To become a pro wrestler, a person must be willing to go through rigorous training. Many prospective wrestlers attend pro wrestling schools, where they learn various techniques and safety measures, gain experience performing in front of crowds, and begin to develop unique characters that appeal to audiences. Budding wrestlers are paired with expert coaches who explain how to execute convincing moves while protecting themselves and their opponents from serious injury. Wrestling schools may take anywhere from six months to four years to complete, depending on a wrestler’s talents and proven skills. After wrestling school, most hopeful individuals must participate in years of amateur matches before gaining recognition by a professional wrestling federation.