It takes courage, bravery, and a willingness to take a step back to take a leap forward. Experience can be a painful teacher when one is in it's process. But you must go through the pain to grow.
That's why I was so glad to see 40 young (and not-so-young) talents come out to the last Ring of Honor seminar. We had experience ranging from 10 months to 18 years and several countries were represented.
These students of the game all had one thing in common: A willingness to step forward and be judged. I guaranteed at least half of them thought they would do better than they actually did. Good for them. They now have a benchmark to measure themselves and plenty to improve upon. Everyone in that ring showed a passion for learning. I wish their peers displayed the same. Our business would stand taller.
For the ones that excelled, I say, "Bravo." However, there is still much work to do. And the campers who didn't perform as well will take this new information, attempting to pass you on road to success. Your margin of victory was small. The job has just begun.
I can confidently say that every student and staff member who showed up in that crowded gym learned much about wrestling and themselves. Being an instructor doesn't preclude you from having the heart of a student.
I was very impressed (as usual) with the coaching staff. I'm sure it wasn't easy to put aside personal issues and concentrate on teaching, but we all had a job to do. Our instructors all have incredible and different passions they willingly shared all weekend. It was indeed a privilege.
I'll see you in December. I'm already counting the days.
Brutal Bob Evans