Ever wonder why we run at camp? Or, why we don’t allow headphones during the runs? We train the way we do because running (without headphones) teaches you to deal with pain, to push yourself when you're tired, and to stay focused. Running builds your endurance both physically and mentally, teaches you HOW to train, and proves that you can push yourself harder than you’ve ever thought possible. These are skills that can then be applied during a wrestling match when you're tired.
This high crotch lift finish is an alternative to driving across to a double leg. It’s important to quickly go to another finish if your opponent stops your initial finish attempt. Make sure to get your hips underneath you so you can explode and lift your opponent in the air.
Endurance, strength, technique, and mental attitude are the four keys to becoming a great wrestler. Of those, endurance is the most difficult to master because of the time, energy, and commitment required.
The Peek Out is a great move to counter your opponent after he has stopped your single leg takedown. This move must be hit quickly in order to prevent your opponent from getting to a front-head position.
Throughout the wrestling season, but especially during state tournament time, the fear of failure is one of the most difficult mental obstacles that athletes face. Fear is unavoidable, but if you recognize it, acknowledge it, and channel it in a positive way, you can free your mind to focus on the things that you can control. In this video, J Robinson discusses the fear of failure, what it means for athletes, and how to overcome it.
This scramble position has become a popular way to defend against a takedown in recent years instead of the fundamental sprawl defense. Crossing your feet and positioning your weight over your opponent is a great way to stop him from gaining an offensive position.
The fear of fatigue is a challenge that many successful competitors must confront. Although everyone gets tired, highly conditioned athletes may believe tiredness is a sign of weakness. The key is to maintain a higher level of performance than your opponent when you are both tired. That's why we practice the way we do at camp. Each time you practice under the pressure of fatigue, you get a little better at it. Then, when it's time to compete, you know you've done it before, and you can do it again.
If you’re having trouble finishing your high crotch takedowns, use this alternative finish to counter your opponent’s defense that is preventing you from switching off to a double leg.
Use this move to beat your opponent’s whizzer to finish a high single leg.
The Cutback Single Leg Finish is an alternative way to take down your opponent. This move is best utilized when you are unable to turn the corner or create an angle on your traditional single leg takedown due to heavy pressure from your opponent.
These two defensive moves are a great way to stop a low single attack. The basic defense allows you to stay in a good position and transfer into a front headlock series. The scramble defense is riskier and should only be used as a last resort once your opponent is deep in on the shot. However, if used correctly, it can be turned into a scoring position.
This technique from the feet is a great way to get a quick takedown by using your opponent’s momentum against him. The key point of this move is to hit a good fake to one side before attempting the Duck Under to the opposite side.
Use this technique to look for a quick pinning combination from an optional start rather than from the referee's position. It's a great alternative to choosing the neutral position when cutting an opponent.
Chain wrestling allows you to hit multiple offensive moves in a row and recover from your opponent's counters. In our last technique video, we showed how to hit an ankle pick from a pass-by. In this video, we'll show you how to transition to a single leg from a pass-by after a missed ankle pick.