Reaching Beyond The Lehigh Valley
Hi everyone, Seth Ciasulli here. I am the owner and head coach of the Red Hawk Wrestling Club.
This is an introduction to Red Hawk's blog and YouTube channel and what I plan to do here on the internet. In order to help out the wrestling community as a whole, I want to do more. There are so many more wrestlers that I want to influence than just the ones who come to Red Hawk. I understand that not everyone can attend my classes. Distance or money may be an issue, or just competing ideologies within the sport. That leads me to the internet, YouTube, and any other social networking platform I can reach out to. These videos may also entice you to want to be a part of Red Hawk because there is nothing like real life instruction. So while I can upload videos, you can also bring your wrestler to Red Hawk to get the most out of me as a coach, if you're in the area that is.
So, I'm going to be making a few different series of videos.
To start off, I want to start creating videos that update you on things going on with the club itself. I want to further explain things that change like practice times, technique, dual results, and things of that nature. I also want to start commenting on things that happen in the wrestling community. FloWrestling has been doing a great job covering the sport of wrestling. A lot of parents and kids ask my opinion on the things that happen, especially the more controversial events, so I figure why not start to share my opinions through these videos.
The next video idea I have will be me either answering your questions, or going through the many theories that I have as a coach. So a topic I could talk about would be something like: "Dealing With Failure". You can see where this is going. This sport, like many others, has a huge mental element to it. Usually, if someone is putting in all of the hard work necessary to be good and not seeing results, there is either something mentally holding them back, or they're not training correctly. Your body will not move if your mind doesn't tell it to. These hesitations can have many different reasons. You as a wrestler, or as a parent of a wrestler, need to figure out the problem. The psychology of the sport of wrestling is very valuable and is one thing that I am most feverishly trying to understand. It also tends to be the most fleeting. Every wrestler presents new challenges. This makes coaching interesting, fun, yet difficult.
Finding new moves to teach is rather easy. I just watch college wrestling and look for things that I don't know. Penn State wrestlers use a lot of interesting technique. I also tend to get into random positions with some of my better wrestlers while doing private lessons which leads to either one of us being creative and coming up with something new. But getting your wrestler to unlock his true mental potential is a much more difficult task, yet can make the biggest impact and be the most rewarding. So, there's lots of little talks that I have with kids that I do lessons with that try to explain the process, and explain how you have to think about the sport in order to reach your skill ceiling and beyond.
Of course I will work to provide a strictly positive influence. Too often with youth sports, wrestling being a great example, parents and coaches are way too overbearing. Because of this they tend to ruin the entire experience for the wrestler himself. I've seen this countless times. Now, no one can have success without someone pushing them, but you have a find a way to balance all of that. If you lose your son or daughter because of a sport, you'll lose them for everything else. Good luck trying to give them advice through their teenage years. You'll spend the rest of your life trying to repair that relationship. Through these videos I'll try to explain these topics and more as best as I can.
No, I am not a licensed psychologist or anything, but I have been working with kids for over 15 years already. I started giving private lessons when I was 16 and I've been able to take many from nothing to a state champ. Believe me, finding a good workout partner isn't the battle. You need consistent technical instruction, specific live wrestling, and you need to have the right mindset. Your personality is partly innate, but the other part can definitely be influenced for the better, or worse, depending on who you're taking advice from.
Another series of videos I want to create are instructional. I'll need a partner for this and will have to film it down at Red Hawk, but there are a lot of moves that I need to record. Like, at least 300 of them. The videos that are up on YouTube right now are, in short, outdated. Some moves I don't even teach anymore. This is due to a lack of time and because they tend to not be as effective as the moves that I do teach. I try to focus on high percentage technique because it takes a while to get through my lesson plan and I can only fit in so many per night. Some nights we go over 20 moves or more in the advanced class. The lesson plan has grown immensely in the last few years, so you can see how important this would be. The reason to film moves that I already posted is just because through the last few years I've gotten better at teaching. I'm more articulate, I stutter less, I use less filler words, I explain common issues, etc. There is also quite a lot of background noise in the videos that are up on Red Hawk's YouTube channel right now, and the quality is not perfect. I can fix those problems entirely by going through the moves again in a more controlled atmosphere.
The third series of videos I'm thinking of doing is reviewing matches. I want to offer a service where I review your wrestler's match, explaining in great detail what could have been done at each critical point. A typical match tends to take about 30 minutes to explain, give or take. Every single engagement in a match could be handled a number of different ways. Every time a situation changes, you're forced to make a decision. From how you handle the person posting on your shoulder or tying up with you, to how you handle his shots, how you scramble, how you try to score points on top, how you try to escape from bottom, etc. You can fix many issues by picking apart matches in this way. I sometimes provide this service when I do private lessons. In the lessons I can have the kids drill the issues to further cement the point, but I feel like I can accurately explain these through my videos as well. I want to put these videos up on YouTube so you and other people can watch and learn from them. For obvious reasons, I will not coach against my own kids. So if you're a Red Hawk member you can consider yourself safe.
You don't need to be a member for this kind of thing. You don't even need to live on this side of the country. All you need to do is figure out a way to post your video online so I can watch it and comment on it. Throw it up on YouTube, keep it private if you want so no one else can see it if they don't have the link. My private lessons are $60 per hour, so if a match takes about 30 minutes to review, let's say $30 per match.
Those are the kinds of videos that I'm thinking about making right now. I feel like it would be really valuable for the wrestling community as a whole. I may come up with more ideas as time progresses. If you have any ideas, questions, concerns, don't hesitate to contact me.
That's it for now. I will be uploading videos as consistently as time allows.
Thanks for watching.