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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!




Defend the Collar Tie with this Effective Technique!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Friday, August 1, 2014

In this segment, 4X All-American Eric Akin demonstrates one of his best techniques as a competitor: the slide by or shrug. This effective technique will help you defend the collar tie.

Slide By

First, put your fist on your own chest and your forearm behind his arm above the elbow. Next, step outside on the collar tie side. Turn your head away from your opponent. Then shrug, draw a rainbow with your forearm, turn your body as you do so. Finish the move by covering if he goes down to his knees or with a lift and return if he does not. To set up this technique, over-hook the collar tie forearm and pull down as you back pedal.

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




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.




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