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    with John Smith,
    Oklahoma State University Head Coach,

    • 5x NCAA Championship coach, 2016 NCAA Runners-Up
    • 2016 Big 12 Coach of the Year - 9x Big 12 Coach of the Year
    • 2018 Big 12 Champions - 20x Big 12 Conference Champions
    • 2x Olympic Gold Medalist
    • 6x World Champion
    • 2x NCAA Champion

    Quickly improve your wrestlers footwork. Sharpen penetration and level changing skills. Develop wrestling instincts in your athletes.

    John Smith opens his drill catalog and delivers over 20 of his most effective practice drills. These are the same drills that have delivered five NCAA Championships to Oklahoma State.

    Smith divides these demanding drills into eight areas.

    • Stance, Motion and Level Change Drills
    • Back Arch Drills
    • Speed & Balance Drills
    • Conditioning Drills
    • Hip Heist Drills
    • Stand Up Drill
    • Hip Toss Drill
    • Sit Out Drills

    Using these drills repeatedly will develop the instincts in your athletes that they need to win matches.

    Quickly improve the footwork that is critical to wrestling success. Develop the explosion your wrestlers need on their feet using Smith's back arch drills. Teach your wrestlers to pick up their feet, hit shots quicker, drop to a sprawl faster, and avoid a takedown. Improve balance, down wrestling technique and more!

    These drills can be done individually or with a partner and will give your wrestlers a lot of work in a short amount of time.

    John Smith as a coach and wrestler has won championships at nearly every level of wrestling: Olympics, Worlds, NCAA and more. These drills have been key factors in his success. You can do these same drills in your wrestling room today!

    48 minutes 2009.


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    with Ben Askren,
    Arizona St. University Assistant Coach;
    2X NCAA Champ and 2X Dan Hodge Trophy winner from the University of Missouri

    Ben Askren's "funk" style of wrestling is widely known for its aggressiveness- evidence of this is his school records 91 career falls and 29 falls in a season. Askren shows the secrets of his favorite pinning combinations. He focuses on three pinning holds: the inside cradle, outside cradle, and the hammerlock. Askren teaches a number of finishes for each, showing how to score the fall no matter what your opponent tries to do to counter it. He also includes his brand of the three-quarter nelson, as well as his own creation - 'the Assassin,' which originated from a freestyle move. He covers each move from breakdown to finish, and details how he made each move work in college. These moves are applicable at all levels of wrestling.

    38 minutes. 2007.


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    with Mark Ironside;
    2X NCAA Champion at the University of Iowa,
    1998 Dan Hodge Trophy winner

    Mark Ironside teaches you his "go to" escape that helped him earn two NCAA Championships - the Sitback Series. The Sitback differs from the traditional sit-out in that you are moving back into your opponent, which helps keep your hips underneath you and give you a better chance to control your opponent's hands. Ironside begins by showing the proper starting position, and then breaks down his Sitback, and includes a lesson on how to do a proper hip heist. Once the basics are covered, Ironside shows how to effectively execute the Sitback versus many common situations your wrestlers may find themselves in, including a 2-on-1, underhook, bar arm and more. This escape works well for those wrestlers who don't have that "explosive reflex" off the bottom. Ironside calls the Sitback series "a move that can make good wrestlers great!"

    48 minutes. 2006.


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    with Rob Koll,
    Cornell University Head Coach;

    • 2017 EIWA Champions - 11 consecutive EIWA Conference Championships (2007-17)
    • 2017 EIWA Coach of the Year
    • 15 consecutive Ivy League titles (2003-17)
    • Back-to-Back NCAA Championships Runner-Up (2010-11)
    • 2011 NWCA National Duals Champions
    • 2005 NWCA Division I Coach of the Year
    • 2x World Cup Champion
    • NCAA Champ and 4x All-American

    includes instruction from Damion Hahn, Matt Azevedo and Jeremy Spates

    See what it's like to be in the wrestling room at Cornell University. In this unique wrestling DVD, Rob Koll opens the doors to three of his practices from the 2010 season. Experience the inner-workings of Cornell practices, get drills and techniques you can use in your program and see what it takes to run a championship caliber practice.

