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Learn a Technique that will Help Your Wrestlers Get a Quick Reversal!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Saturday, November 1, 2014

Eric Akin, 3x Big 8 Champion, shows you a “compact” technique from the bottom position. This technique will help your wrestlers get a quicker reversal.

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Common mistakes are emphasized by Coach Akin. First, many athletes sit out too far and get extended. Second, from the sit out position, do not lean back. Stay in good wrestling stance position with hips under your shoulders.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Youth Wrestling: Escape Fundamentals.” View other world class Wrestling videos!




Use an Elbow Pass to Set Up a Leg Attack!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Saturday, November 1, 2014

In this segment, Eric Akin, 4X All-American for Iowa State University demonstrates elbow control to an elbow pass set-up. This will help you set-up a leg attack.

Elbow Control/Elbow Pass

Control the elbow, “like a lobster claw pinch” and pull it in above the elbow. If the attacking wrestler is at 12:00, he will move his feet to get to 3:00 or 9:00 position in relation to his opponent. As he creates an angle, he will push the elbow across his face without pulling his head out of positon. Instead, put the head down, “like a chicken pecking corn.” Once the angle is there and the elbow is passed, set the feet in attacking stance. Both hands should be behind his elbow. “Chase the angle”, set the feet, and execute a leg attack.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Youth Wrestling: Takedown Fundamentals.” View other world class Wrestling videos!




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.




Utilize a Knee Slide to Return to a Solid Base Position!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Monday, September 1, 2014

4x All-American and current youth wrestling club coach, Eric Akin, presents the Knee Slide drill that will allow you to return to a solid base position.  On bottom, it is important to regain a solid base so you can become aggressive and initiate an escape or reversal.

Knee Slide

From the hands and knees on the mat, when the opponent pressures forward, the bottom man slides the inside knee under his own chin. From flat on the mat, first, step out to make space for the inside knee and also keep the arms in a thumbs-up position and push back on the pinky side of the hand (this is essential to avoid getting one’s hands and arms tied up by the top wrestler). Next, slide the inside knee across and return to a solid base (hands and knees). Coach Akin emphasizes that his youth wrestlers look to execute their own escape as soon as they return to the base position.

This video came from Championship Productions’ DVD, Youth Wrestling: Escape Fundamentals.  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!




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