Announcement: Passion First Wrestling Academy is on a temporary break as we transition into our new facility. We plan to resume our regular, year-round practice schedule in October 2019.

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Developing the Passion First

Passion First Wrestling Academy is year-round beginners program in Omaha, NE.

This program is specifically designed for any and all kids who are interested in exploring the martial art of wrestling.  Passion First Wrestling Academy is mandatory for our beginning wrestlers and highly recommended for wrestlers with 1 year or less experience.

Our system is designed to give each young athlete a fun and positive experience with wrestling. Athletes will move through a progression-based curriculum - focused on FUN, character development, health education and fitness - through wrestling.


Learn wrestling anytime of year that fits your schedule.

boys & girls - Kdg - 8th grade
sign-up anytime
no season long commitment
pay month to month
begin, freeze, discontinue or rejoin anytime of year



Athletes will progress through Passion First Wrestling Academy based off of the testing criteria set forth for their current achievement level.  As athletes advance through the program, they will receive a new shirt color to represent their current progress level.  

Testing occurs the last practice of each month at 7:25pm in the Wrestling Room. Wrestlers will receive a card the week prior notifying them when they are ready to test.



Passion First Wrestling Academy has organized a very specific curriculum, broken down into three achievement (shirt) levels. Each level will contain lessons and training divided into four categories for testing. 

Cognitive:  Character, Health, Wrestling 101 

Fitness Skills:  tumbling, balance, agility
Strength & Explosion:  power, core strength

Wrestling Technique: fundamentals, set-ups, attacks, counter attacks, mat wrestling (referees position) 

Wrestling With Character and their Passion First program has been a blessing for our boys. The coaches show enthusiasm, knowledge, and a passion for wrestling.

My boys are so excited to go each week, and we enjoy watching them learn and progress. Super happy to have found this club!!
— Summer Hospodka | Gretna, NE
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I am a huge fan of Wrestling With Character! I have two sons who have completed the Passion First program and participated in the Wildcat Wrestling Club.

The coaches are excellent and care a lot about the kids. Coach Murphy is an extraordinary coach. He has spent more time and effort than any other coach my boys have had in any other sport. He is teaching them to be good wrestlers and also to be good people and have good character.

I am very grateful my boys get to be a part of this outstanding organization!
— Stacy McAllister | Elkhorn, NE

Passion First Wrestling Academy Practice Information

Year-round Youth Wrestling

New practice schedule and location coming soon!

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Our Approach to Youth Wrestling

Focused on the Process

Wrestling is a fun and rewarding sport!  Unfortunately, too many young athletes do not get the proper opportunity to experience this valuable martial art for a variety of reasons.

For the majority of kids that try and quit wrestling, the reason why is simple…they were not having fun.

Passion First Wrestling Academy is committed to changing the culture of youth wrestling by allowing kids to progress, learn, and compete in a positive, controlled environment.

Our mission is to give each athlete in our program a fun and rewarding experience.  We strive to nurture and develop kids of outstanding personal character while we help them reach their wrestling goals.


Practice and Testing

All practices held at:
Wrestling With Character -

17927 Pierce Plaza Omaha NE 68130

Passion First Wrestling Academy athletes will practice once a week. Families can choose to participate on either Wednesday evenings or Saturday mornings.

Wednesday 5:45pm - 6:45pm

Saturday 10am - 11am

Wrestling shoes are required.  Water bottle is recommended. Head gear and/or mouth guard are optional.

Program Advancement
Advancement Testing will typically be conducted after the last practice of the month.

Athletes and parents will be notified the week prior if selected for testing.
Athletes will receive specific testing criteria to practice and study at home for each achievement level.

Program or level completion times will vary depending on several factors including age, maturity, athletic ability, attendance, and behavior. 

$60/month ($40/month for additional siblings)

program shirts and handbook binder are included for free

A current AAU or USA Wrestling Membership is required for participation.

PFWA welcomes all boys and girls, Kdg through 5th grade.
Our FUNdamentals Athletic Academy is designed for Pre-K athletes.



Our curriculum for teaching and evaluating is broken down into four areas of focus:

1. Cognitive (learning) - Athletes will be required to develop a baseline knowledge of wrestling terminology, rules, and strategies.  In addition, we will introduce several general health concepts including our core CHARACTERistics curriculum.

2. Fitness Skills - Athletes will learn and demonstrate proper technique on a variety of base level tumbling, cardio and flexibility drills.

Examples: cart wheels, bear crawls, hand-stands

3. Strength and Explosion - Athletes will perform several exercises focusing on physical strength, muscle endurance and explosive movements.  

Example: of a progression:
White shirt - squat jump
Orange shirt - push-up
Green shirt - burpee

4. Wrestling Technique - We will set our athletes up for success by breaking down and teaching essential, fundamental wrestling skills.  Our kids have the opportunity to learn at a controlled pace, according to their individual readiness.  Athletes will learn and perform new wrestling techniques in a progression that builds upon each previous level.

Technique Examples: 
7 basic skills of wrestling
top/bottom/neutral positions
attacks and defense - all positions



Learn wrestling anytime of year that fits your schedule. 

boys & girls - Kdg - 5th grade
sign-up anytime
no season long commitment
pay month to month
begin, freeze, discontinue or rejoin anytime of year


Passion First Wrestling Academy practice:

Wednesday 5:45pm - 6:45pm


Saturday 10am - 11am