Have you ever asked yourself:

  • “Why do some wrestlers improve much faster than others – what are they doing that my son should be doing?”
  • “How can I make wrestling more fun – so that my son will stay with this tough sport and reach his full potential?”
  • “What techniques, training methods, and though patterns should my wrestler be working on for his age?”
  • “What do the fathers of the most successful wrestlers is history know … that I should know to help my son?”

Hi, I’m Joe Paun.  I was a good wrestler in high school and also wrestled in college.  Looking back, I realize how much my Dad influenced my wrestling career.

My Dad was a blue collar guy.  He started ironworking after the Navy and continued until he passed away from cancer back in 2002.  He had 4 kids and worked hard to support his family.  He didn’t miss work …. ever.

Here’s my Dad


(He was the guy giving the wedgie … haha)

Then we started wrestling in high school.  Now … work was secondary.  He lived to watch my older brother John and I scrap on the mat.    He never wrestled himself but you would have never known it.  He was a gymnast in high school – a ring specialist.  Even having not wrestled, he could still kick our butts until college.

Now I have a 5 year old son – Joseph “Jr”.  I often think back to the time we spent together during our wrestling trips.  I hope to make the same memories my Dad and I had … but I want more.

Jr and I

(My son and I … working on his staredown)

A wrestling coach recently told me a story of a father who raised an awesome wrestler.  This kid ended up taking 2nd in state and after his last match turned and looked at his father and said:

“I hope your happy … because I’m done wrestling.”

I hope this never happens with my son … or yours.  Wrestling has too much to offer.

So why should you follow me?

Great question.  I am committed to finding out how the best have done it.  I want my son to love the sport of wrestling, and have all of the tools to reach his highest potential.

While I was a good wrestler … I was (and still am) a great student.  On top of that, I have a rock solid background in kinesiology (B.S.)- (the study of human movement), human biology (B.S.), chemistry (minor), human nutrition (M.S.), and I am a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine (D.C.)  I also  am a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Medical Examiner (ME).  I graduated from The University of Illinois as a Bronze Tablet Scholar – which means I graduated in the top 3% of my class and at least a 3.5GPA (I had a 3.95).  I also wrestled during this time.

I list these not to impress you (who cares right?), but for you to see I’m well studied in the human body, training, and health/fitness.  I want to put this knowledge to use for my son, for your son, and for the sport of wrestling.

My goal with this website is simple.

Lets Raise Wrestlers Who Win – On the Mat and Off.

Please let me know what you think and tell me about your wrester.  What are your problems or questions?  What is your wrestler struggling with – that we (you and I – the “wrestling dads”) can help him with?

If you like what you hear … then sign up for my email list.

I promise you won’t regret it.

-Joseph Paun, MS, DC, CSCS