This past weekend was the New York Athletic Club International tournament. I had a great showing and I was happy to be back in competition after almost three months of quiet time. I was extremely pleased with how I wrestled, even if my 4th place finish doesn't show how I felt. It just means I have a lot of great room for improvement :).
After the tournament, I got an amazing opportunity to do a clinic for the Beat the Streets NY Wrestling Club. It was exciting to see so many young faces in the wrestling room, drilling and working on technique with that youthful excitement. We had an awesome showing of about 25 girls, ages 13 to 17. It can be tough sometimes to jump into such an established club and hope the things you show are new or an improvement on what the kids already know. I just went with my gut and worked on establishing strong defensive and offensive basics. As female wrestlers, we often depend on our flexibility instead of focusing on strong positioning, so I knew it was important to demonstrate. We didn't get an opportunity show parterre technique, but we got to do some scootin' around the mat to show the girls the importance of movement in a defensive position in parterre.
This in particular was a really special event for me. One of my best friends and college teammate from Menlo, Jacque Davis, is the girls coach for Beat the Streets, NY. She has just recently began in this position, but I could already see what a huge impact she has had on these young girls. You can always find people who can coach, but you cant always find a coach who can connect with their athletes so well. This is exactly what Jacque has brought to this program. I am so proud and so lucky that I had teammates in college who were so passionate about a sport I love so much, that they are still involved years after graduation! It just shows over and over that wrestling creates a whole different breed of people, that drives them to want to stay with the sport and to continue to give back to our future wrestlers. Thank for such a wonderful opportunity BTSNY!
Now go follow BTSNY on twitter @BeatTheStreets, check out their website and the article they did on my clinic: http://btsny.org/news/415-fulp-allen-clinic-a-big-success
And if you guys arent following @fulpallenwrstlg on twitter already... then I dont know WHAT you are doing! ;)