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Billy Robinson on Training


For wrestling, many training methods may vary, there will be times when you have the opportunity to go to the gym every day, or as many times as you think is good for you personally in one week. Which is good, so long as you don’t squander your time? By this I mean when you start to train, don’t stop, in a no time limit wrestling match you have no time to rest until the match is over so don’t stop until your work-out is finished. Talking and socializing or joking is done after the work-out. 

Some of the greatest moments in my life were at the "Snake-Pit”, Billy Riley’s gym. After I had worked-out or sparred, or was just visiting watching others work-out. The talk of the old time greats, who were there to offer advice and recollect great moments of their careers and times and stories passed down by the wrestling greats before themselves.

Some Wigan coaches prefer a non stop work ethic while sparring. The great Joe Robinson and his brother Bob (Billy Joyce) (Bob I consider as the greatest wrestler I ever wrestled) are two. Billy Riley who taught both Bob and Joe, myself and many more like the legendary Karl Gotch, (Karol Istaz) Tommy Moore (Jack Dempsey) and many more, preferred to stop you and correct mistakes. I think there are times when both methods are correct. One of the biggest mistakes a young wrestler can make is when he starts to think he is good and only needs to train once a week or once every two weeks .With wrestling, timing is so important; a split second off can mean the difference between success and failure. Only sparring and training regularly will keep your timing in check.

As the old timers point out, training for 30 minutes or so, three or four times a week is far better than one 6 hour work-out once a week or fortnight, (two weeks). The more times you train per week the better.

I learned a great lesson. Once you start to think you are the best and know it all, you stop learning. Remember these rules.
Rule number one.
Rule number two.


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