School of Hard Knocks

The AWA has officially opened its doors to you! We are welcoming all those that have aspired to physical greatness. Whether your darkest, deepest desires have been to be moulded as a high-flying, hip-tossing wrestler, or something more conventional such as a top-performing rugby player, gymnast or bodybuilder, the AWA School of Hard Knocks delivers the knowledge gained from over 25 years of experience. Bookkeepers, librarians, meat packers or train drivers, we don’t discriminate. If you’re just a regular guy or girl, don’t hesitate to contact us so that together we can make your dreams come true at the AWA School of Hard Knocks!


Here are answers to some questions we are frequently asked about training:

  • Is the school open?
    The school is open! If you are interested in trying out, please contact JP or Shaun for more information (their numbers are below).
  • Where is the School of Hard Knocks?
    Jan Burger Sports Complex (behind the Parow Swimming Pools), Parow North (Off McIntyre Street) in Cape Town.
  • When is training?
    Every Tuesday & Thursday evening from 17:45 – 20:00.
  • I'm not very fit at the moment... Will you whip me into shape or should I build up my fitness first?
    We welcome all fitness levels, and we will get you wrestling fit!
  • Do you have a beginners group or do I just join and learn on the fly?
    Everyone starts at the beginning and works their way up.
  • Who can wrestle?
    Everyone is welcome! Men & women from the age of 18 upwards.
  • I'm under 18 but really want to train, what can I do?
    We'd recommend you build a solid foundation by joining an amateur wrestling club, such as the Goodwood Wrestling Club.
  • I have a question that isn't listed here, who can I contact?
    If you have any further questions regarding training, you are welcome to contact JP (061 545 9724) or Shaun (082 456 0792).

We look forward to seeing you on the mat!