How To Develop A Level Change And Penetration Step

Developing good leg attacks is essential to become a well rounded wrestler. By learning how to correctly change levels and have a good penetration step, you will be on your way to mastering take downs. This drill is one that can be practiced with or without a partner, which is one of the reasons why it is so useful. It takes a great deal of balance, coordination, and explosiveness to be able to change levels and attack. It is worth your time to use this drill to help develop those attributes.

A couple of key points to remember for this drill is to 1) keep your head up and looking forward 2) bend at the knees so that you can actually change your level 3) as you hit your shot, make sure that your trail leg quickly comes up to the side to help maintain balance as well as provide another post to drive off of. It is great to be able to get in deep on a shot, but you also need to be able to finish the shot. If you get stuck down on your knees, the task of finishing your take downs becomes much more difficult. That is why it is important to have your feet ready to drive as you get to your opponent’s legs.

Take the time to work this drill into your daily wrestling routine, and watch as your take downs improve.

Mastering Stance and Motion

Anytime that you want to be the best in something, whether it is the best on the team, best in the state, best in the country, best in the world, you need to have a good solid foundation and understanding of the fundamentals. The importance of mastering the basics cannot be emphasized enough. With wrestling the base of a successful wrestler is his stance. If you have a good stance and can move well, you will be on your way to mastering more advanced techniques further down the road. Let me share with you a story about how practicing the basic fundamentals of stance helped me.

My sophomore year started off well. I was winning all of my matches and getting better every day. However, I wrestled against this one particular opponent that had a very good low level shot. He beat me in a dual meet at his high school. It was my first and only loss of the year. I was very upset about losing, but I was also very serious about getting better and not letting the same thing happen to me later in the year. I went to work on my stance. My coach worked with me to correct the problem that was leaving me vulnerable to my opponent’s low level attack. I was confident that in the future I would be able to win the next time that I matched up with the same wrestler.

Fast forward a couple of months to the semi finals of the state championships. I was going to wrestle the same opponent who had taken me down four times straight in our earlier meeting. However, this time, I was prepared for his low level attack. I made the corrections that I needed to in order to fix my stance, and he wasn’t able to score a single take down. I dominated the match and went on to win my first state championship. It was a great feeling, and it helped me to realize even more the importance of a good solid stance.

Take the time to implement stance and motion training in all of your wrestling practices. You can use it to warm up or cool down after a tough workout. I used to spend a lot of time on my own moving in my stance and working on the motions that would help me to develop the muscle memory and quickness that I would need to excel. Watch this video to learn how you can work on improving your stance.

Don’t think, just throw. – Coach Ruiz

The Importance of Year Round Wrestling

the importance of year round training

There is no off season.

Think about the last time you heard a really great musician. Do you think that they were able to develop their musical ability by practicing a few months out of the year? Do you think that they would take breaks from practicing for months at a time? Or do you think that they dedicated a large part of their life to honing their skills to perfection, with an obsession to be the very best at their craft?

I tend to believe that most people who are excellent at what they do have developed that skill on purpose through countless hours of practice and repetition. They have a specific plan or strategy in place on how to improve. They know what they want, why they want it, and the steps that they are going to take to get what they want. The process they follow is what sets them apart from the rest of their peers.

This process is the same in wrestling. It is imperative to know what you want, why you want it, and you need to have a plan to get where you want to go. For the very successful wrestler, there is no off season.

The wrestlers who consistently win are the ones that spend more time training and competing than their peers do. Most of the kids that win national tournaments are the ones that wrestle in the spring, summer, and fall, and not just in the state tournament at the end of the winter. The wrestlers who consistently win are the ones who don’t really have an off season.

Sure there are different times of the year when there will be more competition and specific wrestling training than other times of the year, but the successful wrestler will constantly be working to improve their skills. Instead of wrestling every day after a the national tournament or the world championships, they may go for a run or lift some weights, but they are focused on improving themselves for their next match.

At Fortius Wrestling, we are committed to helping athletes achieve their goals both on and off the mat. We realize that the key to success is hard work and spending time on the tasks that will bring desired results. We encourage all of our athletes to train and compete year round and to seek out the best competition possible. We would like our athletes to broaden their horizons and to visualize themselves wrestling in the world championships and Olympics. It is possible, but in order for these athletes to really make that happen, they need to make sure that they are training consistently throughout the year.

So the next time you think of wrestling season, realize that it isn’t just a few months in the winter, really it’s every day.