show their interest as well so I show them the technique over again so they know how to do it. I tell them all perhaps my most important advice and that is to only use your new knowledge for good and not to start scuffles in a public park. The other boys in the group ask me how I know so much and I tell them that if they want to know more they should join the youth wrestling club that the high school has and that I will be coaching them if they decide to come in for lessons. The boys actually seem to be excited to learn what I know and the humbled D.J. even thanks me for the lesson and that he was interested in wrestling for a long time. I tell him that coming in to train is a perfect way to outlet his energy and that there will be other kids his size to train with. As I walk away the father of the young boy comes up to me and thanks me for how I handled the situation. He said that in the distance he thought I was another middle school kid ironically. Other than being compared to a middle school age kid I am pretty happy at how well the situation got handled. I got to talk to D.J. like his parents asked me to and he got humbled for the first time since growing so much. In addition I might have some more new, young, energetic kids who can be introduced to the world of wrestling that I love to coach so much. When I coach I have a sincere feeling of fulfillment because I get to show off the skills that made me successful in my sport to a younger generation. This in turn makes them more humble and uses their energy in a more positive way rather than having them take it out on others in a public park. I hope that they all come out to train with the rest of my fellow wrestlers someday and have the opportunity to enjoy the same great sport that helped make me the man that I am today.
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