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Frequently Asked Questions
What Are The Requirements For Training At GWA?
- All students must be 18 years of age or older.
- All students must sign our Waiver/Liability Release.
- All students must be in good health and cardiovascular condition.
- All students must sign our Code of Conduct.
- All students must pay Tuition Fees timely.
- All students must have Medical Insurance.
- All students must have their own training equipment.
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What Will I Learn At Gangrel's Wrestling Asylum?
As a student at Gangrel’s Wrestling Asylum, your training will include:
Cardiovascular Training – You will get into the best wrestling shape possible by preparing your body to wrestle with strong cardiovascular workouts. This can include running, high-impact calisthenics, and other faster-paced exercises.
Wrestling – You will receive detailed and defined education on all aspects of mat and spot wrestling from GWA’s staff of experienced Trainers – including Gangrel himself. Your training will include learning all varieties of holds, spots, bumps, and moves in the world of professional wrestling. You will receive individual attention from our Trainers when learning each and every aspect of Professional Wrestling.
Wrestling Etiquette – You will learn the proper behavior expected of you as a Professional Wrestler from our Trainers – all of whom have decades of experience in the business. This includes your behaviors both in and out of the ring, how to act when wrestling for promoters, proper wrestling language, and everything in between to prepare you to be the best Professional Wrestler you can be.
Wrestling Psychology – You will learn all the aspects of ring psychology and why various elements of a wrestling match are so vital to the success of that match. You will learn match anatomy and how and why we do everything we do in a wrestling match.
Interviews – You will receive in-depth instruction and first-hand experience in executing wrestling promos and interviews – both in front of a camera and in front of an audience – to prepare you for nailing promos and interviews throughout your Professional Wrestling career.
Wrestling Matches – As you progress and advance with your skills, you will be given the opportunity to perform in actual wrestling matches in the ring against other GWA students and other Pro Wrestlers at the Asylum. If and when the instructors feel you are ready to begin wrestling on actual Professional Wrestling shows/events, you will receive assistance in how to develop your resume and promo reel, how to reach out to/communicate with Promoters, and how to obtain bookings.
Is Professional Wrestling Training Safe?
Today’s Professional Wrestlers have to prove themselves even more than those who have come before – even Hall of Famers. They often have to hit harder and be more “brutally creative” due to today’s “reality television” and “social media” culture looking to criticize and exploit every little flaw they see.
Professional Wrestling has inherent risks and all students are required to sign a waiver prior to beginning their training program. As with all physical contact sports, you will receive your fair share of bumps, bruises, and blood.
However, at Gangrel’s Wrestling Asylum, our primary goal is to maintain a safe environment for our students. We stress both respect and safety – which are two very important and necessary elements to a successful career in Professional Wrestling. New students are taken through an intensive fundamentals course to learn “the basics” and perform primary skills and movements safely and effectively.
Does GWA Offer Training In Other Aspects of The Professional Wrestling Industry?
Not interested in becoming a Professional Wrestler? GWA also trains Referees, Valets, Managers, Ring Announcers, and Commentators – as well as many other important roles within the Professional Wrestling business.
Our experienced Trainers will take you under their wings and teach you what it takes to make a full-scale wrestling production tick, including . . .
- Booking Venues
- Event Promotion
- Attracting Sponsorship
- Ring/Production Crew
- Televised and House Show Production
- Being an Agent or a Booker
The opportunities are endless and available to those who take the time to learn them.
So whatever your interest is in the world of Professional Wrestling, we’ve got you covered at Gangrel’s Wrestling Asylum.
What Training Equipment Do I Need To Start?
It is very important to have training gear in order to protect yourself and fully excel in Professional Wrestling training. In addition, it is extremely imperative that you keep your gear clean and dry for every session. Below is a list of required gear:
- Footwear: We recommend you get Pro Wrestling boots as they will give you proper support and protect your feet, ankles & calves. We recommend RD WRESTLING BOOTS. Other than Professional Wrestling boots we advise getting Wrestling Shoes with good support or high-top athletic shoes. You can even use athletic shoes you already have, we just require you use those only for training and not everyday use.
- Knee Pads: You have to protect your knees in a sport where anything can happen, that’s why you need knee pads. Volleyball knee pad sets are highly recommended as they’re made to hit a hardwood floor.
- Elbow Pads: While not a necessity, your elbows will get mat burn so you should get elbow pads or elbow tape.
- Protective Headgear: Concussions are very real in Professional Wrestling. So until you properly learn the “back bump,” you will have a bump helmet. We have class provided headgear you can share with classmates – though it is recommended that you purchase your own martial arts headgear.
- Sports Tape: You understand the need for sports tape after your first sprain – after which you’ll make sure you always have a roll.
