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Learn the Straight Leg Counter from John Smith!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Monday, February 1, 2016

You loved his “How Low Can You Go” Volumes 1 and 2, and now Oklahoma State University head coach, John Smith, is back with Volume 3! In this video from the brand new release, Coach Smith covers the straight leg counter – a difficult, but rewarding move to pull off.

Straight Leg Counter

Drill Summary: When your opponent is going for the straight leg counter, get your knees down and start to pull the opponent’s leg in a circle. Gradually start to sit with your hip to the mat. Next, replace your arm with your other arm and run your opponent down.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “How Low Can You Go, Vol. 3 – Beating the Defense.” Browse through other world class Wrestling videos at Championship!

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Hall of Fame Wrestling Instruction for Better Defense!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, January 18, 2013

Coach John Smith of Oklahoma State University believes a good defense will lead to a potent offense. The theme of his defense is a strong head, hand and hip pressure. In this segment, Coach Smith demonstrates a go behind from the chest lock.

From the front chest lock, one must bring the opponent’s elbow to the mat using a forearm block, then the long arm moves toward the side to be blocked, the forearm goes to the tricep to bring the opponent down to his elbow. Next, step around to beat the elbow on the opposite side. Reach for the hip on that side. To finish the go behind, bring the other leg around, behind his elbows.

Check out an additional clip from the product page of “John Smith’s Defense from the Feet.” See high quality Wrestling Defense DVDs and other Wrestling DVDs from our huge video library!

Sprawling Instruction from a Hall of Famer!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Monday, December 17, 2012

Hall of Fame wrestler and coach, John Smith, of Oklahoma State University believes a good defense will lead to a potent offense.  Take a look at some demonstrations of the sprawling technique.  This is excellent instruction from one of the best teachers in the sport of wrestling!

In this segment, Coach Smith explains a crucial technical error many wrestlers make when sprawling.  He also demonstrates the hand sprawl drill to improve our ability to pick our feet up and downblock when our opponent attacks our legs.

Check out an additional clip from the product page of “John Smith’s Defense from the Feet.” See high quality John Smith DVDs and other Wrestling DVDs from our huge video library!

Dominate the Next Meet with Instruction from a 2x Olympic Gold Medalist!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Monday, October 15, 2012

John Smith, Head Wrestling Coach at Oklahoma State University, gives you excellent advice for set-ups and tie-ups.  Coach Smith is a 5x NCAA Championship Coach and as an athlete, a 2x Olympic Gold Medalist.  See how you can secure your opponent on the mat during your next meet.

The first set up from the inside tie begins with a head snap. Create space and move toward the inside tie side (create an angle) as you pass the arm by and execute a leg attack. Second, Smith demonstrates a slight variation on the head snap, a steering wheel motion snap, again to an elbow pass and leg attack.


Check out an additional clip from the product page of “John Smith’s Set-ups & Tie-ups: Being Effective from Your Feet.” Browse other great John Smith DVDs and world class Wrestling DVDs!

Get an All Access Look at Top Level Wrestling Teams and Coaches!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, July 27, 2012

Go inside the nation’s top high school wrestling team with Russ Cozart and Brandon High School (FL).  Coach Cozart is a 2x National Coach of the Year and his team is 23x Florida High School State Champs.  Check out these high quality Wrestling DVDs:

All Access Brandon High School Wrestling Practice with Russ Cozart

  • Establish a proven and effective scope, sequence, and pacing in your practice design
  • Discover the balanced approach to practice planning that incorporates cardiovascular, strength, and mat training
  • Get an inside look at conditioning practices that develop the core strength necessary for successful wrestling



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