Orange County Grappling (OCG) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our mission is to use our Wrestling, Judo & Academic programs combined with mentoring as vehicles for positive change, equipping mainstream, learning challenged, at-risk and under-served youth with the tools to overcome obstacles to education, confidence, self-respect, growth, fitness and personal success.
OCG was founded in 2014 under the official 501(c)3 non-profit organization Orange County Youth Sports Academy ("OCYSA"), which had already been in existence since 2009. OCG started when Gene Patino together with Joe "Gonzo" Gonzales, a Tbilisi Champ, three-time World Cup and five-time National Open Freestyle Wrestling champion both wanted to create a sustainable, positive youth wrestling experience for local HB youth. A club where kids could get a glimpse into the lifestyle of a wrestler and a full appreciation for the sport while developing to their potential regardless of their God-given talent, experience level or financial resources. Gene, due to his love of wrestling and his son's condition (Autism and ADHD) had a passion for helping kids with special needs and youth struggling with motor skill issues, self-respect, inclusion, acceptance and personal fulfillment. Joe had grown up in a blue collar family in the heart of Boyle Heights, knew what it was like to be poor and have few options or resources to spend on sports. Joe also knew intimately what it took to be truly great at the sport but that too many youth were "burned out" by youth programs that put ego and trophy-hunting before development and appreciation of the sport. From this and the support of local wrestling coaches in Huntington Beach who believed in the value of the sport, OCG became a non-partisan youth program that put the kids "first".
Fast forward to today. Wrestlers who've trained with OCG have attained college scholarships, placed in CIF, Masters and State. But the focus has always been on the whole human being, not the awards. This idea has now taken off with programs in both Huntington Beach and Santa Ana. Well over a hundred wrestling scholarships have been given to youth wrestlers and OCG is currently supported by the HBPCF (the Huntington Beach Police and Community Foundation purchased our wrestling mats for us) and the only you wrestling and judo program within the Huntington Beach Parks & Recreation's HB SANDS magazine offered to the whole of Huntington Beach, with full support from the city. OCG's Santa Ana youth program provides drastically reduced cost wrestling training. That program also serves support at-risk youth with mentoring and aims to increase school attendance and decrease gang activity by positively changing the trajectory of young lives.
WHY IT STARTED
All youth and teens have the right to be the architects of their own futures.
Technique beats strength, attitude beats everything.
Wrestling is a sport that transcends money, stats or win loss records, it develops the whole human being.
We can all be train harder, develop further, do more and compete at a higher level than we believe we can.
"technique beats strength,
ATTITUDE BEATS EVERYTHING."
Wrestling is mankind’s original sport. Long before the first Ancient Greek Olympics, had left it's imprint on our psyches. As soon as we could walk upright we have been wrestling each other to the ground for fun, camaraderie & competition. Cave drawings recording many of the same wrestling techniques still used today have been found dating back 5,000+ B.C.. Wrestling is a sport that shapes character, sharpens minds and develops both true confidence & humility. Where else can two competitors engage in a sport of "physical chess" employing intelligence, heart, balance, power, technique and strength without any expensive equipment? It's a fact that every known human culture boasts it's own indigenous style of wrestling. What other sport is so universal, so much a part of our DNA?