Inspiring Youth: Martin Dowey gets to grips with police champion Raffi

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Olympic wrestling is quite a distance away from the sparkle and flair of the WWE, but it is still a great sport to get involved in.

Raffi Aghanian is the area’s leading light, having collected a number of medals at national level in Police Championships.

Raffi Aghanian wrestles Martin Dowey to the floor.

Raffi Aghanian wrestles Martin Dowey to the floor.

So he was the perfect tutor for a novice, teaching me the basics of possibly one of the toughest sports in the Olympic Games.

It all boils down to three rounds of three minutes and during that time you are looking to grab success by pinning your opponent’s shoulder to the mat for just the one second.

Sounds easy, it isn’t because at the same time your opponent is doing his bit to try and win the contest.

There is no punching or arm-locks, it is purely about strength.

Martin Dowey and wrestler Raffi Aghanian

Martin Dowey and wrestler Raffi Aghanian

So if you are looking to build strength, improve tactics and hone your discipline, then this is the sport for you.

Raffi is keen to build up interest in wrestling in the Scarborough area because the nearest club is Dewsbury.

Anyone interested in trying their hand should meet him at Scarborough Judo Club on either Monday or Thursdays from 8pm.

Raffi said: “Back home in Armenia, wrestling is the biggest sport, everyone does it and that is how I got into it.

Martin Dowey and wrestler Raffi Aghanian

Martin Dowey and wrestler Raffi Aghanian

“It is a very physical and challenging sport.

“Wrestling is about working your opponent and getting the pin, so it is very tactical and it is great for building upper-body strength.”