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Justin Ruiz is a college and youth wrestling coach. He was a 2x NCAA All American for the University of Nebraska, 6x World Team Member, and a World Bronze Medalist. He is currently an assistant coach at Utah Valley University and is one of the founders,partners, and coaches of Fortius Wrestling Club, a club that offers wrestling training and coaching to elementary, junior high, and high school athletes. To contact Justin visit the link here. Please remember to like the Fortius Wrestling page on Facebook here. You can also sign up for email updates via the form on the home page.
The tilt is a great technique to score quick and easy points from the top position. A couple of key points are to use your legs to drive forward and keep pressure on your opponent, and to control your opponent’s hips and arm.
When you are using your knee to drive your opponent forward, you should literally knee him in the butt. The forward momentum will help to knock him off of his base, and it will make it easier for you to trap your opponent’s arm.
To keep your opponent’s arm controlled, I like to grip with my thumb next to my index finger instead of wrapping the thumb around his bicep. Then you want to pull your elbow back and towards your ribs. After you suck the arm back and keep your elbow pinched to your side, it is hard for your opponent to get his arm back.
Your other arm should be wrapping deep around your opponent’s waist to control his hips. Make sure to drive forward over the shoulder to pull his hips close to yours.
Take the time to master this move, and you will see how easy it is to pick up points from the top position.
One of the worst places to be during a wrestling match is to be stuck underneath a good leg rider. The leg ride position allows the top wrestler to use a lot of pressure to wear down their opponents lower back. Being on the bottom for too long can take a lot of energy out of the wrestler. It is very important to get to a good position that will allow the bottom wrestler an opportunity to take the control back in the match. There are a couple of key points to consider.
The first thing that you want to be aware of is that you need to protect your arms, especially the arm that is opposite of the leg that your opponent has in. So for example, if your opponent has their left leg in, you will want to protect your right arm at all costs. That opposite arm is the one that your opponent will most likely be attacking. I like to pull my arm in and keep it tucked tightly against my body. This helps to prevent the top wrestler to be able to get my arm and crank on it or pull it back.
The second thing that I like to do is to sit to the hip on the same side that he has his leg in. This helps you to get off of your base and it puts him on his butt. If I end up on my stomach and he is free to crank over my hips with his leg, that is really going to wear out my lower back and provide him with a chance to turn me. Also if he gets on opportunity to crank on me from the top position, it will make me more tired as I do get up to my feet. I want to spend as little time as possible underneath my opponent.
The key to being successful on the bottom position is to always be moving and improving your position. You only need to make small improvements, but the key is to keep advancing. You have to be patient, and you have to be smart. If you rush something or panic, you are more likely to provide your opponent with opportunities to score.
I hope that this video will help you to find your way to get out of a leg ride, just in case you find yourself in that position.
This video shows another one of Erkin’s favorite ways to defend the single leg attack. He does a great job of stuffing the head and pinching the head with his legs. Surprisingly, there are a lot of wrestlers who don’t take full advantage of the ability to use the legs in wrestling. If you are able to use your legs to your advantage, more and more scoring opportunities will continue to open up. You should also know that Erkin has his opponents waist wrapped tightly with his arm. As he drives his opponent over his hips and shoulder, he releases his arm from the waist so that he can post with it as he hits the mat with his opponent. If you don’t release your arm from the waist, it is easy to get caught up back in a scramble position that will give your opponent an opportunity to score.
This technique just like any other requires lots and lots of repetitions to master it. If you see a technique that you like, take time every day to drill it over and over so that you can get the move down and use it in competition. It is a process of working on a little bit here and there to become very effective with it. Don’t get frustrated if you don’t get it the first time out, most people don’t. Be patient with yourself and keep getting the reps in. You will be glad that you did.
The front head lock is a very common position in all types of wrestling. You can find yourself in the position from a poor shot by your opponent or you can snap them down and force them into the position. It is definitely worth the effort to learn how to do this technique well and develop the ability to execute the move in competition.
The first step to having a good front head lock is to get your opponent to tense up a little bit. This tension in your opponent will allow you to move him easier than if he is relaxed. One of the best ways to create this tension is to push into your opponent and use your hips to create pressure on him. The second step is to pull him down to the mat. You need to work hard to get his elbow on the mat because that allows you to get past one of his lines of defense. Keep your weight on his elbow as you circle around. The third step is to get a solid hold of your opponent’s leg. I like to grab the hamstring. The reason we want to get to a leg is to keep his hips from moving around. As you try to go around your opponent, he will try to square up with you and face you. He knows that if he gives you the angle that it will be hard for him to get it back. After you have the leg secure, keep circling around behind your opponent until you can scoop their ankle with your foot. This will help to secure the take down as well as prevent your opponent from moving much in the bottom position. It also opens up a new series of techniques that you can apply from the top position.
Hopefully as you continue to work on this technique, you will be able to see how effective this move is for scoring on opponents even at a very high level of wrestling. Good luck and please keep checking back for more great wrestling tips and techniques.