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 www.johnpassaroblog.com
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.
Since becoming an involuntary member of the "Life-Changing Events Club" in 2009, I have viewed life with a new perspective ever since.
I believe in life's ordinary events there is extraordinary meaning.
I believe within our lives there are many life lessons which, when applied, can vastly prepare us for what is to come in our lives.
I believe everything we do and everything that happens to us in our life - happens for a reason.
I know the reason may take many years to come to the surface.
But it most certainly will.
And, I believe, if you are paying attention, you will realize the magnificence of how the universe works.
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Or why – Wrestler A beat wrestler B, Wrestler B beat wrestler C, But wrestler A lost to wrestler C?
The answer is hidden in plain sight.
Styles make matches.
Choosing to create advantaged positions and avoid disadvantaged positions, is the most underutilized strategic asset in wrestling.
The wrestler who wrestles in his highest advantage position, for the longest time in the match, will have the greater probability of winning.
That is the reason why two wrestlers wrestle multiple times with drastically different outcomes, and why the logic doesn’t hold that if one wrestler beat another he should be able to beat the wrestler his prior opponent beat.
If you watch and research matches between the same wrestler’s you will see, more times than not, the reason there was a different outcome was because one wrestler was able to wrestle in his highest advantage position in one match and was not able to do so in the other.
Your job is to understand which position is your most favorable matchup position versus your opponent.
Where you have the greatest advantage.
Where you have the highest probability of scoring points as quickly as possible.
And to get to that position.
I believe, you don’t get to that position by chance,
I believe, you get to that position -
"Choice, not chance, determines your destiny" - Aristotle
"Choice" is part of
40+ inspirational wrestling stories capturing the people and culture of the greatest sport on earth.Each single is written true to length, ranging from 10-40 pages. These singles are purposefully designed to be written short and concise and are a sampling of the book "Wrestling Writing"