America's pastime, is a sport of moments that stand the test of time. It is equally a sport of a new generation of heroes, whose exploits inspire today's young fans. This combination makes for a winning debut in Legends: The Best Players, Games, and Teams in Baseball.

This is no traditional almanac of mundane statistics, but rather a storyteller's journey through baseball's storied game. Told in fun, accessible chapters and accompanied by iconic photos, a slew of Top Ten lists for kids to chew on and debate, and a Timeline of the 40 Most Important Moments in Baseball History, this collection covers some of the greatest players from Babe Ruth to Hank Aaron; the greatest teams to take the field and swing the bats; the greatest social triggers, such as Jackie Robinson's breaking of the color barrier; the greatest playoff rivalries, including the 2004 showdown between the Red Sox and Yankees that turned into an instant classic; and, of course, the edge-of-your-seat World Series moments that left some cheering while others wept. This is the perfect book for young fans eager to learn more about the sport that will stay with them for a lifetime.

Praise for LEGENDS:

An Amazon Best Book of the Month!

* "A terrific gathering of heroic hacks and legendary near misses."—Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

* "Each story is engaging and offers readers a glimpse into baseball’s past and American history. [A] terrific addition to engage reluctant readers."—School Library Connection, STARRED REVIEW

"[T]his is clearly a book for sports lovers. A strong choice for rounding out sports collections, this work knocks it out of the park."—School Library Journal

"Any fan of baseball will enjoy this compilation . . . Fans of all ages will find this a useful guide; teachers might find this an interesting mentor text for a student reporting on a particular topic since the approach is unique."—VOYA

"[T]his book will attract all manner of analysis and discussion among lovers of America’s favorite pastime. Fans of other sports will cheer: this is only the first in a series devoted to sports."—Booklist

If you are looking for the definitive resource to help you measure your students’ achievement, your search is over.

PE Metrics: Assessing Student Performance Using the National Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education, Third Edition, aligns with SHAPE America’s National Standards and Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education, was created by SHAPE America and its writing team, and was reviewed by researchers and teachers with expertise in assessment. The result is a text that you can use with confidence as you help develop physical literacy in your students.

Written for physical educators, administrators, and curriculum writers (and for physical education majors and minors), this latest edition offers the following:

• 130 ready-to-use assessments for kindergarten through grade 12 (65 elementary, 43 middle school, and 22 high school)

• Worksheets, checklists, and rubrics that support the assessments

• Guidance on creating your own assessments for any lesson or unit

These assessments are aligned with the three SHAPE America lesson planning books for elementary, middle, and secondary school and dovetail with SHAPE America’s The Essentials of Teaching Physical Education. The assessments can be used as they are, or you can modify them or use them as samples in creating assessments that are best suited to your needs.

PE Metrics, now in a four-color design, is organized into four main parts: Part I introduces the purpose and uses of assessment, how to develop an assessment plan, and the various types of assessments and tools you can use. Part II contains sample assessments for students in grades K-5, focusing on fundamental motor skills; as such, the elementary-level assessments center heavily on Standard 1. In part III, the emphasis shifts to middle school assessments, with a concentration on Standard 2 and on the categories of dance and rhythms, invasion games, net/wall games, fielding/striking games, outdoor pursuits, aquatics, and individual-performance activities. Part IV offers sample assessments for high school students, with a priority on providing evidence of the knowledge and skills students will need to remain active and fit after they leave high school.

This resource provides a comprehensive, performance-based assessment system that enables you to incorporate assessment into every facet of your teaching, create assessments that are unique to your program, and measure your students’ performance against the grade-level outcomes. The assessments are process focused and are designed to measure multiple constructs as well as provide meaningful feedback to students—ultimately helping them to develop holistically across all three learning domains (psychomotor, cognitive, and affective).

PE Metrics will help you instill in students the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity.

The Essentials of Teaching Physical Education is the definitive guide for future K-12 physical educators, as well as current teachers and administrators, and is an appropriate resource for learning to teach at both the elementary and the secondary levels.

Preparing Future Teachers for Success

The Essentials of Teaching Physical Education is the most up-to-date resource that meets the new SHAPE America National Standards and Grade-Level Outcomes. Fully integrated with all SHAPE America assessments, the text is comprehensive in its coverage of what future teachers need to know about teaching K-12 physical education and offers a flexible, individualized approach to enhance student learning and acquisition of skills.

The Essentials of Teaching Physical Education helps prepare future teachers by providing them with these aspects:

• Insight into student motivation

• A working knowledge of standards-based outcomes and content that will help students achieve the outcomes

• The ability to plan for learning in both the short and the long term

• Management and teaching skills to ensure an equitable environment that fosters student learning in three domains: psychomotor, cognitive, and affective

• The means to assess student learning and program effectiveness

Teaching for Learning Approach

In addition, The Essentials of Teaching Physical Education offers a practical and highly successful teaching for learning approach to curriculum development, which makes it easy to put the contents of the book in action and prepare students to graduate with a high degree of physical literacy. The book’s focus on physical literacy, accountability, and social justice, all key elements to high-quality physical education, will prepare future teachers to step into their jobs on day one, ready to deliver an effective program. The text also supplies a vocabulary of the current terminology used in physical education.

