Free Sample: Johny Hendricks on becoming a fully-rounded fighter

The two-time NCAA wrestling champion and top welterweight contender talks about how he evolved from a collegiate grappler to a world class mixed martial artist

15 October 2012    |    0 Comments

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To read Johny Hendricks's top tips to becoming an all-rounder, click here to get yourself a copy of issue 37 of Fighting Fit. To buy this edition via our app, please click here.

I started in wrestling before I was even born. My dad played basketball at college and one day got into an argument with the wrestling coach there. The result was that he ended up wrestling for the team until he blew out his knee but by then the fate of me and my brother had been decided: we were going to wrestle no matter what. My dad coached me through high school and was even giving me advice when I went to college. I would always try what he would tell me to do and it was always good advice.

The other thing that really helped me to become NCAA Division 1 champion was my brother and his friends. We'd moved to a new place and my brother made some new friends. They were a few years older than me and really picked on me. I was only eight but I learned at that young age when to be tough. It really carried over onto the wrestling mat. Once I stepped onto the wrestling circle I knew I could be tougher than my opponent.

I won two NCAA national championships. I was a three-time Big 12 champion and a three-time high school state champion but I think it was my first loss at high school when I really learned the lesson to strive to be the best. More than anything it made me realise what I wanted to do. Wrestling taught me that if you put the work in it can happen. It might not always happen and if it doesn’t then you just have to try harder. Here is my advice on how to go from wrestler to all-rounder.

To read Johny Hendricks's top tips to becoming an all-rounder, click here to get yourself a copy of issue 37 of Fighting Fit. To buy this edition via our app, please click here.


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