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Ward Off Defenders’ Hands from the Bottom Position!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Brandon High School head coach, Russ Cozart, teaches his athletes the “Crazy Hands” drill to train them to defend against an opponent trying to lock their hands from behind. By keeping their arms tight to their bodies and feeling where the opponent’s hands are, wrestlers can avoid being wrapped up.

Crazy Hands

Drill Summary: Wrestlers partner up and one wrestler stands directly behind the other. The wrestler from behind applies pressure and tries to lock their hands around the wrestler in the front. The wrestler in front tries to prevent their partner from locking their hands. When the person behind reaches over top, the person in front should reach up and get their elbows out. When the person behind reaches under, the wrestler should keep their elbows in. When the person goes low, the wrestler in front should get their thumbs to their thighs and have their hands ready to grab. After 10 seconds of hand fighting, the wrestler in front cuts out and partners swap positions.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Hand Fighting from the Bottom Position.” View other world class Wrestling videos!






Work on Body Position for Your Freestyle!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Arthur Albiero, University of Louisville head coach, presents two body position drills that will help you establish and maintain a tight body line for your freestyle stroke. With an improved body position, you will be able to minimize drag, increase speed and become more efficient.

Body Kick & Side Kick

Drill Summary: For the “Body Kick,” swimmers keep their hands at their sides and kick forward, doing their best to take quick, sneaky breaths. Focus on maintaining a good body line and keeping your back high up. For the “Side Kick,” swimmers lean to one side with their underside hand extended out in front. The body should be in a line from the fingertips to the toes, and swimmers can use their arm to maintain their balance on both sides.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Championship Stroke Breakdown Series: Freestyle Breakdown.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!






Get More Leverage when Executing the Butterfly!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, September 1, 2015

North Carolina State head coach, Braden Holloway, uses the Surf Drill Series as one of his main methods to teach timing for the butterfly. Without proper timing, swimmers can lose valuable speed and power and be forced to work much harder than they would with an efficient stroke.

Surf Drill Series

Drill Summary: To begin this drill, the swimmer sets their stroke up by doing two sculls, one big kick, a second kick, then glides on the surface as far as they can before recovering and doing it all over again. Swimmers’ bodies should stay on the line and avoid going up or down too much. The focus is on the catch out front and keeping hands close to the body underneath. Once swimmers have grasped the “thrust forward, not up” method, add fins and small paddles and continue to work on gliding. Get just high enough out of the water to breathe.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Championship Stroke Breakdown Series: Butterfly Breakdown.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!




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