I by no means used throws in my wrestling profession. Throws simply weren’t my factor. Excessive amplitude throws look cool and may rating a wrestler 5 factors shortly and possibly even lead to a pin. However, throws are additionally excessive threat strikes. Throws are high-risk, high-reward strikes. Investing in commodities can also be a high-risk, high-reward endeavor. I would reasonably put my cash right into a financial savings account or a CD with an assured price of return on my funding.
Equally, within the sport of wrestling I would reasonably put my apply time to make use of on drilling double legs, single legs, and stand-ups. Within the sport of soccer, you see plenty of hand-offs and brief passes. You do not typically see trick performs or actually lengthy passes (i.e. the bomb). Typically a group will kick a area 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 believe you see what I am getting at. It is good to be taught throws and counters to throws. Nonetheless, normally the basics win wrestling matches. That is in all probability a message you’ve gotten heard earlier than. Ninety % of the time, you’ll in all probability use the identical strikes. You could use a unique model of the transfer or set it up in another way, however use the identical primary transfer nonetheless.
I had a teammate in junior excessive who preferred to headlock everybody he wrestled. That labored in junior excessive, nevertheless it stopped working in highschool. When you’re good at throws then go for it. However, most NCAA champions and freestyle Olympic champions aren’t throwers. Watch a video of John Smith or Tom Manufacturers and see how typically they do a throw. I do not assume I’ve ever seen both wrestler do a throw in competitors.
Many 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 understand all of those strikes. They’re primary strikes. However, basic strikes win matches which is why everybody makes use of them. The bottom line is to search out the correct strategies for making use of these strikes. Bear in mind the significance of setting your strikes up and never simply wildly capturing takedowns. Pay attention to 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 be taught your craft (i.e. wrestling). Do not be lured in by fancy strikes or on the spot gratification. Observe and drill basic strikes religiously. Do not spend time in apply or in competitors performing strikes which can be solely prone to work two % of the time. Now then, listed here are my ten favourite strikes.
1. Double leg takedown
The double leg is among the first strikes I discovered. The double leg is among the first strikes most wrestlers be taught. The game of judo has an analogous approach often called morote- gari (two-handed reap or double leg seize). What could possibly be extra primary than tackling somebody by grabbing each of his legs? Children in all probability do it all the time. After all, it’s kind of tougher than that. Correct approach 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 remember to take a deep penetration step whereas conserving your hips underneath you. Some wrestlers wish to drive by their opponents and a few wish to elevate their opponent off the bottom to complete the double leg. In junior excessive we had been at all times advised, “On a double leg you retain your head on the surface. On a single leg you retain your head on the within.” Typically you possibly can lock your fingers 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 12 months. Typically you may get away with doing the identical transfer repeatedly once you’re actually good at it. You possibly can typically swap off to a double leg after performing a excessive crotch. The double leg is a reasonably low-risk transfer. When you do not end it, you typically merely find yourself again in your ft once more. Former UFC champion Matt Hughes executed double legs in matches typically and slammed his opponents to the canvas. Combined martial artists typically learn to carry out a double leg. After all, you possibly can’t slam your opponent in folkstyle wrestling. However, the double leg takedown is a good transfer. The double leg is a excessive share transfer (i.e. it typically works).
2. Single leg takedown
The only leg is one other primary takedown. I used primarily single leg takedowns in highschool. There are quite a few methods to arrange and end a single leg. The only leg can also be a excessive share transfer. Push and pull your opponent inflicting him to carry 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 underneath you as a powerful basis. Preserve your head inside and get an angle off to his aspect. Or, do not tie up and easily be sure you are shut sufficient to carry out your shot with out getting overextended. I believe it is pretty simple to shoot a single leg. I believe 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 elevate his leg. You’ll have to tripod up after which do a “boot scoot.” Spend plenty of time working in your ties, set-ups, and finishes for single legs and different takedowns.
three. Excessive crotch takedown
The excessive crotch is a type of single leg. It is also much like a duck underneath. You possibly can arrange a excessive crotch from an underhook, a two-on-one tie, or many different methods. I wish to hit a excessive crotch after which end it by switching off to a double leg.
If somebody shoots for a takedown, you possibly can sprawl, whizzer, and crossface him. I think about a whizzer to be a primary and efficient transfer for countering leg assaults. The whizzer entails a deep overhook in your opponent’s close to arm when he’s in deep on a takedown try. The stress 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 crucial transfer and needs to be drilled typically.
That is essentially the most commonplace transfer for escaping from the underside place. Preserve your elbows in, explosively get up, break your opponent’s grip, and switch to face him. Hand and wrist management is vital. You may 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 shortly 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.
I like the swap. The swap is essentially the most basic reversal approach in wrestling. It entails 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 get up from the underside place. When he pulled me again to the mat, I’d instantly hit a swap. It is best to know how one can do a standing swap.
That is one other basic transfer from the underside place. After you obtain the sit-out place, you possibly can typically 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 laborious in the wrong way, and put him on his again. The sit-out is key and it is best to know how one can carry out it.
eight. Cross-body leg journey
The cross-body journey is carried out from the highest place and entails placing one or each of your legs within your opponent’s legs. We used to name it the “cowboy journey” if a wrestler put each of his legs in. I preferred utilizing a cross-body journey after I was having hassle conserving 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 whole interval by an opponent who put each legs in and used a power half nelson. That was not enjoyable. The cross-body will 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 believe it is an efficient transfer. Olympic champion Ben Peterson was good at leg using.
9. Arm bar (a.okay.a. the hen wing)
The arm bar was my favourite pinning transfer. I used single and double arm bars typically. I preferred to safe a single arm bar after which swing my leg over my opponent’s head and use it as a pry. This normally bought 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 good 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 stress, elevate his close to arm, and power his head to the mat. You possibly can typically flip him onto his again on this method. I used to use a entrance quarter nelson, get my opponent shifting one course, after which arm drag or shuck him as I spun round behind for the takedown.
Different Favourite Strikes
- Granby roll
- Low single
- Ankle decide
- Inside journey (in judo it is known as ouchi-gari)
- Arm drag
- Half nelson
Bear in mind, fundamentals win wrestling matches. Observe laborious and drill your strikes religiously. I hope a few of my favourite strikes are favorites of yours too.