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Joe LeBlanc’s Turn from the Claw!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Joe LeBlanc, University of Northern Colorado assistant coach and four time All-American at the University of Wyoming, runs through a turn from the claw position. By twisting the opponent onto their back, you’ll be able to position yourself to attempt the fall and win in dramatic fashion.

Turn from the Claw

Drill Summary: From a claw position, take a step behind your opponent and put your knee in the middle of their back. Next, pull up and extend their body while you twist them over. Fall back at an angle and place your hand over their shoulder so you can grab your own elbow. From there, move your leg to flank between your opponent’s legs and don’t pull your opponent on top of you (keep them extended). After that, you can go for the fall.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Dominant Technique and Attacks from the Top Position.” Browse through other world class Wrestling videos at Championship Productions.com!

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Build Neck Strength and Flexibility in Wrestlers!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Gary Calcagno, Oklahoma State wrestling strength and conditioning coach, takes a wrestler through the “Neck Series” in this short video. You’ll see a simple exercise that can be used to increase the strength and flexibility of any wrestler’s neck, which will benefit them on the mat.

Neck Series

Drill Summary: A bench and a towel are needed to do this exercise. The wrestler begins by laying on their side on the bench with their shoulders just off the end. First, the coach stretches the wrestler’s neck by pulling up and pushing down on the athlete’s head gently. Next, put the towel on top of the wrestler’s head and provide resistance as the wrestler moves their head up. Once their head has moved up, push down on the athlete’s head while the wrestler resists. Do 10 reps. Use the same method with the wrestler on their back, their other side, and their stomach. Be gentle to avoid injury, especially when the athlete is on their back (that’s when they’re most vulnerable).

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Training for Power and Explosiveness.” Browse through other world class Wrestling videos at Championship Productions.com!

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Learn the Straight Leg Counter from John Smith!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Monday, February 1, 2016

You loved his “How Low Can You Go” Volumes 1 and 2, and now Oklahoma State University head coach, John Smith, is back with Volume 3! In this video from the brand new release, Coach Smith covers the straight leg counter – a difficult, but rewarding move to pull off.

Straight Leg Counter

Drill Summary: When your opponent is going for the straight leg counter, get your knees down and start to pull the opponent’s leg in a circle. Gradually start to sit with your hip to the mat. Next, replace your arm with your other arm and run your opponent down.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “How Low Can You Go, Vol. 3 – Beating the Defense.” Browse through other world class Wrestling videos at Championship Productions.com!

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Prevent Opponents from Stabbing Through!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Monday, February 1, 2016

Allowing an opponent to stab their arms through from behind can put you into a tough spot on the mat. Russ Cozart, Brandon High School (Florida) head coach and 2014 National Wrestling Coach of the Year, shows you a drill that he’s developed to train wrestlers to ward off an opponent who stabs and reaches.

Stab and Reach

Drill Summary: This is a partner drill. Have one partner stand behind the other, with the person in front maintaining a position with their elbows tucked close to their body. The wrestler in the back tries to stab between their partner’s arms and reach underneath their partner’s elbows to try to maintain control. Meanwhile, the wrestler in front does their best to use their hands and arms to ward off their partner’s attempts to get their hands into a position of control.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Hand Fighting from the Bottom Position.” Browse through other world class Wrestling videos at Championship Productions.com!

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Execute an Elbow Pass High Level Single!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Monday, February 1, 2016

Matt Azevedo, Drexel University head coach and U.S. Open Freestyle National Champion, shows you how to perform an elbow pass high level single. Once a wrestler has mastered the elbow pass, they can move on to attacking the legs of the opponent in hopes of getting a takedown.

Elbow Pass High Level Single

Drill Summary: When you’ve mastered the elbow pass, you can use it to get a single leg takedown. Shuffle to the side of your opponent, change your level, pass and sweep in to snag their knee. It’s important to hold onto their elbow with your hand as long as possible. Once you have control of their knee, lift up into them for your single leg.

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

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