Technique Talk: Meet Jimmy Sparks

We take to the mat this week with Jimmy Sparks from Melbourne’s newest DGS sporting group, The Melbourne Wranglers Wrestling Club.

Let’s get to know Jimmy and find out more about the Wranglers and the worlds oldest sport.

How did you become involved with the Wranglers?

“I saw a friend’s post on Facebook that the Melbourne Wranglers were starting up a club and offering free training sessions. I didn’t have much interest but my mate wanted to go, so I went along as support and observed.

The guys seemed super friendly and seemed to be having a lot fun during the training session. I heard at the end of the session they were going to be holding another session the following weekend and I had been looking for a new way to make friends since coming of shift work and having a lot more free time. I decided to give it ago that following weekend and I was openly welcomed by a great bunch of people and had a blast.

Im sort of hooked now and have made some awesome new mates

What is your personal aim this season?

“The main aim for me at the moment is to have fun and make friends while I get fit. But I also want to learn and grow my wrestling technique and skills. I don’t think i’ll be ready to compete any time soon, but its early days and i’m having a great time working up to it.”

What is your favourite position on the mat?

“So far my favourite position just seems to be the wrestling stance. Im not sure why but there is something about being in the crouched over position ready to engage your opponent that makes me feel alive and alert, ready to see what strategies they are going to come at you with.”

What training drill do you dread the most?

“I guess the drill I dread the most is the tumbles during the warm up. I get dizzy easily, which makes me feel sick and laugh my head off at the same time. We all love and hate the warm up, we don’t expect each other to be able to do everything yet. But everyone supports each other to have a crack at it no matter how silly we might look during out first attempt.”

What has been your biggest achievement with the Wranglers?

“We have an awesome Olympic level wrestler as our coach and even though he was going easy on us, it felt really good to last a over 30 seconds on the mat against him. A lot of it for me is just personal growth at the moment, getting in there and having ago. In my eyes is a huge achievement.

Why would you suggest people get involved with the Wranglers?

“If you’re looking for a team of awesome, friendly people that are going to support you and make you feel welcome while you learn to wrestle, I think this is the perfect place for you!

Though the club is only a month old we are lucky enough to have a great coach in Connor Evans, an Olympic wrestler. We even had legendary wrestler and UFC coach Kenny Johnson host a class during his time in Melbourne for the Holmes VS. Rousey fight. Both are amazing guys with a lot of knowledge and willingness to help us learn and support the Wrangler’s values of inclusion and equality.

Even though I am left a bit stiff and sore the next day, I always look forward to training the next week and couldn’t think of a better group of people to be around.


If you would like more information on the Melbourne Wranglers you can contact them from their Team Melbourne club page.

For more stories like Jimmy’s check out the Team Melbourne news feed and feel the passion members have for their clubs and teams.

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