Ancillaries and Book Organization

The Essentials of Teaching Physical Education comes with a test bank, a PowerPoint presentation package that has approximately 15 slides per chapter, and a web resource with reproducible forms and supplemental activities.

The authors organized the book in five parts. Part I focuses on understanding the teaching for learning approach, and part II details the five national physical education standards. Part III delves into unit and lesson planning and developmentally appropriate content and curriculum models, and part IV explores how to establish safe learning environments, develop essential teaching skills, and assess student learning. Part V completes the picture for future students by tackling issues that are important to 21st-century skills and professional development.

The Resource for Developing Physically Literate Students

The result is a practical and well-researched resource that will help current and future physical educators develop physically literate students while providing guidance for accountability and social justice and meeting the SHAPE America National Standards and Grade-Level Outcomes. And that makes it a win–win–win: a win for teachers and future teachers, a win for their students, and a win for the United States as it progresses toward becoming a healthier nation.

For the savvy educator, assessment can be a powerful tool for informing teaching decisions, improving student learning, and helping students achieve learning standards. Learn how to make the most of assessment with Assessment-Driven Instruction in Physical Education. With this text and web resource, you’ll learn how to develop assessments and gather information that helps you monitor student progress, structure effective lessons, and make grading more accurate and systematic.

Assessment-Driven Instruction in Physical Education: A Standards-Based Approach to Promoting and Documenting Learning shows you how to use standards-based assessment to advance and support student learning in middle and high school physical education programs. In this text, authors Lund and Veal, both experienced physical education teachers and teacher educators, help readers not only understand assessment concepts and applications but also develop the skills to implement assessment.

Assessment-Driven Instruction in Physical Education can be used in a methods class, in an assessment class, or for in-service teacher education. It contains numerous examples of assessments and unique practice tasks that help teachers develop assessment skills. Current and future teachers can use these practice tasks to apply their knowledge to specific teaching situations and design their own assessments as they move through the text. Readers will also gain knowledge and strategies for assessing the psychomotor, cognitive, and affective domains based on current assessment research aligned with National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) standards.

To help those new to the assessment process, this text includes chapters on managing assessment, using data to improve learning, and using assessments to assign a fair grade—information not found in most texts on assessment and measurement. An accompanying web resource contains assessment-building practice tasks in a convenient downloadable format, offering an accessible and efficient way to develop knowledge and skills in assessment.

With Assessment-Driven Instruction in Physical Education, teacher candidates and current educators can solidify their knowledge of assessment concepts as they learn to design and use high-quality assessments. Assessment-Driven Instruction in Physical Education can help teachers make assessment a meaningful tool for informing instuctional choices, promoting student learning, and documenting learning.

If you want to know how to be the best, you learn from the best.

Two SHAPE America Physical Education Administrators of the Year share what it takes to be an outstanding administrator in Organization and Administration of Physical Education: Theory and Practice.

Jayne Greenberg and Judy LoBianco, veteran leaders in the field with decades of successful administration experience, head a sterling list of contributors who have taught at the elementary, middle school, high school, and college levels in urban, suburban, and rural settings. Together, these contributors expound on the roles and responsibilities of physical education administrators through both theoretical and practical lenses.

The result is a book that will be highly useful to undergraduate students looking to enter the field, as well as a resource for administrators in physical education leadership positions who are looking to acquire new skills and innovative ideas in each of the five areas of responsibility covered in the book.

Part I covers leadership, organization, and planning. It explores leadership and management styles and presents practical theories of motivation, development, and planning. It also looks at how to plan for the essential components of an effective, quality physical education program. In part II, readers examine various curriculum and instruction models and navigate through curriculum theory and mapping. This section also offers guidance on planning events, including special programs and fundraising projects, and how to build a team and secure community connections for those special events.

Part III helps administrators plan and design new school sites or renovate existing ones, and it presents contemporary concepts in universal design and sustainable environmental design. It also offers ideas on how to incorporate technology to meet the needs of 21st-century learners, including the use of social media and robotics in delivering instruction and communication. Part IV explores written, verbal, and electronic communication issues, as well as legal and human resource issues. Administrators learn how to lobby and advocate for physical education, how the legal system affects schools, and how to examine personnel issues, bullying, and harassment.

Part V explains the fiscal responsibilities inherent in administrative positions, including budgeting, bidding, and purchasing. It also shows how administrators can secure funding independent of district or local funding, offering many examples of grants and fundraising opportunities with sample grant applications.

Throughout the text, special features—Advice From the Field and Leadership in Action—share tips, nuggets of wisdom, and examples of administrators excelling in their various responsibilities. The book also comes with many practical examples of forms that are useful in carrying out responsibilities, and each chapter offers objectives, a list of key concepts, and review questions to facilitate the learning. In addition, the text comes with a web resource of supportive materials and documents.

