The top position is where wrestlers show dominance over their opponents. The ability to pin will allow you to recover from mistakes and come from behind to win. Eric Guerrero shows you how to dominate from the top position in youth wrestling. Coach Guerrero not only emphasizes the techniques used to be dominant from the top position, but also the drills that can be used to ride and break the will of your opponent.
Key Skills for Riding and BreakdownsDevelop the precise positioning required to break down and ride your opponent. Guerrero talks about having a good chop philosophy, which includes driving, keeping your head up, staying in good position, and capturing the wrist. Off that philosophy, he teaches three different breakdown techniques, starting with the Head Lever Breakdown for when your opponent does not breakdown off the chop.
Guerrero also shows a Head Lever to a Half Nelson pinning combination. From there he teaches the proper technique to a Spiral Ride and shows two situations of how and when to use the Spiral Ride. The final breakdown that Guerrero shows is an Ankle Chop, which is more of a set-up for the Chop that he showed earlier.
Pinning CombinationsOnce you have broken down your opponent, you will need pinning combinations to score points from the top. Guerrero delivers the:
Techniques and demonstrations for performing the most common moves from the top position are explained and with the young wrestler in mind. The advantage of these techniques is that they are basic techniques that will enable even a novice coach or athlete to teach and learn quickly. These techniques can also be used as building blocks for wrestlers at any level.
Top wrestling is a sign of dominance. This DVD is essential in building an effective top position wrestler!
This series of videos was produced by Championship Productions in association with AAU (The Amateur Athletic Union).
36 minutes. 2013.
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