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University of Wisconsin La-Crosse Head Coach, Dave Malecek, teaches you how to develop wrestlers’ defensive instincts. Coach Malecek states that “opponents are going to get to your legs; How are you going to defend it?” The “Hips Back/Head Down Drill” is his answer.
It may be a simple drill, however, it is still an important drill that can be practiced at the highest and lowest levels of wrestling.
Steve Garland, Head Coach for the University of Virginia, demonstrates the proper position for a single leg and how to keep a good position. This ‘Single Leg Drill’ will eliminate scramble situations and put you into a position to score.
Single Legs are a fundamental element of any successful wrestler and Coach Garland has simplified it so it will work on a high level, but can be practiced by a beginner. The ‘Single Leg Drill’ will teach you how to move your opponent while keeping good position so you can finish the takedown on anyone.
In this segment 2008 NCAA Champion at Cornell, Jordan Leen, goes through three different set-ups. The set-ups you will see involve using the “Claw”, “Ankle Elevator”, and “Tilt.” Discover the keys of each technique in the following clip.
The use of the “Claw” technique is ideal for a weaker wrestler because it enables him to use his weight to control and execute this technique on an opponent. The emphasis on the “Ankle Elevator” is to elevate the ankles so that you can place your safe leg in place, open up the opponents’ hips to execute the short leg.
Check out an additional clip from the Championship Productions’ DVD “Championship Signature Move Series: Jordan Leen’s Safe Leg Series.” View more Wrestling videos on Pinning.
University of Wisconsin La-Crosse Head Coach, Dave Malecek, illustrates one of his favorite drills to teach wrestlers proper fundamental position when attacking legs. All-Americans, Adam Sheley and JR Lewis demonstrate the basic principles that are essential to all leg attacks, whether high or low, single or double.
This drill is so simple that even little league wrestlers could do it and so fundamental that even All-Americans need to do it. For those who can master this positioning drill, success will be sure to follow. This would a great drill for using as part of your everyday warm-up.
Eric Akin, former 4X All-American for Iowa State University, demonstrates teaching and practicing the basic skill of the ‘Hip Heist.’ Akin’s youth wrestlers will practice X# of repetitions left, left then right, right. You will see how the ‘Hip Heist’ is a key physical skill for bottom wrestling.
Athletes begin in a bear crawl position, bring one foot under to a belly up or crab walk position.