Organization and Administration of Physical Education: Theory and Practice, published with SHAPE America, offers the solid foundational theory that administrators need and shows how to put that theory into daily practice.

Focused on physical literacy and measurable outcomes, empowering physical educators to help students meet the Common Core standards, and coming from a recently renamed but longstanding organization intent on shaping a standard of excellence in physical education, National Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education is all that and much more. Created by SHAPE America — Society of Health and Physical Educators (formerly AAHPERD) — this text unveils the new National Standards for K-12 Physical Education. The standards and text have been retooled to support students’ holistic development.

This is the third iteration of the National Standards for K-12 Physical Education, and this latest version features two prominent changes:

•The term physical literacy underpins the standards. It encompasses the three domains of physical education (psychomotor, cognitive, and affective) and considers not only physical competence and knowledge but also attitudes, motivation, and the social and psychological skills needed for participation.

• Grade-level outcomes support the national physical education standards. These measurable outcomes are organized by level (elementary, middle, and high school) and by standard. They provide a bridge between the new standards and K-12 physical education curriculum development and make it easy for teachers to assess and track student progress across grades, resulting in physically literate students.

In developing the grade-level outcomes, the authors focus on motor skill competency, student engagement and intrinsic motivation, instructional climate, gender differences, lifetime activity approach, and physical activity. All outcomes are written to align with the standards and with the intent of fostering lifelong physical activity.

National Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education presents the standards and outcomes in ways that will help preservice teachers and current practitioners plan curricula, units, lessons, and tasks. The text also

• empowers physical educators to help students meet the Common Core standards;

• allows teachers to see the new standards and the scope and sequence for outcomes for all grade levels at a glance in a colorful, easy-to-read format; and

• provides administrators, parents, and policy makers with a framework for understanding what students should know and be able to do as a result of their physical education instruction.

The result is a text that teachers can confidently use in creating and enhancing high-quality programs that prepare students to be physically literate and active their whole lives.

It’s never been more challenging to manage behavior and motivate students in a physical activity setting.

There are more at-risk children and students with disabilities to manage. Physical activity professionals also face the unique challenge of providing instruction to large groups with limited resources and distractions galore. If not handled correctly, these challenges can quickly add up to chaos, ineffective instruction, and frustrated, burnt-out physical activity professionals.

That’s where the third edition of Positive Behavior Management in Physical Activity Settings, Third Edition comes in. This resource will help you not only overcome those and other discipline challenges, but also use tried-and-true, positive techniques to develop appropriate and responsible behaviors and good character among all learners.

This new edition incorporates principles, methods, and instructional practices from psychology, special education, pedagogy, recreation, athletics, and coaching. It shows teachers, coaches, and recreation leaders how to apply the principles that have proven effective in schools, youth sport programs, and recreation sites.

Positive Behavior Management in Physical Activity Settings offers this new material:

• A new chapter on bullying, providing up-to-date information to help you recognize and manage such behavior within your group

• A new chapter on children with special needs, including autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit disorder, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, traumatic brain injury, and behavioral/emotional disabilities

• A new chapter on behavior management ethics and professionalism, to help those who are preparing to be physical activity professionals at the pre-service and in-service levels

• New sections on motivating children who are overweight or obese, using the latest research to help you to encourage them to participate

Also new to this edition are an instructor guide and a web resource. The instructor guide offers different sample syllabi, showing various ways to teach the course; sample assignments; answers to chapter review questions; suggested further readings; and useful websites and apps. The web resource supplies behavior management scenarios, sample forms (checklists, rubrics, certificates, worksheets) from the chapters, instructions for designing an Applied Behavior Analysis graph and a trifold display, useful websites and apps, and a glossary by chapter.

This text provides you with evidence-based strategies in managing special needs populations, including designing a positive behavioral support (PBS) model and a behavioral intervention plan (BIP), as well as information on response to intervention (RTI).

The authors have added a fourth section to this new edition. Part I details the challenges that professionals face in developing a positive learning environment, and shows readers how to be proactive in doing so. Part II outlines the interventions that physical activity professionals have successfully used in a variety of settings. This part includes chapters that discuss behavioral, humanistic, and biophysical approaches. The final chapter in this section addresses how to evaluate the behavior intervention.

Part III explores behavior management with various populations, and offers the new chapters on bullying and on special needs children. In part IV, the authors discuss ethical and professional behavior of physical activity professionals relative to the application of behavior management techniques used with children and youth with a focus on professionalism. The final chapter will synthesize the information presented in this text and assist the reader to take the appropriate steps needed to develop a working, teaching, and behavior management portfolio.


Positive Behavior Management in Physical Activity offers current and future K-12 physical educators, coaches, recreation specialists, and adapted physical education specialists guidance in motivating young people. You will learn how to manage behavior and create a physical activity environment that is conducive to performance and learning—and that is designed to empower children rather than control their behavior.

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