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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!




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!




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