Championship Productions Blog

Archives by Tag 'Joe LeBlanc'

Discover the Essentials for Pre-Match Routines!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Thursday, October 1, 2015

It’s no secret that people who establish routines and habits have a better chance of being successful during competition. Joe LeBlanc, University of Northern Colorado assistant coach and four time All-American at the University of Wyoming, explains the necessities of a great pre-match routine.

Pre-Match Routine

Video Summary: Talk to your athletes to find out what they need from you. Make sure your athletes are staying hydrated and keeping their muscle glucose up… Also, make sure your athletes are getting plenty of carbohydrates during the season for fuel. You can rehydrate faster than you can add glucose back to your muscle.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Developing Championship Wrestlers: Establishing Dominant Routines.” View other world class Wrestling videos!

Get Comfortable on the Mat without an Opponent!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Friday, May 1, 2015

Four-time All-American Joe LeBlanc works on three different techniques for the bottom position in this video: the hip heist, the granby and the knee slide. All three moves will help wrestlers work their way out of tough situations and get back to attacking the opponent.

Hip Heist, Granby, Knee Slide

Drill Summary: Wrestlers find a spot on the mat and envision being on the bottom against an opponent. On their own, wrestlers practice hip heisting, granbying, and knee sliding to improve their skills from the bottom position.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “One Step Ahead: Bottom Position Technique and Attacks.” View other world class Wrestling videos!

Learn to Chop Like a Four Time All-American!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, February 1, 2015

Joe LeBlanc, assistant coach at the University of Northern Colorado, takes you through an alternate version of the chop that he used to become a four time All-American at the University of Wyoming. LeBlanc’s chop can serve as a change of pace for opponents who may already be conditioned to the traditional chop style.

The Chop

Drill Summary: The wrestler starts behind their opponent, directly square to the opponent’s shoulders. The outside leg starts up, and the same hand starts on the opponent’s belly button. The key to this version of the chop is to shift the opponent’s hips with the off side arm. While the elbow hits the opponent’s hip, the other hand breaks down the opponent’s arm and the wrestler takes the opponent’s hip into the mat. Finally, the wrestler slides back into a tight waist tilt.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Dominant Technique and Attacks from the Top Position.” View other world class Wrestling videos!

Get More Pins with this Tight Waist Breakdown!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, October 11, 2013

Check out an excellent breakdown of a tight waist hip shift from 4X All-American, Joe LeBlanc. As the all-time wins leader at Wyoming University, Leblanc has some insightful tips to offer you on performing this unique version of a tight waist breakdown.

Instruction: He begins on the whistle, by showing how to use the waist side elbow to hit the opponent in his hip bone and pull the opponent toward his near hip; the force on this breakdown is sideways, not forward. The hand on the elbow pulls on the elbow crease. The back leg pushes (sideways) as the down knee blocks. It is important that the top wrestler not fall to his side. Instead, after executing the hip shift, finish the breakdown by circling to the near side and pinching both of his knees with both of your knees.

Check out an additional clip from the Championship Productions’ DVD “Takedowns and Turns.”  If you’re interested in more Wrestling videos on Pinning, click here

New Wrestling Instruction from Indiana University!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, May 31, 2013

Discover exceptional new wrestling instruction from the Indiana University wrestling coaching staff! Learn how score from the feet, takedowns and turns, and many other skills and drills to improve your wrestling team’s form.  Every member of the coaching staff was a 4x NCAA All American and knows what it takes to be a championship wrestler! See the three brand new Wrestling DVDs below:

35 Drills & Skills for Competitive Practice

35 Drills & Skills for Competitive Practice

  • Improve foot speed to take better shots and defend shots easier
  • Train your wrestlers “when” to shoot and “how” to shoot from a control tie with the Hand Fight & Attack Drill
  • Improve flexibility for hip heists and throws
  • Increase proficiency in defending leg attacks



Scoring from Your Feet: The Over/Under Series

Scoring from Your Feet: The Over/Under Series

  • Control your opponents and dictate what happens in your matches
  • Develop confidence in a tight tie situation and execute over/under attacks from both sides
  • Learn several attacks from similar positions, creating opportunities for you to string moves together and become a chain wrestler
  • Learn how to re-attack from the over/under when your opponent tries to attack you first



Takedowns and Turns

Takedowns and Turns


  • Shut your opponent’s offense down with the 2-on-1 tie
  • Become proficient at setting up, finishing and countering the low single leg takedown
  • Make use of the 2-on-1 for a variety of lower and upper body scoring attacks
  • Turn your opponent with the tight waist tilt – some of the easiest points in folkstyle wrestling




Drake University Continuing Education Gold Medal Guarantee Sign Up for our Newsletter Request a Catalog Testimonials Career Opportunities
SecurityWorry-Free Shopping
Championship Productions, Inc. Follow danbergan on Twitter