    DAY ONE:
    Koll and his staff introduce new techniques that will be incorporated into each practice throughout the year. Koll's techniques and drills center around the three main goals of the Cornell program: Be strong defensively, be tough on top and don't get ridden.

    First day highlights include:

    • Front Headlock Series - Taught by Assistant Coach Damion Hahn. You will see how Cornell wrestlers use the front headlock as an offensive weapon. This motion based technique will get your opponent off balance, which opens him up and gives your wrestler many scoring options.
    • Leg Series - Jeremy Spates shows you a punishing leg ride series that will keep your opponent on the mat and lead to back points for your wrestlers. Spates includes a lift and throw technique, as well as troubleshooting counter defense ideas.
    • Drill Work - This practice includes 30 minutes of drill work including 14 drills to perfect takedowns, defense, tilts and stand-ups.

    DAY TWO:
    The second day of practice features a lighter workout. In it you will see the team demonstrate more than 10 weightlifting exercises that will not only build strength, but help maintain it through the season. These lifts feature resistance bands and dumb bells.

    The technique session focuses on:

    • Attacking Ties to Dominate the Position - Assistant Coach Matt Azevedo emphasizes putting pressure on your opponent. See how your wrestlers can use their hands to move their opponent to create angles for high percentage scores. Azevedo also demonstrates how to beat a thumb block.
    • Breakdowns - Azevedo teaches a tight waist chop and spiral breakdown and how to use them to get into the leg series that was shown in Day One.

    DAY THREE:
    In the third practice, Coach Koll focuses on two techniques:

    • Collar Tie to Russian Tie - Stay tight and use the set-up to hit a drag or high crotch takedown.
    • Leg Defense - Coach Spates shows four ways to prevent the leg from getting in, which is the best defense to any leg rider. In addition, he shows the hip smash technique, which will get your opponent off the leg if he beats your defense. You'll also see how to defend the power half and how to free yourself from a scissor/figure four ride.
    • Grind Match Drills - Get your wrestlers focused on technique when they are tired!

    This is the first wrestling practice planning DVD of its kind. This DVD package delivers technique, drills and coaching points all in a live setting, giving you the full experience of a championship-caliber practice.

    250 minutes (3 DVDs). 2010.

    All Access videos are designed to allow viewers from all over the world to see how successful coaches run their practices in a "live" practice setting. All Access videos allow viewers to see the practices un-edited and in real-time. You will see how top coaches run their drills, interact with their team and staff, how they motivate their team, the cue words they use, the atmosphere of the practice and how practices are structured from day to day. Many coaches visit successful colleges and high schools to watch practice. But if you live out of state or out of the country, visiting another coach's practice can be costly. That's why we created the All Access Practice Series of videos -- to bring the practices to you!


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    by Phil Henning

    The Predicament Wrestling Scorebook contains 48 team scoring pages in the front and 48 wrestler statistics pages in the back half where 24 wrestlers get their own 2 pages on which you can chronologically record all their stats in up to 64 matches! The features of this scoring book are the best untearable red poly covers (front and back), 14" x 10" size, spiral bound along the top edge, team tournament summary forms, team dual meet summary forms, wrestlers' season statistics summary forms, updated each year to allow for rule changes! Dan Gable, Iowa's legendary wrestling coach used the Predicament Wrestling Scorebook during his last 15 years of coaching! (So did over 2400 other schools last year!)


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  • 10/03/18--22:00: The Art of Hand Fighting
  • with Mark Ironside,
    2x NCAA Champ and 4x All-American at the University of Iowa; 1998 Dan Hodge Trophy winner

    Hand fighting is an essential wrestling skill. Two-time National Champion Mark Ironside shares drills for becoming an effective hand fighter and, in turn, a more dangerous wrestler on your feet.

    Hand fighting is about moving your opponent so that you can set up your attacks. Coach Ironside takes a novel approach to the skill: He believes that a level of high intensity and complete domination must be maintained throughout the match. He stresses that wrestlers should set a fast pace and maintain it throughout the match.

    Coach Ironside covers the basic strategy of hand fighting in the neutral position, such as not reaching, keeping elbows close, using heavy hands, applying constant pressure and immediately re-attacking. He demonstrates how to correctly close the gap when hand fighting, which maintains a good position and makes it easier to move an opponent.

