Kansas City Area Takedown Machine Summer Camps
16th Annual – 2018 Kansas City Area Summer Takedown Machine Scoring Camp
“My son has worked with Tony for several years on a weekly basis. Each time he attends the Takedown Machine Camp, he comes back more refined and with improved technique. You can’t beat the hundreds if not thousands of reps that they get drilling during this week. It is the best money I spend each summer to help my son improve.” — Eric C.
Why This Camp:
Est. in 1999
This camp will have 40-50 dedicated wrestlers, not 300.
At the Kansas City Takedown Machine summer wrestling camp, we cover an efficient scoring system and will not have a different clinician teaching his best stuff every session. Though it’s nice for the kids to get autographs and meet the newest top wrestlers, this format does not allow the kids to ‘train’ while at camp. By training I mean explosive drill sessions — working to memorize what was taught and working to make the new skills second nature.
What we cover on Day 1 will also be covered on Day 5. This is a drill camp, and the evening session will be an intense drill session reviewing everything taught from the previous sessions and days. THIS is how kids learn — through repetitions. My camps are successful and draw many repeat customers because my format has a focus on “learning” wrestling, and not being “shown” wrestling.
I encourage all the parents to watch the last session of the camp, which will be a hard drill session of what was covered at the camp. Parents should be impressed with what their kids are able to do, and this will show parents whether we did our jobs. I know of NO CAMP in the country that encourages parents to view the last session so they can see what their wrestler learned after the five-day summer wrestling camp.
“If you’ve picked up one or two things from camp, then it was worth it.” This is a common phrase in wrestling regarding camps. To me, if your son/daughter only remembers 1-2 things from a camp, then you should ask for your money back.
Who is able to attend:
This camp benefits youth and high school wrestlers of all skill levels. Kids that struggle technically will benefit more from this camp format as opposed to a large university camp in which the clinicians go extremely fast and cover tons of techniques briefly without ever allowing the kids to continually drill the new skills through the week.
What about good wrestlers, those who are already successful? Like I tell my kids; Jordan Burroughs wins Olympic and world titles with a double leg, and don’t you know a double? They say yes, and I say, “How many of you can win a state title or national title with your double, your single, etc.?” Bottom line: we as wrestlers and coaches have to focus on shoot and score/block and defend wrestling. We have to get the kids confident enough to attack their toughest opponent, and not only display confidence when they are in a mismatch.
What is covered:
- Core attacks
- Secondary attacks, such as ducks, trips, ankle picks, controlled ties.
- Front headlock
- Set ups from common positions and ties
If you watch college wrestling, you will notice that they get into the SAME POSITIONS as youth wrestlers. They get into the same ties (collar ties, inside, elbows, wrists), same shots, same defensive positions, etc. Tony Purler was on 2 U.S. world teams and coached Division I wrestling for nine years. And even at those levels the coaches focus on positions that ALL wrestlers find themselves in. This camp will be the same, as are all of my summer wrestling camps.
I hope you gained some insight in to my camp philosophy, and like what you have read. I do my best to get the kids to remember what was covered, and to give them a scoring routine from all the positions they (and all wrestlers) constantly find themselves in. If you cut away the ‘clutter’ of random moves and techniques, and just focus on common positions, it’s much easier to become a great, confident, and consistent wrestler. And this Kansas City area summer wrestling camp hopes to help your wrestler with just that. Sign up today to become a Takedown Machine.
Takedown Machine Scoring Camp:
- What: An overnight summer wrestling camp which runs from Sunday-Thursday for ages 9-18 (for 8 year olds, please call first)
- Camp dates: Camp Complete
- Where: Tony’s Home Training Center
- 7710 SE Moore Dr. Holt, MO 64048
- Just 30 minutes north of Downtown Kansas City
- Approximately 45 minutes from the Kansas City International Airport – airport pick up/drop off available for a nominal fee
- Cost: $450 per week by check, or $465 per week via Paypal
- Sleeping accommodations and meals are included in the camp fee
Typical Daily Schedule
- 7:15 a.m.: Wake up
- 8:00 a.m.: Breakfast
- 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Technique
- Noon: Lunch
- 2:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.: Technique and drilling
- 5:00 p.m.: Supper
- 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.: Technique and drilling
- 10:00 p.m.: Movie
- 11:30 p.m.: Lights out, sleep and prepare for next day
(We will train a total of 25 hours at this camp.)
Sunday between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Please do not show up prior to 5:30 p.m. Parents are to drop off their wrestler and depart prior to the start of the 7 p.m. evening session. Unfortunately, we have NO ROOM to accommodate parents, video cameras, etc. So please expect to drop off your wrestler and quickly depart and enjoy your break as well!
Thursday at Noon. The final two session will run from 9:00-11:30 a.m. Parents are free to show up at 9:00 a.m. to view the last practice.
Tony’s thoughts on the Takedown Machine Scoring Camp
I’ve done the Kansas City-area Takedown Machine Scoring Camp for 15 years. It’s a high-repetition drill camp with a focus on the fundamentals. There is nothing flashy about the camp technically, however the kids will get great at the core skills required in the sport and they will remember them. Everything that we worked on the first session will be worked on during the last session. Most camps have clinicians teach sessions at camps, and once that clinician is done showing his techniques the kids never re-drill the new taught skills. None of us learn well this way, especially kids.
Therefore, I only run technique camps that cover a scoring system so the kids will have a ‘routine’ of what to do from the common areas they find themselves in during every match. Whether a wrestler finds himself in a good position or a bad one, he still needs to know how to build position and wrestle out of it. Watch college wrestling and you will see that they get into the same positions as youth and high school wrestlers, only the college wrestlers are more knowledgeable at wrestling, recovering, and scoring from these very common areas.
This is what the Takedown Machine Scoring Camp is all about and why people speak so highly of it. After attending the Takedown Machine summer wrestling camp, wrestlers will become fundamentally sound in the core positions they find themselves in during every match. By only focusing on this aspect of the sport, and not showing a ton of moves that they rarely need, the drill time is freed up to turn the later sessions into a training environment where the kids are hitting explosive reps, as opposed to being circled up around me learning new moves every session.
I get a lot of questions about which wrestling camp would be the most beneficial for their wrestler. I hope this explanation helps make your decision a clear one. My business focus has always been on creating repeat customers and positive word of mouth. I get a lot of both due to how I operate my camps. Your wrestler will learn and retain a lot from my approach to training, which is what parents and wrestlers want when committing to a camp. Please contact me with any questions at 816-304-0313 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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