The Ultimate Askren Wrestling DVD Set
on August 22, 2016
by David H
This is a great DVD series expounding a lot of techniques and ideas about wrestling unique to the Askren brothers'. Having recently watched the entire series carefully, and taking the time to study what I feel I can apply to my own wrestling, I will say my understanding and ability to scramble successfully has improved markedly. The Askren brothers are well known in folkstyle wrestling for their scrambling, and have a very systematic and technical approach to scrambling I have not seen taught anywhere else. Many old timers scoff at the idea of "funking" being something technical, unfortunately for them folkstyle wrestling has evolved, and a new method of defending leg attacks - besides the conventional sprawling and pulling your hips back - is apart of the modern era. You need to learn what funking is and how to execute it, otherwise your leg attacks will suffer, and who else better to learn from than the Askren brothers, the innovators of funk scrambling?
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Their DVD on hand fighting, leg attacks, and cradles was also very helpful. Ben has a very simple and easy approach to hand fighting I found quite helpful, especially when teaching younger wrestlers who don't like to hand fight, and have developed the bad habit of shooting from too far out. Their single leg, and double leg and high crotch DVDs reinforced solid fundamentals, with a couple of pointers here and there, that really helped solidify my understanding of these leg attacks. Wrestlers who also love the cradle will get a lot out of this series, Ben Askren seems to be able to hit the cradle from everywhere! I definitely learned a few new ways to get the cradle.
Be forewarned though, the Askren brothers are not the most detailed instructors, and assume you already have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of wrestling, because of this, I do not recommend this DVD series for beginners. Also, there are video editing errors sprinkled throughout some of the DVDs, and those who are quite pedantic about production quality will find it annoying, although this does not effect the quality of the teaching, you would expect something like this not to happen on a 200 dollar set of DVDs. Lastly, the DVD cover says it has "over 10 hours” worth of teaching, this is simply not true. I estimate the actual footage running somewhere between 6 – 7 hours.
Overall, in terms of teaching and philosophy, this DVD series was worth the price, due to the Askren Bros teaching an approach to wrestling you won't find taught anywhere else. It definitely gave me a different perspective on scrambling and gave me more options with the cradle.
P.S. If you already have most of the Ben Askren DVDs produced by Championship Productions, this series might not be worth purchasing because of the overlap.
The Ultimate Askren Wrestling DVD Set
on February 19, 2015
I own 45 Wrestling DVDs and have watched them multiple times. Obviously with that many they cover every topic known to wrestling. I bought the Askren DVD set not expecting anything new but more out of my obsession with learning and watching DVDs. I must say that I was surprised to find that this dvd set actually taught me several new things. They aren't the most verbal and detailed oriented explanations I've heard (Wade Schalles and John Smith got them beat on level of detail). But I must say they throw out a lot of pearls, ideas, philosophy, and moves that I had not seen at all on the multitude of DVDs that I own. The sealing out escapes and explanations that I've seen no where else alone are worth the price of the dvd. Also, excellent explanations on hand fighting and tie ups, single leg take down, funk wrestling, finishing failed takedowns, takedown counters, front headlocks. I mean honestly, these are just a handful of standouts. About the only dvd I watched that was below average compared to others I own was there Breakdown DVD, much better breakdown dvds out there. But that was the only 1 out of 11 DVDs that I'd say that about. All others are worth every penny and then some. Honestly, I held back on buying these dvds for months, thinking it may not be worth the cost. But now that I've watched them I have no regrets. Heck, if I lost them I'd pay $200 again to make sure I got them back in my collection because they are that valuable to me. Great set!
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