    He shares several drills for quickly improving positioning, including a push-pull drill that teaches wrestlers to move their hands and feet together. From these hand fighting techniques, Coach Ironside shows how to get and use four control ties, such as the 2-1, double inside tie and inside tie/wrist combination. He shows ways to control and clear these ties that will move your opponent. Each of these ties works together to create a potent offense that will exhaust your opponent. While demonstrating these ties, Coach Ironside also shows several takedowns.

    Finally, Coach Ironside demonstrates how to drill hand fighting with a partner and how to clear a front head lock.

    Don't just hand fight; use it to create an offense that cannot be beat! Let Mark Ironside show you how to enhance your hand fighting skills to score from the neutral position.

    55 minutes. 2014.


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    with Kyle Dake,
    member of the 2018 US Men's Freestyle World Cup Team (79 kg) - 2018 UWW World Cup Champions;
    4x National Champion at Cornell University;
    first wrestler in NCAA history to win four NCAA titles at four different weight classes;
    2013 Hodge Trophy winner, 4x NCAA Division I All-American;
    2013 Sports Illustrated Male Collegiate Athlete of the Year

    This is the video that all coaches and wrestlers have been waiting for!

    Learn to wrestle and score from the claw position - the same series that took Kyle Dake to four NCAA championships. Kyle Dake demonstrates his favorite series as he takes you step-by-step through the series of tilts and turns that he has used to find success.

    You'll see everything from how to start on top of your opponent all the way through several scoring opportunities that the Claw provides. Dake goes step-by-step through several types of common claw rides and how to use them to score and pin your opponent. He teaches wrestlers to not be afraid to go to their back in order to create scoring opportunities.

    Dake divides his instruction into six parts:

    Drills
    Discover six drills that can be incorporated into your daily workouts that teach the basic fundamentals needed to be successful with this claw series. These drills will help you get comfortable when your back is compromised. Exposing your back is sometimes necessary to score, but control is imperative.

    Learn how to establish and maintain control from a variety of positions, and pick up a few tricks that will help you feel at ease in these positions. In addition, coaches will learn how to make these drills both fun and competitive to maximize results.

    Lining Up
    Lining up properly from the top position can give wrestlers an advantage before the whistle even blows. They will learn how to "line up heavy" to make their opponent uncomfortable and take their mind off their defense. This will allow you to take charge and initiate your claw series.

    The Claw
    To successfully turn your opponents with the claw, you have to understand the intricacies of the move. Dake shows you the details of the move, along with the assorted transitions that go along with it. You will see how to apply the basic claw tilt with a thigh pry, deep waist, or wrist and how to make these transitions within the series to become an effective chain wrestler.

    The Half Tilt
    When your opponent stops your claw, you sometimes have to go to a peripheral move. The half tilt is one of those moves. The half tilt is very similar to the claw tilt and equally effective. You will learn how to transition from the claw to the half and its variations, including a knee switch. This is a simple change in direction that will create numerous turn opportunities when your opponent is fighting the claw.

    Getting the Pin
    Your team will score big points with the half tilt, but sometimes points aren't enough. Dake shows how to seal the deal and get the pin after securing back points. He teaches a power claw that can be used against opponents that are very strong and hard to turn and the step through turn for when your opponent flattens out.

    Other Tilts
    In addition to the claw tilt and the half tilt, you will learn to transition into a 2-on-1 tilt and a tight waist tilt and their variations. These transitions will provide you with a solid attack from a variety of angles.

    This video is a superb resource for coaches who are teaching wrestlers how to wrestle from the top position. It is practical technique that will give your wrestlers the knowledge and the confidence they need to control, turn and pin their opponents.

    It is hard to refute the effectiveness of this series after watching Dake use it to secure his fourth national title. By learning and mastering this claw series, you will undoubtedly improve from the top position and take your technique to the next level.

    "[Dake] is an amazing teacher that many coaches can learn from right now, as he is still very close to the action and knows the importance of instilling fun into learning." - Customer Review

    46 minutes. 2013.


