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Excessive Faculty Wrestling: My 10 Favourite Strikes

I by no means used throws in my wrestling profession. Throws simply weren’t my factor. Excessive amplitude throws look cool and might rating a wrestler 5 factors rapidly and perhaps even lead to a pin. However, throws are additionally excessive threat strikes. Throws are high-risk, high-reward strikes. Investing in commodities can be a high-risk, high-reward endeavor. I would fairly put my cash right into a financial savings account or a CD with an assured fee of return on my funding.

Equally, within the sport of wrestling I would fairly put my apply time to make use of on drilling double legs, single legs, and stand-ups. Within the sport of soccer, you see a variety of hand-offs and brief passes. You do not usually see trick performs or actually lengthy passes (i.e. the bomb). Typically a crew will kick a subject objective as a substitute of making an attempt for the landing as a result of the sphere objective is extra of a certain factor. I feel you see what I am getting at. It is good to study throws and counters to throws. Nevertheless, often the basics win wrestling matches. That is most likely a message you’ve gotten heard earlier than. Ninety p.c of the time, you’ll most likely use the identical strikes. You could use a unique model of the transfer or set it up in another way, however use the identical fundamental transfer nonetheless.

I had a teammate in junior excessive who appreciated to headlock everybody he wrestled. That labored in junior excessive, however it stopped working in highschool. Should you’re good at throws then go for it. However, most NCAA champions and freestyle Olympic champions usually are not throwers. Watch a video of John Smith or Tom Manufacturers and see how usually they do a throw. I do not assume I’ve ever seen both wrestler do a throw in competitors.

A lot of the following strikes can simply be discovered on-line or in books. A number of are featured in on-line movies. I am certain you already know all of those strikes. They’re fundamental strikes. However, elementary strikes win matches which is why everybody makes use of them. The secret is to seek out the correct strategies for making use of these strikes. Keep in mind the significance of setting your strikes up and never simply wildly capturing takedowns. Concentrate on your place always. Do not attempt to emulate different wrestlers or do strikes simply because your coach thinks they’re good. Discover out what works for you. Take the time to study your craft (i.e. wrestling). Do not be lured in by fancy strikes or instantaneous gratification. Follow and drill elementary strikes religiously. Do not spend time in apply or in competitors performing strikes which can be solely more likely to work two p.c of the time. Now then, listed here are my ten favourite strikes.

1. Double leg takedown

The double leg is likely one of the first strikes I discovered. The double leg is likely one of the first strikes most wrestlers study. The game of judo has an identical method often called morote- gari (two-handed reap or double leg seize). What could possibly be extra fundamental than tackling somebody by grabbing each of his legs? Youngsters most likely do it the entire time. In fact, it’s kind of tougher than that. Correct method is required. You do not need to get overextended. You opponent may snap you down and spin round or put you in a entrance headlock. Due to this fact, just be sure you take a deep penetration step whereas holding your hips beneath you. Some wrestlers prefer to drive by way of their opponents and a few prefer to carry their opponent off the bottom to complete the double leg. In junior excessive we have been all the time advised, “On a double leg you retain your head on the skin. On a single leg you retain your head on the within.” Typically you possibly can lock your palms whereas doing a double leg after which use your head as a pry to take your opponent down. I had a highschool teammate who used the double leg takedown 99% of the time when he was on his ft. He positioned third within the state event throughout his senior yr. Typically you will get away with doing the identical transfer repeatedly while you’re actually good at it. You may usually swap off to a double leg after performing a excessive crotch. The double leg is a reasonably low-risk transfer. Should you do not end it, you usually merely find yourself again in your ft once more. Former UFC champion Matt Hughes executed double legs in matches usually and slammed his opponents to the canvas. Blended martial artists usually discover ways to carry out a double leg. In fact, you possibly can’t slam your opponent in folkstyle wrestling. However, the double leg takedown is a superb transfer. The double leg is a excessive proportion transfer (i.e. it usually works).

2. Single leg takedown

The one leg is one other fundamental takedown. I used primarily single leg takedowns in highschool. There are quite a few methods to arrange and end a single leg. The one leg can be a excessive proportion transfer. Push and pull your opponent inflicting him to deliver the leg you need to assault ahead. Make him “heavy” on the foot you need to assault. Decrease your stage and shoot in along with your hips beneath you as a powerful basis. Maintain your head inside and get an angle off to his aspect. Or, do not tie up and easily be sure to are shut sufficient to carry out your shot with out getting overextended. I feel it is pretty straightforward to shoot a single leg. I feel the actual secret is having the ability to end it. You’ll have to pivot round and seize his far ankle. You’ll have to get his ankle in your knee that will help you carry his leg. You’ll have to tripod up after which do a “boot scoot.” Spend a variety of time working in your ties, set-ups, and finishes for single legs and different takedowns.

