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Edinboro University Head Coach and 2014 NWCA Coach of the Year, Tim Flynn, demonstrates how to perform a basic breakdown with the tight waist chop.
Coach Flynn begins the segment by explaining the importance of being ready to run forward when you get on top of your opponent, rather than sitting back on your legs. Once the whistle blows, the top man drives forward chopping the arm of the bottom man. As you start to get extended, you want to take your back knee and drive it between your opponents legs. This is a good basic breakdown drill for any level of wrestler.
Learn how to build as great stance with University of Illinois Associate Head Coach and 2013 Amateur Wrestling News Division I Coach of the Year, Mark Perry. In this video, Perry discusses the important of stance and how it affects your offense and defense.
Coach Perry begins by addressing your position on the mat. He explains that you always want to be six to eight inches apart from your lead leg peck to your lead leg knee. A mistake commonly seen is when wrestlers get fatigued and stand straight up. Coach Perry explains that if your hands are not able to touch the mat at all times, that is a good indication that you are not low enough. Having the correct position is essential at every level of wrestling.
Doug Schwab, University of Northern Iowa Head Coach and 2008 Olympian, takes you through a live practice at the University of Northern Iowa. In this video, Schwab shows you how to clear the leg so you can score a takedown.