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    with Jeff Buxton,
    former Blair Academy Head Wrestling Coach;
    2012 National Prep Champions (32nd straight National Prep title);
    Along with the National Prep title, Blair Academy also won the Ironman, Beast of the East, and Powerade tournament titles in 2012 finishing as the top ranked high school team in the country (the 10th time they have finished #1 since 1995).
    Team of the Decade (2000-09)

    Year-in and year-out one program has been at the top of the high school wrestling world - Blair Academy. Now, for the first time ever, head coach Jeff Buxton open the doors to his practice room to give you an inside look at how he runs Blair Academy wrestling practices.

    This DVD set gives you an excellent look at five in-season practices that focus on technique instruction and drilling segments. Glean valuable tips and ideas on how to set-up "slow drilling" and "hard drilling" sessions that will allow you to get very technical in your teaching. These fast drills will help develop your wrestlers in a live setting and teach them to react and fine-tune their technique so they can match up with the very best.

    Buxton coaches a lot of technique in these five practices. You will see how he teaches in a group setting and in one-on-one situations. Techniques include:

    • Motion on the Feet - Create angles to get to the other side of your opponent and score.
    • Defense - Learn Buxton's down block and sprawl technique to make your opponent "pay the price for shooting."
    • Cut-Aways - Keep your wrists free and learn to get away if your opponent has his arm inside or gets his hands locked.
    • Knee Slides and Change-Overs - Get your opponent on top moving and allow your guys to escape quicker.
    • Inside Control and Attacking the Hands - Snap down and go behinds, mat returns, wrist tilts and more!

    Buxton focuses a lot of attention on the Turk. He delivers a detailed breakdown of how he teaches the hold and provides a few variations of it to earn back points based on how your opponent tries to defend. He shows drills at different levels on the mat that you can put your wrestlers in so they can transition from a takedown right into a Turk.

    In addition to the wrestling technique, you will see a unique horizontal and vertical rope workout, as well as a version of Blair's kettle bell and sand bag strength and conditioning circuit.

    This is a unique look at an elite high school program. Order now and train like a champion this season!

    408 minutes (4 DVDs). 2011.

    All Access videos are designed to allow viewers from all over the world to see how successful coaches run their practices in a "live" practice setting. All Access videos allow viewers to see the practices un-edited and in real-time. You will see how top coaches run their drills, interact with their team and staff, how they motivate their team, the cue words they use, the atmosphere of the practice and how practices are structured from day to day. Many coaches visit successful colleges and high schools to watch practice. But if you live out of state or out of the country, visiting another coach's practice can be costly. That's why we created the All Access Practice Series of videos -- to bring the practices to you!


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    with Russ Cozart, Brandon (FL) HS Head Coach;
    2014 National Wrestling Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS);
    2014 Florida 2A High School State Champions; 25x Florida High School State Champs (including 15 in a row); winners of 459 straight wrestling matches (The Streak), 2x National Coach of the Year; 8x Florida Coach of the Year

    It goes without saying that Russ Cozart knows how to win. The head wrestling coach at Brandon High School has won 25 state titles, including 14 straight (2001-14). Most notably, Coach Cozart is the architect of "The Streak", an unreachable high school scholastic sports record of 459 straight dual meet victories that escalated over the course three decades! A 2012 inductee into the Florida Hall of Fame, Coach Cozart is also a two-time National High School Coach of the Year and eight-time Florida Coach of the Year.

    Follow Coach Cozart inside one of America's most storied high school wrestling programs as he guides the team through a 4-day practice week in preparation for an important 2-day tournament. This Monday through Thursday training period features an assortment of quality drills, technique, conditioning and strength exercises, gymnastic drills and other valuable information. You will learn how to organize your practices to get the most out of your training time. This set is a must for high school, middle school and elementary coaches.

    In this 3-disc DVD package, topics emphasized include:

    • Track Workout - Build your teams aerobic conditioning with these track exercises, starting with the 1 mile run for endurance and dropping in distance all the way down to the 50 yard sprint for explosion.
    • Weight Room Workout - These total body circuit routines start at 30 second intervals and over the course of a season increase to a maximum of 40 seconds the week before the state meet.
    • Practice Structure - Learn when to focus practice on toughness, conditioning, technique and drilling, and when to taper your practice down so your team is fresh for competition.
    • Specialty Moves - Coach Cozart shows some of his favorite moves including foot sweeps, spladles, spladle counters, and the chest crusher (a counter against an opponent's body lock on a sprawl).
    • Jab Step - Cozart emphasizes this basic skill as the key for proper penetration to your opponent's leg.
    • Blast Single Leg - Use this high level single leg attack against your tired opponent to send him to his back with a cradle, a turk, or a navy ride.
    • Finishing Takedowns from your Knees - Develop the technique and toughness to finish after your opponent has sprawled on you - drilling to a double leg, high crotch, single leg, and head in the middle (Iranian) finish.

