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IWF Wrestling Training School, Woodland Park, NJ
Training in a Friendly & Safe Environment Since 1999
"Kevin Knight does a great job of training future stars of sports-entertainment. To make it
in professional wrestling today is tough because there are no more minor leagues...this is why what Kevin does is the future
of the sport. Kevin has the best facility and methods for training I have seen...I wish I had this when I started."
- Former WWE Champion John Bradshaw Layfield
“If you want the best school to become a professional wrestler, it’s all about the IWF. From learning how
to wrestle, from learning how to do interviews. There have been many wrestlers who have had the door opened for them in the
WWE, why, because they know what they are doing in the IWF. They give you the time and the training that you need. The number
1 school is the IWF, and I am a part of the IWF. I guarantee you, the students do learn.” - WWE
Hall of Famer Tito Santana
"As IWF School enters its 10th year, they continue to provide top-notch training necessary to become a
successful professional wrestler. Desire comes from the heart and Kevin Knight is passionate about making sure these
students are aware of the dedication you must possess…both mentally and physically…to work hard every day to
improve in the ring as a performer." - WWE Legend Honky Tonk Man
"IWF impresses me in many ways. Kevin Knight and everyone involved are constantly looking for ways to
improve and help their students be the best. I enjoy doing clinics at IWF because I know the students are hungry and
looking to better themselves. Kevin has taught these students the respect for the business and this is why I would recommend
his people for extras and training partners for WWE Superstars." - WWE
Trainer Dr. Tom Prichard
"I've traveled all over the world countless times. I've been in every gymnasium and wrestling school...I've
been everywhere. But now, I find the IWF and their training facility. Bar none, this is the finest training facility
and wrestling camp that I have ever come across. I have attached myself to the Independent Wrestling Federation, to
this facility, and to Kevin Knight, and I will make sure that we produce nothing but champions!" - WWE
Legend Young Stallion Jim Powers "Just wrestled for IWF in West Paterson, NJ, with old ring rival, now amigo, Tom Prichard, and had a great
time. Anyone interested in becoming a wrestler in the area, this is the company. They have a great training facility and Tom
Prichard, WWE head trainer at FCW in Tampa, frequents the school and does clinics. Check it out mates! The greatest
training camp in the world." - WWE Legend Bushwhacker Luke
About IWF School: Aspiring
wrestlers ready to rumble into sports-entertainment and be a WWE Raw, SmackDown or TNA superstar can fulfill
their dream. IWF School at Woodland Park, NJ, in our 14th year, offers first-rate instruction in a friendly and safe environment.
Established in 1999, we train hundreds of wrestlers and managers from 20 states and 9 countries that perform in bouts worldwide.
31 home-grown talents worked
for WWE, with 11 receiving employment. Darren Young signed with WWE in 2009. Fady The Bull signed with WWE in 2010. Robbie E signed with TNA in 2010. Flex Freeman signed with WWE in 2011. Referees Shawn Bennett and Danny E signed in 2013. Rich Ross supervises WWE programs
on USA & NBC Universal since 2008. WWE Superstar Vladimir Kozlov trained at IWF in 2002. WWE
Diva Dawn Marie trained at IWF and had her first-ever match with us in 2001. 17-year pro Kevin Knight worked for major groups including WWE, wrestling against countless Legends since 1996. He has experience
in all aspects of entertainment and combines his knowledge into formulating a successful strategy for success.
Graduates wrestled on Raw, SmackDown, NXT, Heat, Velocity, Impact and appeared in WWE TV commercials, Undertaker
druids in WrestleMania XX and more. Former tag champion Marc Verow worked for UFC staff.
Damian Adams and Josh Daniels wrestled for TNA.
Graduates network within the entertainment business appearing in TV shows and commercials. Former referee Kev Kage starred as Rangers hockey mascot “Bobby Granger” on MSG Network, and now works with WWE Creative
Services. Travis Blake, Aaron Stride, Justin Corino and Shawn
Bennett appeared on Nickelodeon WACK and Danny Phantom Ultimate Enemy. Classes
& Application: We offer wrestler, referee,
manager and diva training, whether its your hobby or a career. Classes cover basic holds, high-flying maneuvers, character
development, interview skills, and tape studies to evaluate progress so you reach maximum potential. We assist in making
connections, and trainees display skills at Events.
School open to men and women 18 and up in excellent health,
preferably with a sports background. Course length is approximately 8 months, and qualified students can earn a spot
on events after 4 months. For ages 16 and 17, you may qualify if you play a high school sport. Doctor’s
note is required stating you are cleared for athletics prior to participation.
class schedule or to submit an application, visit the Class Info and Application Page. For prospects interested in
visiting, please attend an Event to see the facility and watch our students/graduates.
You Know? Since 1999, students from 20 states trained with IWF from Alabama, California, Connecticut,
Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North
Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Students traveled from 9 countries, including Canada, England,
Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Puerto Rico and USA.