Preparing for Kauai's first wrestling tournament

Practice has been going well as we prepare for Kauai's first ever wrestling tournament on Saturday August 27 at Waimea High Gym. We have had 3 more clinics since the Aloha State Games.Visiting USAW coach, Alan Morris, from the Titan Wrestling club in Northern California helped us on 2 seperate nights in early August. Alan wrestled varsity 4 years at UC Davis, competed at the state and national level, and was a two-time medalist at the California Greco-Roman state championships. He is a bronze level certified coach USAW Wrestling and the National Coaches Education Program, and helps coach the Titan Wrestling Club. Alan was very helpful and the club members responded well to his instructions.

Patrick Garcia, HUAWA treasurer and membership director, and coach at Waianae High School, was also over in early August. Patrick has been our main contact with USAW as we became a charter club. Patrick demonstrated several attacks from the "Russian arm bar", and also demonstrated counters. Ever since Patrick visited several of the wrestlers have been using the "Russian" in scrimmage matches. Sam Silva, assistant coach at Farrington High School, visited us the weekend of August 13. Sam conducted an all day clinic on Saturday, we were all worn out! Sam is an excellent hands on teacher. It was amazing to see him throw coach Mac and team captain Jojo with such ease, even though he is much smaller. Be sure to view the video clips of Sam demonstrating the the front head lock and alligator roll. On Thursday August 18 we moved both mats, 6 sections, to the Waimea High School Gym. We will practice there every night until the tournament on Saturday August 27. It was a long hard day for the club members, coaches, parents and friends. Special mahalo to Kauai Commercial for the hauling, and of course Pastor James Merritt at our club home, Waimea Baptist Church. Pastor James helped lift and carry, and drove the church van to PMRF and back to help shuttle the mat movers. Coach Mac's sister Sandy, her husband Mike and children, Hunter and Savanna were visiting Kauai from Texas and came to a few practices. Both Hunter and Savanna went full speed on the mat, and had a lot of fun with the Westside Wrestlers. Mike is a former high school wrestler and martial arts practitioner, he helped with the practices while visiting. Coach Mac and his brother in law Mike kept up the family rivalry, going at it full speed on that mat. The takedown competiition was about a tie after 3 practices, with a lot of full speed action, it was fun to watch! See article: Westside Wrestling around for the first time

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