    Above all, this DVD will help coaches organize their practices, starting with a good cardio warm-up and moving on to daily basic drills. From there, you can teach the techniques you want to see your team perform in competition. Your team will find success on the mat through repetition of these drills. Gauge your team on what they are doing in live wrestling and adjust the next practice accordingly.

    Let Coach Cozart help you build champions and a "Streak" of your own!

    435 minutes (3 DVDs). 2012.

    Monday
    Coach Cozart begins by putting the team through a track practice, followed immediately with a circuit in the weight room. From there, Coach moves his team to the mat as they do their basic skills warm-up that includes acrobatics, scrambles, neck work and back arches. The drilling portion of Cozart's practice includes top position work, neutral arm up drilling (horning up), hand fighting, bottom position drilling, and takedowns on your knees from a sprawled opponent. He finishes off practice with 30 minutes of live wrestling.

    Tuesday
    Techniques include hip heists, leg ride counters, and arm up (horn up) drills. Drags and ankle picks are covered from standing position, and arm chop and spiral series are covered from top position. After 30 minutes of live wrestling, Coach Cozart puts his team through a "warm-down", consisting of three sets of rope climbing partnered off with various calisthenics designed to work his team hard.

    Wednesday
    While beginning with the team's standard basic skills drills and ending with live wrestling, this practice focuses more on techniques from the neutral position. Takedowns drilled are single legs, arm drags, duck unders, ankle picks, and firemen carries.

    Thursday
    Tapering down, Coach Cozart puts the team through the most technique-oriented practice of the week, one that he traditionally uses the day before a tournament. Each team member performs his favorite technique from all three starting positions. Coach demonstrates how to troubleshoot a stalemate position from a single leg attack that he has been seeing in live wrestling this week. He also goes over some of his favorite specialty moves. The team focuses on upper body throws including attacks from collar ties, underhooks, whizzers, lateral tie-ups (over-under position), and bear hugs.

    All Access videos are designed to allow viewers from all over the world to see how successful coaches run their practices in a "live" practice setting. All Access videos allow viewers to see the practices un-edited and in real-time. You will see how top coaches run their drills, interact with their team and staff, how they motivate their team, the cue words they use, the atmosphere of the practice and how practices are structured from day to day. Many coaches visit successful colleges and high schools to watch practice. But if you live out of state or out of the country, visiting another coach's practice can be costly. That


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    with Jon Reader,
    University of Wisconsin Assistant Coach;
    former South Dakota State Assistant Coach;
    2x U.S. Freestyle World Team Member;
    2011 NCAA National Champion and 3x All-American at Iowa State University.

    Whether on purpose or accident, wrestlers will find themselves in an underhook position at some point. They need to know how to finish once they have the underhook.

    Jon Reader has been successful at all levels of wrestling. One of the reasons for his success has been due to his ability to use an underhook to open up scoring situations. In this video, Reader shows how he gets to the underhook from distance and from various ties.

    The key to scoring on your feet is to create angles and control your opponent. Reader demonstrates techniques to secure an underhook and open the door for offensive attacks, such as a head inside single and high crotch. He provides insight from the collegiate and international wrestling scene on how the ability to get to your underhook can make the difference in winning or losing the match.

    Additionally, Reader demonstrates the fundamentals needed to secure and open opportunities to score from the front headlock. He shows why this position is a major way to score on the international stage of wrestling.

    Getting to the Underhook

    Learn how a good stance and positioning is the gateway to getting into your underhooks. Reader teaches the hand and footwork in order to dig the underhook. He stresses the details on how the hand and footwork must be together in order to gain the advantage. Reader demonstrates three simple and effective ways to get into your underhooks:

    • Head Club - A good initial setup for a underhook that will allow an opening to dig an underhook.
    • Wrist Roll - Great way to get into a underhook off of your opponent's collar tie.
    • Inside Elbow Post - A great way to create an opening if you are unable to set your underhook up with a wrist roll.

