Do It…Now. Not tomorrow…Now

As fall quickly approaches, it reminds me that wrestling season is not far behind. Many of you have put in a great deal of work this offseason in an effort to reach your goals on the mat this year. Others have probably slacked a little bit or taken more time off than was necessary. I […]


A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer. -Ralph Waldo Emerson I read this quote in a book a couple years back and it has always stuck with me. It is such a great quote and applicable in so many ways. It makes me feel as if […]

Why Not?

I’d like to begin by asking you to focus on this simple word, “why”. We are going to attempt to analyze this word. When it comes to great feats and (so-called) impossible achievements this question word arises all too often. Why? When people of our society do not understand something it is only natural to […]


Today at Hammer practice I found myself thinking about the vast improvement that some of the attending athletes have already made this summer. It is incredible how much kids have improved in such a short amount of time with literally only three total hours of work each week. I mean think about that mathematically. There […]


Today I began to reminisce about the beginning of Hammer and the meaning behind the whole philosophy. This thought process led me to a single word,”Loyalty”. I am not exactly sure how it led to this but I will elaborate as best I can. To me, being a Hammer means being loyal to a fault. […]


As I walked out of Hammer practice today, I began thinking about “perception” and how it effects each and everyone of our lives daily. I mean think about it. Our perceptions create our reality. However we perceive something to be, in our minds eye, is how it is. So perceptions are reality. There are two […]

Day One…Success

As I sit in the office and revel in the aftermath of day one of Hammer Wrestling, I can’t help but smile and feel good. All in all, I would have to say it was a success. These are the moments where I remember why I coach and love the sport of wrestling so much. […]

Mind Gym

This is an older writing but I wanted to post it here as it has some great points to revisit. I wrote this after reading the book “Mind Gym“. It is an excellent book dealing with the mental side of sports and life. I combined aspects of the book with various thoughts and opinions of […]


I have come to the conclusion that there are two types of people in this world. Those that MAKE sacrifices and those that TAKE sacrifices. As you many of you probably have no idea what I’m talking about I will elaborate on this concept. Those people that make sacrifices are the givers to a greater […]

The 10 Commandments of Hammer Wrestling

I. Thou shalt punish thy bodies because the more thou sweatest in training, the less thou bleed in combat. II. Thou shalt never assume. Nothing is what it seems. III. If thou hurteth in thy efforts and thou suffer painful dings, then thou art Doing It Right. IV. Thou hast not to like it–thou hast […]