Nick “Chewy” Albin Reveals How He Started Wrestling: “My First Day Was Brutal”

Nick “Chewy” Albin Reveals How He Started Wrestling: “My First Day Was Brutal”

Nick “Chewy” Albin is one of the most popular BJJ personalities all over the world and a true “Jiu-Jitsu on YouTube” scene pioneer.

However, not many people know that Chewy had trained wrestling before he started Jiu-Jitsu.
And even that is a fun story, of how he began wrestling.

He revealed it in an interview with BJJEE:

In high school I lifted weights and played “American” football. I have got to make sure I note that since you’re not from the United States.
And towards the end of my first football season, several of the guys started talking about wrestling.

It was funny. Our football team was terrible. We lost every game. That said, I still enjoyed being on the team.
And even if we sucked, at least we sucked together.

I think many of us seek that group belonging as teenage boys, as we would have had in a more tribal culture.

So, Chewy initially began wrestling because he still wanted to feel as a part of the group:

And I did wrestling because it sounded interesting, I felt drawn to it for some reason.
But largely it was because I wanted to continue being a part of the group. I didn’t want to go back to being a “normal kid” in school again.

Also, I was always a strong kid. So the sports gave me a connection to others and an outlet for that strength.

And from there I fell in love with grappling.


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