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Work on the “Stand Up” to Escape from Your Opponent!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, July 1, 2014

In this escape sequence on the mat, 4x All-American Eric Akin has his youth wrestlers demonstrate the “Stand Up.” One of the essentials here is for the foot to get posted out in front.

Stand Up

From the start position, it is essential that the foot come out as a post. Freeze the athletes here and emphasize pushing back and getting the foot posted out in front. From this one knee down and the foot out position, the wrestler will need to push back off the posted foot to get to his feet.

Watch and learn more from this Championship Productions’ DVD “Youth Wrestling: Escape Fundamentals.” VIEW other world class Wrestling videos!




Use Hand Control and the Hip Heist to Get More Escapes!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Sunday, June 1, 2014

In the first sequence from the feet, former 4x All-American at Iowa State University, Eric Akin demonstrates how he teaches young wrestlers to attack one hand.  In the second sequence presented here, Coach Akin and his athletes focus on the cut-through or unravelling of the yo-yo skill.

Hand Control & Hip Heist

With the partner’s hands locked, the athlete digs his thumbs into the partner’s top hand, “like a can opener”. Next, it is essential that the athlete drop his level/bend his knees and get his weight down as he walks his hips away from the opponent. As he lowers his weight and gets the hips away, he rolls the top hand, keeps ahold of it with one hand and puts it in his “back pocket.” Finally, the athlete turns in a manner that gets him free of the arm around his waist by, “unravelling the yo-yo.”

Watch and learn more from this Championship Productions’ DVD “Youth Wrestling: Escape Fundamentals.” Take a look at additional Wrestling videos on Escapes.




Learn the Techniques to Perform Better Leg Attacks!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Sunday, June 1, 2014

Former USA World Team member, Eric Akin, demonstrates finishes from different positions. Here, Akin teaches the young athlete to “run the corner” and attack the far leg to finish a single leg on the mat. In addition, a second drill is for a double leg finish from the knees. 

Leg Attack Finish Drills

The first position has the athlete begin on a single leg in bad position. First, the youth wrestler is to lock his hands around the partner’s knees, “like a rope.” Next, the wrestler will “cork screw” the partner’s far hip to the mat so that he lands with his legs together on his side, “like a mermaid.”

Watch and learn more from this Championship Productions’ DVD “Youth Wrestling: Takedown Fundamentals.” Take a look at additional Wrestling videos on Youth Wrestling.




Create a Setup for Leg Attacks to Earn More Points!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Thursday, May 1, 2014

Eric Akin, former 4x All-American and current youth wrestling coach, shows you an inside tie leg attack set up. Use this series of moves to control your opponent and put yourself in position to score points.

Inside Tie

Use the collar tie to “steering wheel”, move your feet laterally in the opposite direction of the club motion on the head and pull the inside tie arm away from the opponent’s body. As the opponent regains his stance, set your feet in a stance ready to leg attack. As the opponent comes up, attack the legs.

Watch and learn more from this Championship Productions’ DVD “Youth Wrestling: Takedown Fundamentals.” Take a look at additional Wrestling videos on Youth Wrestling.




Learn a Key Skill for Bottom Wrestling!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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. 

Hip Heist

Athletes begin in a bear crawl position, bring one foot under to a belly up or crab walk position.

Check out an additional clip from the Championship Productions’ DVDYouth Wrestling: Escape Fundamentals.” View more Wrestling videos on Escapes.




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