Meet Ron (Ronnie) Bushfield, head of our wrestling program, and a bit of a Tasmanian devil when it comes to competing!
I do the wrestling program here, two times a week. We basically go straight into technique. We have a solid hour. I get into technique and sparring. As long as we are getting a good sweat on and everybody has fun, that is what I’m after.
I have always been involved with wrestling since high school. It was a relatively cheap sport. The same with most combat sports. You don't require much equipment. In high school, wrestling was kind of the thing that I wanted to get into.
It was either that or boxing, and boxing was unavailable to me. I chose wrestling, started with it and became really good, with a really good coach that I liked at my high school.
During high school I was in a club. And it stuck with me that it's a healthy lifestyle. It's something that will help you in life, period.
I realized then that there are not many other things in life that are harder than wrestling, if you have ever done it, and done it at a fast pace with someone who is really good.
Actually in most of the sports that you can choose from, if it is really fast-paced and with somebody that is either better than you or with the same skills, you're looking at a hard time. I found that wrestling pushes me to my limits.
In life, it makes life easier when you realize: wow, this is hard. I would actually like to go to work because it’s easier.
I have been a part of this gym for about eleven years now. And it's because everybody is super friendly, everybody is very helpful. You have a question, they answer it.
They will go into great detail about how to perform any techniques you want to learn about. Great, great partners here. No injuries. That is what keeps us around, too. It is a safe environment. Mats and padded walls, the whole training area is really good. The training environment, along with the instructors, I can’t really see it being any better than this.
Ron's move of the month is Fireman's Carry (wrestling takedown).
Here is what Brian Bird had to say about Ron:
Ron has a really interesting story about how he came to our gym. So, Ron was at another gym doing primarily wrestling. His coach wanted him to challenge himself and he entered him into a jiu-jitsu tournament at Champion's Creed. Sheila (a.k.a Wonder Woman) was up against him. Now, remember this was jiu-jitsu. An unfamiliar sport to Ron at the time.
Well, during the match, Sheila caught him in an arm-bar submission, but Ron is deceiving and super tenacious and would not give up!! The match ended up in a draw but left Ron with a very sore arm the next day. (There are worse things than getting it handed to you by Wonder Woman.) Ron thought about this a lot and was very impressed a female athlete could compete like this, and not too long down the road he called the gym and was interested in training with us.
Not long after, with the combination of his strong wrestling background and training in jiu-jitsu, Ron was winning all the tournaments he would enter! Along the way he would transfer to coaching the wrestling classes and helping everyone with their takedown game.
Now when I said he was deceiving, because when you meet him he is the friendliest guy, he has an awesome smile and he comes across as unintimidating, but when he gets in the ring he has an unbelievable level of energy , and he is super fun to watch. He is a great teammate and is always the first to help in every way.
- Coach Brian Bird
So, when Ron isn't at the gym, he is running his own electrical company, and is the reason the lights are on in the gym, but when he's in the ring he's lights out! (Too cheesy?) Come in and meet (if you can catch him) our own Tasmanian devil!