    Once the underhook is in, Reader demonstrates ways to move your opponent. This is vital as it helps create angles for the best scoring opportunities.

    Head Inside Single from Underhook

    Learn how to create an angle and attack with a head inside single (Knee Pull). Reader discusses hand and head position when attacking the leg that keeps you in correct position in order to finish the shot. You'll learn how to get to this position regardless of your opponent's position. You will also be taught how to beat your opponent's defenses once on the shot.

    Reader demonstrates how to finish from the inside single with two primary options based on the opponent's reaction.

    • Shelf and Circle - Primary finish on the mat to circle behind and secure a takedown.
    • Knee Slide to the Feet - Secondary finish on the mat if your opponent is defending with a whizzer and will allow you to take the single leg to your feet.

    High Crotch from the Underhook

    You'll be taught multiple techniques to move your opponent in order to get to your underhook and in position to hit a high crotch. Reader teaches a lesser known technique he calls the "meat hook" in order to set up your opponent. He also does an excellent job of showing how to properly hit and finish the high crotch from head, foot, hand and chest position.

    Getting to a Front Headlock

    The front headlock is a dominant tie that many wrestlers have difficulty defending. This will make your offense more effective. Learn the proper positioning to get into and use the front headlock. Reader covers three simple ways to get into a front headlock (including how not to get your arm trapped) from your feet:

    • Meat hook - His favorite set-up to create space in order to secure a front headlock.
    • Outside head pull - Great if you cannot create space off the meat hook.
    • Push-Pull - Allows you to use an opponent's momentum when their head is underneath your chest.

    He also goes over front headlock safety, shows two ways to counter common defense used by opponents, and the most effective way to finish a front headlock with a go behind.

    Scoring with a Front Headlock

    Reader demonstrates how to score with a front headlock based on realistic reactions that a wrestler might experience during a match.

    • Shoulder Shimmy - Allows you free your elbow to score if your opponent is clamping down on your arm.
    • Elbow Push - Used to score if your opponent reaches out and tries to block you from going behind them with their arm.
    • Head Pull - An effective way to get your opponent's elbow to the mat and open your go behind to score.
    • Big Step - Creates an angle to score on your opponent when they defend in a tripod and a head pull isn't working.
    • Far Knee Tap - Great way to score when an opponent gains elbow control and is focused on clearing the front headlock.

    Reader also covers how to clear a front head lock and several drills to help develop mastery from the front headlock, such as a push-pull drill, angle positioning drill, and a snap-hustle drill.

    If you want to learn how to be able to get in the underhook position in order to attack or control your opponent, then this is the video for you!

    70 minutes. 2017.


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    YWD-04509A: with Eric Akin, East Kansas Wrestling Club Head Coach;
    United States Olympic Team Alternate (1996 and 2000); USA World Team member; 3x Big 8 Champion and 4x All American for Iowa State University; 3x Kansas High School State Champion

    Four-time All American Eric Akin was a top level athlete at Iowa State University. Now as a youth coach he has developed a series of techniques that focuses on fundamentals that will train athletes at all levels to be successful.

    Coach Akin starts with the stance - the most basic element to being successful on your feet. Akin provides a series of stance and motion drills all wrestlers need to become fluid and agile in any takedown attempt and help ingrain it into muscle memory.

    He teaches setups that will work at any level to control the opponent and open attacks. His instruction covers elbow control, inside tie and collar tie, and telephone wrist tie to 2-on-1 control. From the set-up, Akin moves to three types of penetration steps (with drills to practice the steps) to get in deep on your attack. The steps include: the drop step/inside step, the punch-punch sweep single step, and the spring-load step for double legs and low singles.

    All wrestlers, especially young wrestlers, commonly lack the ability to finish their leg attacks. To get those hard earned points, Akin demonstrates finishing drills for the "Big Three" (Single leg, double, leg, and Hi-Crotch). He also shows a slide-by - a technique that is really effective on an opponent that we cannot pass his leg defense.