- Gym Towel: You will sweat and you will need a clean gym towel every session.
- Minimum of 2 Gym Shirts: Once again, you will sweat and if your shirt becomes soaked, you are required to change your shirt.
- Water: Staying hydrated is vital when engaged in high-intensity activity – which Professional Wrestling Training most definitely is. It is recommended you bring at least a gallon of water with you to each training session.
How Long Does It Take To Complete Training?
While there is no simple answer to how long it takes to complete training, our goal is to make sure you have a firm understanding of the basics with about six months of continuous training. Everyone trains at his/her own pace.
You should expect to train for at least one to two years. You may or may not be ready to perform at live events within that time frame.
There are so many different aspects to building a Professional Wrestler – from the execution of your moves to crowd/ring psychology, and everything in between. For example, you need to be able to:
- Call/Control a match – aspiring to become a ring general.
- Develop good mic/promo skills
- Develop a creative move set, a believable finisher, etc.
- Have great ring gear
- Affect and Elicit crowd reaction – be it as a face or heel
The truth of the matter is that you never stop learning. The day you think you know everything is the day you should take those boots off and hang ’em up.
How Do I Advance Through The Training?
- Each new student will undergo an initial assessment to determine their level of overall conditioning, agility, and in-ring knowledge.
- Students who pass the initial assessment will be assigned to the Beginner or Advanced Program.
- Some students may be assigned to a conditioning program prior to starting in-ring instruction.
- Students will be invited to put their knowledge to the test and be evaluated by their trainers in order to move on to more advanced training.
- Every student progresses at his/her own pace, but our goal is to give you a firm understanding of the basics and show you how to build on that strong foundation over the course of 6-24 months (or longer).
Do I Have To Be In Shape To Train At GWA?
No. Everyone has to start somewhere. One of our goals is to help you get on track to a healthier lifestyle. However, being in shape will help you advance more quickly through the basics of GWA’s pro-wrestling training.
If you already have been working out regularly and have a fit build, you’re already off to a great start. However, it is advisable to change up your routine from time to time, as your body gets used to the same routine and doesn’t allow for full impact and growth of your muscles.
Is Training At GWA Like Training for MMA or UFC?
Although we do train in submission wrestling, our main focus is Professional Wrestling – such as you see on WWE, AEW, ROH, IMPACT, and NJPW.
However, anything can happen in the ring at any given time. We train you to handle virtually any situation that may occur.
Will I Get To Perform At GWA Shows and Events?
GWA students are required to attend GWA live events to serve as Ring Crew, Security, and Event Staff in order to learn about all aspects of the live event business.
While there are no guarantees, the most promising students will be given every opportunity to get in front of “the right people” and perform at GWA live events.
Also, students who successfully complete GWA’s prescribed training programs and perform at GWA live events will always have a place to train and continue to hone their craft. Veteran students continue to conduct training for the newest beginners while continuing to improve their own in-ring work.
GWA’s Trainers and Staff can also assist students with making and cultivating connections to perform at other independent promotions – both in Florida and throughout the United States.
If I Train At GWA, WIll I Be Famous?
There are no guarantees in any type of sports or entertainment professions. Even top draft picks don’t always end up in the major leagues. Becoming a Professional Wrestler takes a lot of hard work, dedication, sacrifice, and most importantly . . . heart.
The one thing Gangrel’s Wrestling Asylum can guarantee is a strong foundation in the Professional Wrestling business – with an emphasis on teaching both televised and house show-style wrestling – as well as what it takes to succeed in the locker room. You will learn proper locker room etiquette, along with respect for those in and out of the ring.
Make no mistake, there can be a great deal of heartbreak and heartache within the Professional Wrestling business. It is up to you to stay focused, driven, dedicated, and continue to push forward – relishing not only in your successes but learning how to deal with disappointment and discouragement.
Our goal is to thoroughly prepare you for a successful career in Professional Wrestling. We will equip you with the tools you need . . . the blood, sweat, sacrifice, and heart is up to you.
The difference between a SUPERSTAR and a beginner is that the superstar has failed more times than the beginner has ever tried. It’s not wanting to succeed that makes you a success. . . it’s REFUSING TO FAIL.
Any Additional Words of Wisdom?
Listen to those that have paved the way. Even when it doesn’t make sense to you … it will, in time.
Become a sponge. Absorb all of the information and knowledge you can from GWA’s Trainers and Guest Trainers. Take the good with the bad and figure out what works best for YOU and YOUR character and career trajectory. You can and will always learn something new by keeping an open mind.
Most importantly . . . . REMEMBER TO HAVE FUN !!!
If you’re not having fun, then your not doing it right.
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