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.
There are many ways to defend from a single leg attack. Today’s technique focuses on countering your opponent from the standing single leg position and ending up scoring points from that position. Pay close attention to Erkin’s hand placement as he secures this move. He does a good job of basically grabbing a two on one while his opponent is controlling his leg. This is a great defensive technique, especially if you need to score multiple points at the end of a match that you might be losing.
We are very fortunate to have Erkin as a coach. He grew up in his native Uzbekistan and trained under some of the top talent and training programs from the former Soviet Union, a country that was known for their dominance in the sport of wrestling. Even today the countries that used to make up the Soviet Union are still very successful in the sport of wrestling at the Olympic and World Championship level.
Feel free to stop by during a practice to learn more great technique and prepare to be a wrestling champion.
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.
There are so many different types of shots in wrestling that it is easy to ask yourself “which one is the best?” My answer to that would be, “whatever works for you and your wrestling stlye.” In a previous post, we covered a type of shot where you drive through your opponent and change direction. That type of shot is best for double leg attacks and high crotch attacks. The type of shot that we are covering today is good for single leg attacks. Even if you have a good double or high crotch, you are still going to want to develop a decent single leg attack.
By having the ability to attack both sides of the body, you allow yourself a better chance of scoring even when your opponent is able to shut down your offense to one side of your body. If my opponent is protecting his left leg from my left side high crotch, then it is very likely that his right leg will be leading. If I can shoot a single leg to that right side, then I will have a better chance of being able to score on my opponent, even though he isn’t giving me my preferred attack. It is this game of strategy and cat and mouse that makes wrestling fun. You execute a technique, and your opponent executes a counter. Then you have to come up with a way to beat the counter and score points. Back and forth, back and forth you learn how to create opportunities.
Creating opportunities in wrestling is much like creating opportunities in life in general. Maybe you learn how do something really well, but then a change in your industry or life circumstances makes you find a new way to survive, excel, and thrive. If you learn how to counter the counters, you will be more successful. If you aren’t able to counter the counters, you might have a rough spot until you learn to adapt.
Learn how to counter the counters and develop the techniques and skills that you need to be successful. Come train with us at Fortius Wrestling, and see the difference that you can make in your wrestling.
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.
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.