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Robby Taylor

Several months ago I wrestled with one of my buddies who used to be in the Navy. When he was in the service he wrestled guys a lot, although I don’t think I’ve ever really done it before haha. He had a really hard time pinning me down because every time he would try I would simply press off of the ground and get out of it. He ended up having to get me in an arm bar while on top of me to get me to tap out. Later he told me I was at about the 50th percentile of guys that he’s wrestled (even though a lot of those guys spent a lot of time doing it). Oh yeah he was also about 200 pounds while I was 130. He felt like I would do really well in my weight division.

There’s a reason they call wrestler’s bridge a wrestler’s bridge, and I know that bodyweight training has always been very popular for boxers, MMA fighters, and martial artists in general. Look up The Great Gama, he was arguably the greatest wrestler of all time and a huge part of his conditioning (I hesitate to say only part) was Hindu push ups and Hindu squats.


EDIT: Oh wait, he said I was in the top 1/3 of people he’s gone up against. He was talking about another of our friends when he said top 1/2 (this was all without regard to size).