The Myrmidons (MUR-MAH- DUNS) were a faction of elite soldiers from ancient Greek mythology. They were fearless and extremely capable warriors as depicted in Homer's Iliad and proudly followed Achilles into battle. Their name in Classical Greek was interpreted as "ant-people,” whereas they were a collective that focused and worked together for single cause. They took orders without question, and were revered by all ancient cultures for their skill and prowess and the battlefield. In short, these were the heroes to the heroes.
So too is the mission of our wrestling club. Much like early Greek culture we plan to build the best human beings and wrestlers through the master of Mind (Nous), Body (Soma), and Soul (Psuche). Mind is the ability to use techniques and philosophy to out think your opponent and defeat him in a mental game. Wrestling can be like a chess match. Body is strength and conditioning that allows us to physically dominate our opponents. So wrestling can be blunt force trauma. And Soul is an “X-factor”; the certain drive and willpower needed to encompass our work ethic into a weapon. Wrestling can also be drive. It is these basal concepts which equips our wrestlers to be well rounded, and thus, highly effective on and off the mat.
But our philosophy does not stop there with the Greeks. We draw heavily from various values from all over the world and from different background. Whether it is war treatise of “Bushido” from Sun Tzu Art of War or Yamamoto Tsunetomo’s Hagakure to even Victorian poetry like William Ernest Henley Invictus, much of the world can be our teachers. Paired with techniques and ideology from today’s greatest wrestling minds like that of Cary Kolat or Dan Gable, our club has become full of enlightened warriors ready to plunge head first into high level competition. And in this way we will always be learning and evolving our wrestling to compete and eventually dominate the world of wrestling.
The school itself was created differently than most. We are the only year round Freestyle and Greco Roman wrestling club in West Michigan. This was not created as a money making attempt or a means to stroke egos. It is, and will always be, a bastion for the future of American success in international wrestling competitions. The coaches felt that there was a void being created in the sport. Whether it is the rise of folkstyle opportunities, the spreading of alternative sports like mixed martial arts, or even a general sense of lethargy in people today, the fact remained that Freestyle and Greco Roman wrestling is going extinct. If not us to continue, then who? This is not a threat to us, but a challenge that we feel passionate about succeeding in. Of course we spend a great time learning techniques for folkstyle, beach wrestling, judo and even sambo (however we do not show join manipulation or choke holds. Those are reserved for our ju-jitsu and MMA classes). Our students consist of new wrestlers learning the basics, high school and college fine tuning their abilities, or senior and veteran level athletes continuing their dreams. From middle schoolers to mixed martial artist, everyone can get a great work out on our mats.
The gym itself is not meant to make money, but we do take small dues to keep our doors open and the heat on. We find that this makes it a great opportunity for wrestlers who can’t afford expensive private lessons or exclusive summer camps an opportunity to learn and grow with those who can. We hope that you, along with the rest of the Myrmidons, are willing to work to pay back a sport that has given us all a purpose. How much are we willing to sacrifice for a brave new world? Will it be our minds, our bodies, or our souls? Perhaps all three. The lessons we learn daily from wrestling will only make us stronger. Help us turn hope into our dreams, our dreams into goals, and our goals into reality.
Myrmidon is committed to provide education, training, and counseling for deeply committed athletes on and off of the wrestling mat. We are the new standard in wrestling and combative sports.
Myrmidon wants to usher in a new era of athletes that lead the charge in wrestling and combative sports. We also envision our ethos and philosophy extending to the board room and the household as well, We want not just a West Michigan with a stronger wrestler's mentality, but an entire world.
Our goal at Myrmidon Training Systems is for our athletes to become at least 1% better every single day, whether that be in mind, body, or soul. Better people make better wrestlers.
There are many kids out there with the talent and support needed to win at the national and international stage, but not the monetary backing. That is why Myrmidon is proud to announce the David “Krunch” Kruszynski Fund. Through the year, we will be providing various fund raising opportunities (that will be detailed on our Facebook page).All proceeds will go directly to the Fund. Now current students that qualify for a national team or specialized camp will receive a grant from Myrmidon to help cover the costs and expenses. It may not be much, but it is a little burden off the shoulders of our athletes. Our hope that we all can find some way to sacrifice a little for a lot.
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Everyone has personal goals that they would do anything to meet. Myrmidon wants to provide the vehicle for you to drive to your own personal goals. Several of our wrestlers started in the youth program and have ended up wrestling for a university. Some have even competed for a world title. Whether it is college or the Olympic training center, dreams require goal setting. After filling out the Recruitment Questionnaire, contact Coach Lancaster to help with the process.