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With University of Virginia Head Coach Steve Garland you will learn about the intangibles of drilling and how to drill properly. The ‘Underhook Drill’ shown by Coach Garland is a creative way to get wrestlers warmed up and ready to go without the mindless slogging (slow + jogging) so common in practice rooms of today.
Wrestlers will become much more comfortable with the underhook position and have more fun as the warm up becomes more of a game. Preventing staleness is a key for being successful in wrestling and Coach Garland has shown a great drill to get the room fired up and excited to practice.
In this segment, Head Coach at the East Kansas Wrestling Club, Eric Akin, demonstrates his method for teaching the inside penetration step. When the athlete is practicing the inside penetration step, it is important that the shoulders rotate.
Begin by having the athlete drop the back knee, push off the back foot and drive the front knee to the mat; then, as the front knee drives down, the back knee steps up. So, the motor pattern cue is, “knee down knee up”. Coach Akin also demonstrates a drill to learn this skill in which the partner steps back each time as the practicing partner shoots again and again rotating the shoulders and alternating from one side to the other-right foot inside step then left foot inside step.
See how you can score from your feet using the under hook with wrist control. Indiana University Head Coach, Duane Goldman, gives wrestlers another option to get a crackdown using the under hook with wrist control. These techniques and skills would benefit even the most experienced coach for years.
From that position the wrestler could get a Cradle or a Ball and Chain with a Half Nelson. There is also a possibility to execute a Leg and Arm Turk if the wrestlers’ legs are straight.
Former All-American and current Head Coach at Virginia, Steve Garland, will show you how to secure more double leg takedowns. The ‘Trail Leg Drill’ is something your wrestlers can practice to work on the setup phase of a double leg.
Avoid going on both legs and using just your arms to get a double leg takedown.
A popular drill used to teach ideal hand positioning by University of Wisconsin La-Crosse Head Coach, Dave Malecek, is the ‘Hand Fight Drill.’ Working on these techniques will help your wrestlers get to their leg attacks or takedowns.
For the first 30 seconds of the drill, the wrestlers are hand fighting, and for the last 30 seconds of the drill, the wrestlers are takedown drilling.