Skill Development and Personal Growth
J Robinson Intensive Wrestling Camps offer a comprehensive approach to wrestling training, personal maturation, and life skills development. When your son or daughter comes to camp, they will be challenged with a unique experience that tests them as an athlete and as a person. We focus on technical skill development, strategy, physical training, and mental toughness. Our teaching philosophy is guided by what we call The J7—Discipline, Dedication, Sacrifice, Hard Work, Responsibility, Accountability, and Service. Your athlete will gain a deeper understanding of what it takes to be physically and mentally prepared, and what it means to work hard and practice hard. The lessons they retain will change their lives not just in wrestling, but in everything that they do.
In 2016, 124 former J Robinson campers became State Champions and another 370 became State Placewinners. Countless more achieved their goals of making state, getting to regionals, or simply improving on their record from the year before. Since 2010, 5 of our graduates have won NCAA Division I National Championships. J's history as a United States Olympian and Army Ranger inspired the rigorous, intense training regimen that pushes athletes to their physical and mental limits, and teaches them how to perform once they've hit the wall. They'll leave camp tougher, stronger, more disciplined, and more determined than ever to win.
Parents and coaches are welcome to visit at any time. Since we began our camps in 1978, parents and coaches have always been allowed to watch each and every practice.
To request a mailed Parents Guide brochure, please click here. You can also view the Parents Guide brochure online.
In 2012 and 2013, the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports at Michigan State University studied the J Robinson Intensive Wrestling Camp model, concluding that the camp helped to foster not only athletic improvement, but also psychological growth and development in young athletes. You can learn more about the study's findings below or view it in its entirety by clicking here.
A Proven System
In a study conducted by the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports at Michigan State University, researchers concluded that the J Robinson Intensive Camp model was “highly effective at enhancing the psychological development of the participants.” Camp athletes were analyzed on a psychological skills questionnaire, observed at camp, and assessed in three interviews at the beginning of camp, one week after camp, and at the conclusion of the camper’s wrestling season (9 months after camp).
What Did The Study Find?
The study found that the campers demonstrated significant psychological maturation both immediately (post-camp) and long-term (post-wrestling season) in the following areas:
PEAKING UNDER PRESSURE
COPING WITH ADVERSITY
ACHIEVEMENT, MOTIVATION AND CONFIDENCE
Additionally, the study concluded that "the challenging stressful environment was critical in facilitating these changes."
What Does This Mean?
OUR TRAINING MODEL WORKS.
We not only create better athletes, but better individuals. J Robinson Intensive Camps has been changing lives for 36 years and counting—and the research proves it.
A Letter to the Athletes From Our Founder, J Robinson
There are other wrestling camps out there. The difference is, the Intensive Camp is more than simply a wrestling camp. I promise if you do what’s required, this experience will change your life. I guarantee it. What you need to break through all the barriers is an experience that gives you three important things:
J Rob Intensive Camps eliminate all distractions for 10, 14 or 28 days. No family. No school. No social outings. This extreme immersion changes how you view your limitations. You surrender yourself to a highly concentrated and very structured environment that requires you each and every day to consistently do more. You’re stretched to your limits daily. And as a result, you realize that you’re capable of so much more than you ever thought possible.
A lot of coaches and athletes think that attending a J Rob camp is only about getting in great shape and gaining technical knowledge and skills. Nothing could be further from the truth. I constantly hear people remark, “You go to camp and get in great shape, but you can’t use it for 5 months.” Camp isn’t just about physical training; it’s about extending your boundaries mentally, which is the real key to success.
The more intense the experience, the more you learn and the longer you will retain it. When a camper leaves my camp, they bring something home with them that allows them to be not just better wrestlers, but better leaders, students, sons, daughters and citizens. J Rob camps instill new skills in multiple areas of life. Camp is about developing wrestling and life skills, and that requires time, attitude, effort and, above all, intensity.