On Sunday (Feb 26), I went all the way to Cardiff to participate in my first EVER wrestling lesson with Dragon Pro Wrestling.
Al introduced me to the delights of WWE when we first started dating, and I’ve loved it ever since. Al and I watch every pay per view every month, and we even watched WWE NXT at Download in June 2016.
I’d always wanted to have a go myself, but the nearest place was a two and a half hour drive away. I’d thought about it at length, but the time and cost of fuel was setting me back.
That was until I heard that Dragon Pro Wrestling was relocating to Cardiff, which is half an hour closer to my home in Pembrokeshire. The first lesson was free, so I decided to give it a go!
I’d been waiting for Sunday to come with huge anticipation, and I was so excited to get going. I got in the car, put on my The Used playlist on Spotify, and set off with the lady on Google Maps leading the way.
Two hours later, I arrived outside Cathays Community Centre, at Cathays Terrace in Cardiff. As I walked toward the entrance, I spotted some other people who looked like they were ready for a workout, so I followed them into the centre.
I was greeted by a ring and a load of tall athletic looking creatures. At first I felt a little out of place, being 5ft 5″ and overweight, trying to fit into the running clothes I hadn’t worn for over a year. But, I was greeted with a warm welcome and about two dozen handshakes!
Everybody was so friendly, and I was pleased to see that I wasn’t the only female.
After being welcomed and having a quick chat, it was time for the warm up, and never have I felt so unfit! I didn’t expect to be amazing on my first lesson, but I couldn’t believe the agility and relentless energy of the people around me.
At first, we were asked to jog on the spot, then raise our knees higher, then back to jogging on the spot. After this, we had to jog on the spot, then do 10 press ups, back to jogging on the spot and repeat, for what felt like 100 times.
I’m not the best at push ups anyway, so my little tiny ones probably looked rather pathetic next to everyone else’s. But, because everyone was so focused on what they were doing and trying to push themselves, I didn’t feel like all eyes were on me, so I just did what I could.
After about 10 minutes, I was feeling absolutely exhausted, and I had to take a breather. I felt so unfit! I thought I was going to keel over and die. There was a part of me thinking: “Why on earth have you just driven two hours for two hours of hell?”
But the feeling soon went. As I got to my chair, panting and sweating, I was approached by one of the organisers. He told me that it was okay to take a break, and not to expect to be able to do everything all at once.
So, once I’d got my breath back, I decided to join back in.
If there’s one thing I learnt about myself, it’s that I’m not afraid of diving on the floor! Part of the warm up was to, basically go from standing to lying down on your back, and getting back up again to the position you started in. The word “set” was used for lying down, and “go” for getting up.
Half of the group went first, and I watched them in amazement. These people were just insane! I couldn’t believe how fast and agile they were, as well as the determination to do what it is they are being asked.
It was then my turn to try out the warm up with the second group of people. I was shown how to do it properly, and then it was time to get into it. I managed to get onto the floor really fast (for me), but getting back up again was a struggle!
Once the warm up was finished, we had a quick breather and a drink and then we got straight back to it.
We started off lining up on the sides of the ring, and taking it in turns to perform a shoulder roll, followed by a forward roll, then a shoulder roll and backwards roll.
The one that impressed me the most was the diving forward roll. There were people in this session who had obviously been doing it a long time – they were leaping across the ring like animals, and just before you think they’re going to fall and break their neck they land and turn into a forward roll, and end up standing on their feet.
I attempted it, but with a little jump rather than the tiger-like ones everybody else did!
After this was another exercise, where you run diagonally across the ring, put your chest on the corner cushion on the opposite side and jump over the ropes. I watched, and was one of the last to try it out. Whilst I was impressed that I managed to jump over, I was a little annoyed with myself for not bringing my arm all the way over. Which, unfortunately resulted in a beautiful bruise on the inside of my left arm.
But, no pain no gain, right?
Once we’d finished practicing our moves, we paired up and tried grappling, and eventually putting each other on the floor. When I say “putting”, it’s more like throwing, but fun!
The person I was paired with was about a foot taller than me, so a little difficult from my perspective but I got the hang of it. I quite enjoyed being thrown around as well as the one doing the throwing!
Today, as you can imagine, I’m recovering from the session will full body aches and pains. The muscles in my entire body are just longing for a massage and an epsom salt bath (which is on my agenda)!
I’ve never known anything so intense, or anything that uses all of your muscles like wrestling. It’s absolutely insane! But, it’s opened my eyes, and shown me how unfit I am, and at the same time, shown me that I can do things I didn’t think I could.
You might think I’m mad, but I definitely want to do it again! It was such a fantastic experience, and I’d recommend it to absolutely anybody, even though my body feels like it’s taken a beating.
So, if you like wrestling, want to get fit or just have a go, I’d definitely recommend Dragon Pro Wrestling!