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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!




Work Around Great Leg Defense After an Elbow Pass!

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

Struggling to attack with no obvious opportunities at the opponent’s legs? Try out these techniques from Drexel University head coach Matt Azevedo that will create chances to go on the offensive.

No Leg Attack Option

Drill Summary: When you have the elbow pass and the opponent drops their hands to the mat and circles around, coach Azevedo teaches that wrestlers can look for the snap down. If the opponent doesn’t drop the hands but stays low, the wrestler can fake the shot first before the snap down. If the opponent stays up on the fake, the wrestler can go from the elbow pass to other tie-ups.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Elbow Pass Series: Beating the Collar Tie.” View other world class Wrestling videos!




Become a Rock on the Bottom Position!

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

Learn how to be in control in the bottom position from Mark Perry, associate head coach at the University of Illinois and two time NCAA champion. Perry wants his wrestlers to always have a great base and be ready to counter whatever the opponent throws at them.

Bottom Technique

Drill Summary: Make sure to keep the elbows out and head up. According to coach Perry, if you have the opportunity to make something happen, take it!

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Next Generation Wrestling Drills.” View other world class Wrestling videos!




Learn How to Close the Gap Properly on Your Opponent!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Thursday, January 1, 2015

All-American Alex Clemsen teaches you how to properly close the gap as a defensive wrestler. This basic, yet important, technique disrupts your opponent’s ability to penetrate through his attack. That allows you to turn defense into offense.

Leg Attack Defense

Coach Clemsen explains the “down block”, calling it the “upper-cut’, basically using the forearm into the opponent’s chest. He cautions the wrestler not to leave his arm on the opponent’s chest due to the fact that the opponent could use that as a counter method (using the dump, fireman’s carry, etc.) Alex suggests that a wrestler should spin to the trail leg first, rather than attacking the chin, to try to get a cheap, free and easy point first. He also explains the use of the trail hand using a monkey grip in the armpit keeping the elbow tight so that your opponent cannot peak-out.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Leg Attack Defense.” View other world class Wrestling videos!




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