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Teach Heavyweight Wrestlers to Get Off their Bellies!

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

It’s no secret that heavyweight wrestlers are typically less agile than the lighter weights, which makes staying out of difficult positions even more important. In this clip, former Olympic champion, Bruce Baumgartner, shows how heavyweights can get off their bellies when their opponent is on top of them.

Getting Off the Belly

Drill Summary: Coach Baumgartner says it’s important to get one part of your body out from underneath your opponent when they go to cover up your hips. The first step is to straighten out your hands and arms so your pinkies are in and your thumbs are out. Next, bring your outside leg up and back up to get your butt away from your opponent. From there, you can fight for position and pull more moves.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Bruce Baumgartner: Blueprint for Heavyweight Technique – On the Mat.” View other world class Wrestling videos!

Execute an Elbow Pull Double Leg!

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

University of North Carolina assistant coach and 2012 Olympic bronze medalist, Coleman Scott, runs through the steps he uses to pull off an elbow pull double leg takedown. By using a cheat step, Scott is able to move into the correct distance to pull his opponent over top and finish the move.

Elbow Pull

Drill Summary: The first step of this move is to get your opponent into an elbow lock. Coach Scott actually chooses to grab the opponent under their arm pit as opposed to the elbows. Next, pull the opponent to you and get your head on the opposite side of your elbow lock. Meanwhile, your free hand should be maintaining inside control. After that, you need to take what coach Scott calls a “cheat step,” where you bring your back foot up and square to your lead foot momentarily.

Once your back foot is square, step out with your lead leg and put your head in the hole. Your free hand should shoot out, then you need to pull your opponent over your shoulder with the intent to have both of their hands hit the mat. From there, lock up your double leg and drive through the opponent.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Championship Signature Move Series: Coleman Scott’s Double Leg Takedown.” View other world class Wrestling videos!

Keep Knees Wide to Get Pressure on Your Opponent!

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

Two time NCAA Champion and three time All-American at Oklahoma State University, Chris Perry, explains the importance of keeping knees wide as a leg rider. By being physical and maintaining wide knees, wrestlers will keep their opponent from high legging and maintain control on top.

Wide Knees

Drill Summary: When breaking the opponent down, bump into them and keep your knees wide while throwing your hips into their back. Make sure to keep your feet running forward and also focus on getting your opponent’s arm over their head.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Signature Move Series: Chris Perry’s Punishing Leg Ride Series.” View other world class Wrestling videos!

Discover Escape Drills from a Former NCAA Champion!

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

Kevin Dresser, head coach at Virginia Tech University and two time All-American at the University of Iowa, shows you three drills that help wrestlers train to get off the mat quickly. Athletes will learn the proper positioning and how to escape with explosion and quickness.

Escape Drills

Drill Summary: There are three different escape drills in this video.

The first drill is the “Position Drill.” The Position Drill is a solo drill that has wrestlers work on getting their leg up off the mat quickly with explosiveness. Get in a simulated bottom position, then lift one leg up onto the mat with good posture. Work both legs through multiple reps.

The second drill is the “Head Gear Drill.” In it, the wrestler gets into a simulated bottom position and the coach places head gear on the wrestler’s upper back. Next, the coach stands 5 feet behind the wrestler and blows the whistle. On the whistle, the wrestler gets one foot onto the mat and tries to throw the head gear all the way to the coach using only their back.

The third and final drill is the “Chair Drill.” Start in a pinch next to the wall. On the coach’s whistle, the wrestler gets to the wall in a chair position with their elbows in. Make sure to get to the wall from both directions.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Explosive Escapes.” View other world class Wrestling videos!

Learn How to Execute a Whizzer!

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

When a wrestler gets into a situation where the opponent is attacking a single leg, pulling off a whizzer is a great way to turn the tide. Jeff Buxton, former Blair Academy wrestling coach, demonstrates how he achieves a whizzer by putting pressure into his opponent and shifting over to grasp control.


Drill Summary: When your opponent has beat your hands and has their head up on the way to a single leg, get your whizzer hand and pull up on their shoulders while leaning in and applying pressure back into the opponent. Next, draw your leg back and square up over top of the opponent’s head. Push the opponent’s head down, then get to their back leg and crunch them up. Finally, walk around and knock them to their back or over the top.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “All Access Blair Academy Wrestling Practice.” View other world class Wrestling videos!


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