3. Excessive crotch takedown

The excessive crotch is a sort of single leg. It is also much like a duck beneath. You may arrange a excessive crotch from an underhook, a two-on-one tie, or many different methods. I prefer to hit a excessive crotch after which end it by switching off to a double leg.

4. Whizzer

If somebody shoots for a takedown, you possibly can sprawl, whizzer, and crossface him. I think about a whizzer to be a fundamental and efficient transfer for countering leg assaults. The whizzer includes a deep overhook in your opponent’s close to arm when he’s in deep on a takedown try. The strain of a whizzer in your opponent’s arm is commonly sufficient to fend off his assault. Typically in a whizzer state of affairs, you possibly can wrap your free hand round his neck and drive him to the mat in a half nelson. Different occasions you find yourself in your ft with the whizzer nonetheless safe and you’ll attempt to hip toss your opponent. The whizzer is a vital transfer and needs to be drilled usually.

5. Stand-up

That is probably the most commonplace transfer for escaping from the underside place. Maintain your elbows in, explosively arise, break your opponent’s grip, and switch to face him. Hand and wrist management is vital. You will must be good at hand preventing. After you break his grip, you possibly can attempt to take his captured hand and place it in your “again pocket” earlier than you flip rapidly to face him. Stand-ups are nice for getting that 1-point escape. Just remember to aggressively search a takedown instantly after getting the escape.

6. Change

I like the swap. The swap is probably the most elementary reversal method in wrestling. It includes a hip heist kind motion. Typically it helps to push again into your opponent earlier than you pivot and scoot your hips out to hit the swap. I actually loved doing the “standing swap” in highschool. I’d arise from the underside place. When he pulled me again to the mat, I’d instantly hit a swap. It’s best to know how one can do a standing swap.

7. Sit-out

That is one other elementary transfer from the underside place. After you obtain the sit-out place, you possibly can usually execute a hip heist and escape. As well as, in case your opponent sticks his head over your shoulder, you possibly can seize it, rotate onerous in the wrong way, and put him on his again. The sit-out is key and you need to know how one can carry out it.

8. Cross-body leg journey

The cross-body journey is carried out from the highest place and includes placing one or each of your legs inside your opponent’s legs. We used to name it the “cowboy journey” if a wrestler put each of his legs in. I appreciated utilizing a cross-body journey after I was having bother holding my opponent down within the backside place. I used to do turks and guillotines from the cross-body place. Typically I merely used the journey to interrupt opponents down. I used to be as soon as ridden for a complete interval by an opponent who put each legs in and used a drive half nelson. That was not enjoyable. The cross-body could be higher-risk. It’s important to maintain your again arched and never let your self get too far ahead in your opponent’s again. Nonetheless, I feel it is an efficient transfer. Olympic champion Ben Peterson was good at leg driving.

9. Arm bar (a.okay.a. the hen wing)

The arm bar was my favourite pinning transfer. I used single and double arm bars usually. I appreciated to safe a single arm bar after which swing my leg over my opponent’s head and use it as a pry. This often obtained my opponent to show over to his again. Dan Gable was distinctive at arm bars.

10. Entrance quarter nelson

The entrance quarter nelson is a superb transfer after you’ve gotten sprawled and stopped an opponent’s shot. You place one hand on the again of his head whereas threading your different hand behind his close to arm. You then place the hand you have threaded behind his close to arm on prime of the hand on the again of his head. You apply strain, elevate his close to arm, and drive his head to the mat. You may usually flip him onto his again on this method. I used to use a entrance quarter nelson, get my opponent shifting one route, after which arm drag or shuck him as I spun round behind for the takedown.

Different Favourite Strikes

  • Granby roll
  • Cradles
  • Low single
  • Ankle choose
  • Inside journey (in judo it is referred to as ouchi-gari)
  • Arm drag
  • Half nelson

Keep in mind, fundamentals win wrestling matches. Follow onerous and drill your strikes religiously. I hope a few of my favourite strikes are favorites of yours too.

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