Building Young Champions, on and off the Mat


We are a wrestling club for youth grades K-8 from Mission Viejo, CA and surrounding areas.  Any youth elementary school or middle school is eligible.  We run one session, from November to February, mid-March through mid-May, and in July.

To be placed on our informational list serv, email us at

Click here for our parent handbook. It contains parent information and policies about our club and how it is run.

Big Kat Wrestling Mission Statement:

Our mantra is “The Capo standard: elite attitude and effort.” We train harder!

The is our Creed:

We are consistent.

We are mentally tough.

We are coachable.

We train harder, no matter who is watching.

We finish what we start.

We are faithful and loyal.

A Big Kat Wrestler is one who everywhere sets the standard, displaying elite consistency, elite mental toughness, elite coachability, elite work ethic, elite resilience, and elite faithfulness. He raises the bar wherever he steps.

The following quote from the book Musashi, about the master swordsman by that name, sums it up:

“I wouldn’t call Musashi ordinary. But he is. That’s what is extraordinary about him. He’s not content with relying upon whatever natural gifts he may have. Knowing he’s ordinary, he’s always trying to improve himself. No one appreciates the agonizing effort he’s had to make. Now that his years of training have yielded such spectacular results, everybody’s talking about his ‘God-given talent.’ That’s how men who don’t try very hard comfort themselves.”

As a result of our attitude and effort, those who see us will look at the results, shake their heads, and ask, “how do they do it?”

In other words, habit—through attitude and effort—is paramount. Talent makes a difference, but it is not under our control.  Attitude and effort is—and hard work (attitude and effort) beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

Wrestling is one of the greatest crucibles through which to learn successful life habits.  Through the participation in wrestling, athletes learn solid work habits which prepare them for the challenges of life. They learn how to adjust to success and failure, pressure and stress, how to overcome and persevere, how to deal with discomfort, and how to work hard…and they have a lot of fun along the way! Their progression from the learning and application of new techniques in guided programs of practice and competition provide the cognitive, physical and emotional training that helps to develop the courage, resilience, and positive attitude they will need as an adult.

Our vision is that both winning and character are important and inseparable, and both require hard work, more work than most think they must put in. Being good is having fun. Being skilled brings meaning to the task. Being good and skilled takes a prolonged and consistent effort, and requires resilience to overcome the many challenges along the way. In addition, when it comes to winning and character, there is an order of priority: if a wrestler and his/her adult support system focus on the pillars outlined above, the winning will take care of itself, and everyone involved—the wrestler and adults— should see benefits off the mat in terms of greater maturity, responsibility, and a better outlook on life.

Why Wrestling?

To put it simply, because wrestling is the toughest sport, and wrestlers are the toughest athletes. Wrestling instills the ability to overcome, to be resilient, to keep going. These things are sorely needed in school, in relationships, in employment, as sons/daughters, husbands/wives, and as fathers/mothers.

It is:

  • Exciting
  • Fun
  • Competing against athletes your own size
  • 1 on 1 combat
  • A place to belong
  • Challenging
  • The chance to excel, stand out, and accomplish something


2 responses

  1. Laina Gali

    I have a first grader who may need to focus his energy into something like wrestling. We are in Ladera Ranch. I think this may be the closest wrestling club available to us. I would like any info.

    Thank you,
    Laina Gali

    July 26, 2016 at 12:30 am

    • Hi Laina, you will be able to access our info by clicking on the “Session information” tab at the top. If you have any other questions after that, don’t hesitate to email us at

      July 27, 2016 at 10:43 pm

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