What kind of safety measures is the school taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
Currently, we have limited class sizes to no more than 10 people at a time. Furthermore, we are checking and logging every student's temperature before they are allowed to train. Any students showing signs of a fever will not be allowed to participate. Masks are required to enter and exit the facility as well.
What clothing/equipment is recommended for training?
Shorts, sweatpants or leggings are recommended along with a t-shirt. Please be aware we do not allow sleeveless shirts or tank tops for cleanliness purposes. For footwear please wear amateur wrestling shoes or boxing/wrestling boots. This helps prevent tears in the canvas caused by most regular shoes. Kneepads/elbowpads are recommended for safety as well. Lastly, bring a towel to dry off and a notebook to keep track of everything learned in class.
What level of physical readiness should one have before starting training?
Our general recommendation is strength training and cardio. Having physical strength is key in wrestling as you often have to support not just your own body weight but your opponent’s. Circuit style or HIIT training is the closest cardio routine to replicating what goes on in the ring.
However, Professional Wrestling is an incredibly unique and physically taxing sport. Nothing can truly replicate what it takes to be training or performing. For that reason we accept all levels of physical fitness, but encourage preparation beforehand. If you are unsure, contact us and we can discuss it.
What makes an ideal Dojo student?
Coachability is the most important feature you can have at all levels of professional wrestling. The ability to listen and learn is what we want in all our students. We look for individuals willing to come in every session, good day or bad day, and give it their all. There is absolutely no substitute for hard work. You will get out of this what you put in.
Could you give a breakdown of a normal training session?
Our training sessions always begin with a group stretch. Afterwards, we use a variety of warm-up exercises to prep everyone for our in-ring drills. These are generally a timed circuit workout, deck of cards cardio warm-up, partner exercises or the agility ladder. Once everyone is properly warmed up the remaining bulk class time consists of in-ring drills. The in-ring portion starts with simple rolls, bumps and rope-work before progressing to more complex sequences or holds. The group warm-up takes 20-40 minutes leaving roughly 2 hours for the in-ring portion. For advanced sessions, classes typically end with practice matches.
What is the difference between the Beginner and Advanced classes?
The Beginner classes focus on the fundamentals such as rolls, bumps, simple holds/pins and more. This leads to an understanding of basic in-ring psychology and match structure. The Advanced classes are for students that possess a solid grasp on psychology and match structuring. The Advanced classes are also where students begin to learn different styles of wrestling such as Mexican Lucha Libre and British World of Sport.
Are the Beginner and Advanced classes covered in the tuition?
Yes, both training programs are covered under the tuition. There are no additional fees to graduate into the Advanced class.
How long will it take to have my first match in front of a live crowd?
This differs greatly from student to student. Everyone learns and progresses at a different pace. We’ve had students debut in front of a live crowd in around 6 months but some also took over a year. The most important thing to remember is to stay consistent with your training. Try to improve and learn every single session and eventually that first match will come.
Have any students worked for or signed a contract with a major organization?
Yes, we’ve had several students work for or sign a contract with a major organization. Two of our earliest graduates are Ryan Nova and Eli Isom, both of whom took their first steps into wrestling at Worldwide. They each signed contracts with Ring of Honor only 2 years into their career which is a very rare feat in wrestling.
What transportation is located nearby?
The Dojo is a 25 minute drive from the heart of Philadelphia. It is is located only 2 blocks from the Bristol Train Station, a stop on the Philadelphia/Trenton train network. There is a bus stop adjacent to the station. Several of our students use public transportation to arrive at the school.
There is a public parking lot in front of the building with plenty of space.
Does the Dojo have a harassment policy?
Yes, all students are informed that we have an absolute zero tolerance policy on any kind of harassment. This includes all forms whether sexual, racial, mental, physical etc. We encourage everyone to contact a trainer immediately if they are ever made to feel uncomfortable. We strive to protect all our students and provide a safe/positive environment to train in at all times.