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Grapplers hit ring to show kids hazards of the sport
By LYLE HARVEY -- Calgary Sun

Members of Calgary's favourite wrestling family are going to the mat in an effort to stop kids from mimicking the moves they see on TV.

Former Calgary Stampeder and Stampede wrestler B.J. Annis, who is married to a daughter of grappling legend Stu Hart, will hit the ring at his downtown gym today to show kids the dangers of pro wrestling moves.

Annis will be joined by his son, Ted Annis -- who runs his own wrestling school, and wrestles professionally under the name Ted Hart -- former pro grappler Bad News Allen, and Stampede wrestler Harry Smith -- son of Davey Boy Smith, the "British Bulldog."

"We want to make kids aware of the fact that what they see in the ring is carefully choreographed," said Annis, a firefighter and owner of B.J.'s Gym at 604 7 Ave. S.E.

"We want to say, 'Don't do this -- it's too dangerous.' If you want to wrestle, join an amateur club."

Annis will also have the help of fellow firefighters and EMS crew to show what to do if someone does get hurt.

He plans to take the safety course to small towns around the province, starting as early as next week.

Today's presentation, open to the public, starts at 2 p.m. There is no charge to attend.

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