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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.




Escape from the Bottom Position with the Sit and Roll!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Friday, August 1, 2014

In this segment, 4X All-American Eric Akin and his youth wrestlers demonstrate a sit out and head post. The Sit and Roll Drill will help your wrestlers escape from the bottom position.

Sit and Roll

The sit out begins with a step out with the outside leg followed by a hip heist. Next, the bottom man grabs control of the waist hand, posts the opposite elbow on the mat, then kicks the waist side leg over to a head post. The bottom man rotates on his head and “cuts through” for an escape. Coach Akin emphasizes the need for a strong leg kick and for the arm not controlling the waist hand to go straight up to block him, as the bottom man rotates and cuts through for one. Finally, if the top man is able to follow as the bottom man rotates on his head, the East Kansas youth wrestlers demonstrate how to execute a side roll from this situation.

Watch and learn more from Championship Productions’ DVD “Youth Wrestling: Escape Fundamentals.” VIEW other world class Wrestling videos!




Learn How to Score Back Points with the Rebar Tilt!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Friday, August 1, 2014

U.S. Olympian and 3x NCAA All-American, Ken Chertow, covers many successful techniques for turning opponents onto their backs. Coach Chertow shows the Rebar Tilt to turn an opponent, plus how you can use the Figure Four legally to get more control over your opponent.

Rebar Tilt

Watch and learn more from Championship Productions’ DVD “Scoring from the Top: Breakdowns, Tilts, Pinning and Freestyle.” VIEW other world class Wrestling videos!




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