Frequently Asked Questions
To sign up for Central Toronto Wrestling Club, all you have to do is show up during one of our scheduled training sessions. It's not always necessary to call ahead, but it wouldn't hurt. We will personally answer all your questions at that time. To pay, we accept cash, cheque and debit or credit card. All memberships in Central Toronto Wrestling Club automatically include a one-year membership in the Ontario Amateur Wrestling Association (OAWA). This membership entitles wrestlers to compete in Open Tournaments sanctioned by the OAWA as well as train at a number of other facilities.
01 How many times a week should my child (or I) wrestle?.
Our programs are designed for training 2 or 3 times a week which is about ideal. More advanced, highly motivated and committed wrestlers who are prepared to do the work may opt for training up to 5 times week. However, there is the possibility of greater mental and physical fatigue - sometimes referred to as "burnt out" associated with this. Please talk to us about arrangements for training more often than 3 times per week.
02 Finances aren't too good right now. Do you have any subsidies or payment plans?
Yes! Please talk to us. At Central Toronto Wrestling we have a policy that a certain percentage of all our athletes who are in need will be subsidized. No committed wrestler will ever be turned away due to financial concerns. We are prepared to help out all of our members who are willing to work hard achieve their wrestling goals. Parents can also take advantage of the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Program to help cover the fee for their young wrestlers!
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03 Where else can I (or my child) train?
Once you are a member of Central Toronto Wrestling Club, you are entitled to train at a wide number of training facilities throughout the world. At certain times, some of our practices will be at the OAWA funded Toronto Wrestling Development Centre at 1 Danforth Ave. which will give us exposure to wrestlers and training partners from other clubs. We also have reciprical agreements with a number of club based training centers in Guelph, Hamilton, St. Catharines Montreal and Kingston. We also sponsor an annual training camp for advanced wrestlers in Cuba with the Cuban National Team.
04 Are injuries common?
There's no denying that wrestling is a tough sport. However, the risk of injuries are reduced when athletes are exposed to a progressive training program that doesn't ask them to do what they cannot. We insist that athletes use only the instructed correct techniques which are designed to keep both the attacker and the defender safe. Most injuries that do occur in wrestling are of a minor consequence. And there is no need for wrestlers to get the "cauliflower ears" so common in MMA fighters and rugby players - ear protection and preventative measures are available!
05 How long before I (or my child, children) get "good"?
At Central Toronto Wrestling, we aren't too concerned about young wrestlers getting "good". It's far more important that wrestlers use wrestling to learn skills leading to success in life, have fun and enjoy the adventure that comes simply through practicing wrestling skills. Studies have revealed that, regardless of whether you are training in tennis, baseball, ballet or piano playing, it takes about 10,000 hours or about 10 years to reach the highest levels of excellence. That being said, about 50 hours of wrestling training will be sufficient to consistently execute solid wrestling moves on any beginning wrestler. With more training comes progressively higher levels of wrestling, greater enjoyment in the sport, and more adventure!