Midwest Center For Movement Wrestling Program

The Midwest Center for Movement is excited to add wrestling classes to our BJJ program-

Taught by National Champion Eric Goodman!

–Life is hard.  Wrestling prepares you for the challenge.

It’s a fact of life.  Adversity is guaranteed.  It’s how we respond to these challenges that makes the difference.  Wrestling instils the values of courage, hard work, discipline, perseverance and humility. It forges character that lasts a lifetime and trains people to triumph over trials.  This is the promise that wrestling delivers to our next generation.

Foundational: Wrestling gives our youth the tools necessary to reach their full potential – physical fitness, healthy nutrition habits, mental toughness, and character that lasts a lifetime.

Inclusive: Wrestling is a sport with many faces. No matter your size, shape, gender, capabilities or socio-economic status, wrestling opens the door for all youth to flourish in sports and in life.

Global: Wrestling provides opportunities for cultural exchange, allowing us to share our values and connect with the global community.


About the Instructor:

Eric Goodman started wrestling at the age of 6. He began coaching in junior high for the Oakes Pee Wee Wrestling Team in Oakes, North Dakota. In college, he was an assistant coach for the St. John’s Wrestling Summer Camp. After finishing his undergraduate studies, he coached at Gibbs High School and Lakewood High School in St. Petersburg, Florida, as an AmeriCorps member. Goodman also coached Greco and freestyle with Team Pursuit in Florida. Most recently, he has worked as a volunteer assistant with Johnson High School in St. Paul, Minnesota.

As a competitor, Eric has had success at many levels. In seventh grade, he won the de facto North Dakota Junior High Folkstyle State Tournament. He was also a three-time High School State Qualifier in North Dakota. His senior year, he won four matches in one day to take third place in the North Dakota State High School Wrestling Tournament. He was also a four-time (twice in Greco and twice in freestyle) member of the North Dakota Junior National Team along with being a member of the North Dakota Greco and freestyle National Duals Team after his senior year.

Eric continued to wrestle in college. In fact, he wrestled in college twice, once as a 19 and 20 year-old member of the NCAA Division III wrestling team at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, and once as a middle-aged member of the NCWA (club) team at Winona State University. Even though he was not a standout in collegiate folkstyle wrestling, he had some success. He defeated wrestlers from NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, the NJCAA, and the NCWA. At St. John’s, he defeated a two-time Minnesota state placer and NJCAA All-American at the Auggie Open in 1998 by a score of 6-4. Wrestling for Winona State University at the ages of 39 and 40, Goodman placed second in the Winona Invite (defeating a NCAA Division III opponent) and fifth in the 157 Bronze division at the Auggie Invite (defeating a NJCAA opponent). In the Spring of 2019, Goodman practiced with the Senior Greco Minnesota Storm Regional Training Center to prepare for the National Collegiate Greco-Roman Championships at Richland College (Dallas, Texas). He ended his collegiate career by defeating three opponents to become the NCWA Greco-Roman National Champion and All-American at 71 Kilograms.

Eric holds a Master’s Degree in Second Languages and World Cultures Education with licences in K-12 English as a Second Language and K-12 Spanish. He currently works at Minnesota Virtual Schools in St. Paul, Minnesota. He lives with his wife, Ellen, and his daughters, Faith and Betsy.

Eric is excited to be part of Midwest Center for Movement. He enjoys working with students and athletes at all levels.


At MCFM we are honoured to have someone who not only exemplifies the knowledge, skill and dedication of a National Champion wrestler, but also shows the true value of perseverance, personal sacrifice and never giving up.