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Learn How to Underhook on the Far Side!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, March 1, 2015

University of Virginia assistant coach Keith Gavin uses the underhook to prepare himself for an attack. In this short clip, watch Gavin as he gets an underhook on the side opposite of his lead leg and on the same side as his head. Then, see how coach Gavin uses the underhook to secure a high crotch.

Far Side Underhook

Drill Summary: To get an underhook on the side opposite the wrestler’s lead leg, bump the opponent’s elbow off using your head when the opponent has a collar tie to create some space, then slip the arm under to get the underhook. In this position, the wrestler’s head will be on the same side as their underhook. From this position, the wrestler opens up the elbow and throws the underhook past their head before windshield wiping the back leg, getting the arm deep and driving through the double leg.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Championship Signature Move Series: Keith Gavin’s Underhooks & Drags.” View other world class Wrestling videos!




Defend Against Claw Rides and Crab Rides!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, March 1, 2015

With the claw and crab rides becoming popular with today’s wrestlers, it’s even more important to prepare a proper ride defense. In this video, Edinboro University assistant coach Cliff Moore shows you one of his signature moves – the push back. Use the push back technique to frustrate opponents from the bottom position.

Push Backs

Drill Summary: The goal of the push back is to get the top wrestler’s weight off. In the base position, the wrestler wants to have their weight back and have a wide angle from their body to their arms. The head should also be in line with the back. The wrestler should either use their hips or elbows to push back. As the wrestler tries to improve their position, get the elbow high on the opponent and use the weight against them. From this position, the wrestler can drive back into the opponent to get the rest of the opponent’s weight off.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Signature Move Series: Cliff Moore’s Push Back Series.” View other world class Wrestling videos!




Use Coleman Scott’s Post Double Leg!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, March 1, 2015

2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist Coleman Scott baits his opponents into reaching, opening up an opportunity to attack. While the post double isn’t Scott’s go-to move, it’s proven very effective in competition. See for yourself why the post double is a great move to use when hand fighting!

Post Double

Drill Summary: The first thing the wrestler needs to do is bait their opponent into reaching. Scott does this by pulling on the back of his opponent’s head. From there, the opponent is forced to post. When the opponent reaches, the wrestler grabs above the elbow and steps simultaneously. Next, the wrestler brings their hand from the back of the head and reaches outside while the lead knee passes between the opponent’s feet. Then, the hands can lock below the opponent’s butt and the wrestler can fly their knee, block the opponent’s knee and take them down.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Championship Signature Move Series: Coleman Scott’s Double Leg Takedown.” View other world class Wrestling videos!




Master the Leg Lace with Rob Eiter!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, February 1, 2015

University of Maryland assistant coach and five time U.S. Open national champion Rob Eiter breaks down how he executes a traditional leg lace. Learn some of Eiter’s tricks to making the lace more fluid so wrestlers can feel confident using it during a match.

Traditional Leg Lace

Drill Summary: To begin, the outside hand captures the opponent’s ankle while the inside hand captures the knee. The wrestler should keep their shoulder below their opponent’s butt cheek and their head to the outside. As the wrestler’s shoulder goes in, they keep weight on the opponent by staying on their toes. Next, the wrestler steps high and keeps the opponent’s ankle close to their hips, controlling the ankle with their elbow. Then, the wrestler moves their high hand on the knee blindly to the opponent’s other leg. After that, the wrestler transfers their body to the other knee, making sure to keep their chest and hips parallel. Finally, do a basic gut wrench motion, back arch and roll into the leg lace.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Leg Lace Evolution Techniques for Modern Freestyle.” View other world class Wrestling videos!




Learn to Chop Like a Four Time All-American!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, February 1, 2015

Joe LeBlanc, assistant coach at the University of Northern Colorado, takes you through an alternate version of the chop that he used to become a four time All-American at the University of Wyoming. LeBlanc’s chop can serve as a change of pace for opponents who may already be conditioned to the traditional chop style.

The Chop

Drill Summary: The wrestler starts behind their opponent, directly square to the opponent’s shoulders. The outside leg starts up, and the same hand starts on the opponent’s belly button. The key to this version of the chop is to shift the opponent’s hips with the off side arm. While the elbow hits the opponent’s hip, the other hand breaks down the opponent’s arm and the wrestler takes the opponent’s hip into the mat. Finally, the wrestler slides back into a tight waist tilt.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Dominant Technique and Attacks from the Top Position.” View other world class Wrestling videos!




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