Wrestler Big Vito LoGrasso will celebrate the opening of his new wrestling academy at Sports Club 24, 2147 Pine Forest Drive, on Saturday, Aug. 31.
CLEARWATER – Wrestling star Big Vito LoGrasso is bringing a taste of the ring to Clearwater with his new wrestling academy.
LoGrasso will celebrate the grand opening of Big Vito’s Wrestling Academy at Sports Club 24, 2147 Pine Forest Drive, Saturday, Aug. 31, starting at 1 p.m.
“It’s another stepping stone in my legacy,” he said.
With over 23 years of wrestling experience, LoGrasso has “done it all,” he said, “from top to bottom.” The superstar has wrestled for the likes of World Championship Wrestling (WCW), World Wresting Entertainment (WWE), World Wrestling Federation (WWF), and other professional and independent leagues around the world.
“I’ve made it and I’ve learned the business from the bottom up,” he said. “The one thing you learn in wrestling is that you pass it on. Now it’s my turn to pass it on.”
LoGrasso emphasizes that his program is an academy, not a school, and stands apart from other local programs because of its focus on discipline and honing the craft of wrestling.
“Plus, most of those schools don’t have someone with my experience behind it,” he said. “A lot of schools out there maybe don’t have the credentials.”
In addition to guiding his future students on the athleticism and finesse required in the ring, LoGrasso also will teach them about the business side of the sport.
“I will teach my students everything from how to be a well-grounded grappler to how to take care of and present themselves,” he said.
LoGrasso, originally from Staten Island, N.Y., has called the Tampa Bay area home for about eight years. He began wrestling in 1990 on the independent circuit before being approached by NOW Wrestling Federation based in Japan. Since then, he’s wrestled for a number of wrestling organizations, donning ring names such as Skull Von Krush, Von Kruss and Big Vito.
“I got to travel the world, live with different cultures, experience different people,” he said. “It’s been wonderful. It made me a well-rounded person.”
In addition to one-on-one personal training for wrestlers with professional aspirations, LoGrasso also will offer services for men and women simply looking for a unique way to get fit, and an after-school program designed to keep children active and teach them discipline.
He also is eager to align himself with the Clearwater community, and hopes to use his name and his wrestling academy for the good of local nonprofit groups and those in need.
“I think it’s important to be a part of your local community,” he said.
For more information about Big Vito’s Wrestling Academy, visit www.bigvito.com or call 813-409-0469.