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Utilize a Knee Slide to Return to a Solid Base Position!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Monday, September 1, 2014

4x All-American and current youth wrestling club coach, Eric Akin, presents the Knee Slide drill that will allow you to return to a solid base position.  On bottom, it is important to regain a solid base so you can become aggressive and initiate an escape or reversal.

Knee Slide

From the hands and knees on the mat, when the opponent pressures forward, the bottom man slides the inside knee under his own chin. From flat on the mat, first, step out to make space for the inside knee and also keep the arms in a thumbs-up position and push back on the pinky side of the hand (this is essential to avoid getting one’s hands and arms tied up by the top wrestler). Next, slide the inside knee across and return to a solid base (hands and knees). Coach Akin emphasizes that his youth wrestlers look to execute their own escape as soon as they return to the base position.

This video came from Championship Productions’ DVD, Youth Wrestling: Escape Fundamentals.  To view more wrestling videos from America’s top coaches and wrestlers, click here.




Avoid a Takedown with a Good Sprawl!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Monday, September 1, 2014

Coach Eric Akin demonstrates an essential skill that every wrestler needs to understand and perfect – sprawling.  At some point in a match, your opponent will take a shot and you’ll need to sprawl to avoid a takedown.  Coach Akin points out the key fundamentals to perfect your technique.

Sprawl Drill

Coach Akin begins the sprawl with a leg curl motion-pick up your feet when opponent attacks your legs.  This should be your original reaction to a leg attack.  Next, to execute the sprawl, drop the hips straight down to the mat. The mistake commonly made here is to jump up slightly and come up on our toes instead of dropping the hips straight to the mat.  Next, with the opponent underneath your hips and chest, square the hips so that the hip bones are parallel to the mat. Finally, finish the sprawl skill by circling away from the leg that was attacked in a manner similar to a bear crawl, but with the hips in and head up.  Coach Akin cues his wrestlers to “chase his tail.”  A good basic drill that can be done at every practice is a sprawl drill, where wrestlers move in their stance and execute the sprawl when the coach blows a whistle or gives a command “sprawl” or “hit it.”

This video came from Championship Productions’ DVD, Youth Wrestling: Takedown Fundamentals.  To view more wrestling videos from America’s top coaches and wrestlers, click here.




Wear Down Your Opponents with Heavy Hands!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Monday, September 1, 2014

Learn how to improve your handfighting with 2x NCAA Champion, 4x All-American, and Dan Hodge Trophy winner, Mark Ironside.  In this video, Ironside presents his Heavy Hands drill where wrestlers can begin to wear out an opponent using constant pulling and snapping. This might be one of the intangibles that would change who wins a championship match and Coach Ironside can show you how to use it!

Heavy Hands Drill

Handfighting is crucial to the outcome of the match. If you win the handfighting battle, then you will dominate the neutral position. If you dominate the neutral position, then you’ll be very successful.

This video came from Championship Productions’ DVD, The Art of Hand Fighting.  To view more wrestling videos from America’s top coaches and wrestlers, click here.




Learn How to Score with Your Legs & a Power Half!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Monday, September 1, 2014

3x All-American and U.S. Olympian, Ken Chertow, demonstrates the basics of getting into leg rides and using a power half pinning combination.  These combinations are a great way to establish control over an opponent and pick up some back points.

This video came from Championship Productions’ DVD, Scoring from the Top: Breakdowns, Tilts, Pinning and Freestyle.   To view more wrestling videos from America’s top coaches and wrestlers, click here.




Help Your Defense React to a Quick Attack!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Monday, September 1, 2014

2013 AVCA Coach of the Year, Chris McGown, discusses how to setup a base defensive system. This will help you put the defensive players on your team in a position where they can react best to a quick attack.

Base Defensive System

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “How to Design a Defensive System.” View other world class Volleyball videos!




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