    Finally, Coach Akin covers basic leg attack defense from the most basic sprawl to the more advanced Wizzer. He discusses two types of level change skills, which is a fundamental component for good defense and blocking, as well as the key to effective leg attacks.

    This video is packed with information from start to finish. It is ideal for any wrestler or coach who wants to learn sound and basic principles that are effective at all levels.

    87 minutes. 2014.



    YWD-04509B: with Eric Akin, East Kansas Wrestling Club Head Coach;
    United States Olympic Team Alternate (1996 and 2000); USA World Team member; 3x Big 8 Champion and 4x All American for Iowa State University; 3x Kansas High School State Champion

    Four-time All American Eric Akin has compiled a video full of essential techniques that wrestlers need to be tough on the mat.

    Starting at square one, Coach Akin shows you stance and hand position skills in order to build a good stance on the bottom, which are essential to maintaining a base and defending attacks by the opponent. You'll learn how to be light on your hands to get hands and feet up quickly. The hip heist is a fundamental skill for escaping and reversing on bottom, and Akin demonstrates a hip heist drill series to learn how to feel comfortable executing the technique.

    He then moves on to the fundamentals of a stand-up, switch, and finally the complex Granby Roll. The techniques you'll learn include:

    • How to attack a hand and cut out for an escape. Hand control and cutting out to face the opponent are the foundation needed to finish to a stand up. No points are earned by the bottom man until he cuts out and faces the opponent.
    • Sit out and head post. This is a great escape for developing wrestlers who struggle with stand up.
    • A unique take on the switch. Coach Akin shows mistakes he believes are commonly taught on the switch and demonstrates a technique that may improve the switch from bottom.
    • And much more!

    He completes the DVD with several different counters to the highest used turns from the top position.

    Coach Akin uses youth wrestlers of varying abilities to demonstrate the technique and drills that he uses in his own room. He has made this basic level series very easy to learn or teach.

    54 minutes. 2014.



    YWD-04509C: with Eric Akin, East Kansas Wrestling Club Head Coach;
    United States Olympic Team Alternate (1996 and 2000); USA World Team member; 3x Big 8 Champion and 4x All American for Iowa State University; 3x Kansas High School State Champion

    Coach Akin was a top level athlete at Iowa State University. Now as a youth coach he has developed a series of techniques that focuses on the fundamentals of turning and pinning your opponent.

    Breakdowns:
    Coach Akin does an excellent job demonstrating and explaining proper body position and pressure on your opponent. He gives constant reminders about "good" position on top. Akin teaches basic breakdowns including the 180 breakdown, the Spiral ride and the Tight Waist Ankle. He uses the 180 and Spiral ride to get into his Cross body ride. Akin shows how he keeps himself in the "saddle" an effective method to stay top of an opponent to get into a variet of pinning combinations.

    Pinning:
    The former U.S. World Team member, Coach Akin demonstrates a ton of ways to get opponents on their backs and rack up team points. He covers six turns that are fundamental to having success at any level from the top position. You'll see everything from a half nelson and chicken wing to cheap tilts, turks, cradles and the dreaded spladle position. Akin sets up his spladle from a side headlock and single leg defense. He also shares unique details to his nearside and crossface cradles that will ensure a pin every time your opponent is on his back.

    We often take minor details for granted, but Coach Akin covers those details as a part of his teaching so that it is easy to integrate into your practice. This is a great DVD for any wrestler or coach to learn sound and basic principles that are effective at all levels.

    43 minutes. 2014.



    YWD-04509D: with Eric Akin, East Kansas Wrestling Club Head Coach;
    United States Olympic Team Alternate (1996 and 2000); USA World Team member; 3x Big 8 Champion and 4x All American for Iowa State University; 3x Kansas High School State Champion

    A solid attack from the neutral position is the key to confidence needed to be a champion. Eric Akin has found success at every level - 3-time high school champ, four-time All American, and World Cup Silver medalist. In this detailed DVD, Coach Akin give you a blueprint of drills to create effective wrestlers that can score takedowns from any position.

    Coach Akin teaches a series of drills from the feet to teach wrestlers how to move, and create common reactions to generate scoring opportunities. He demonstrates different types of drills that wrestlers can do with or without a partner. These drills cover:

    • Stance - Coach Akin dedicates a large segment on stance and motion, and the techniques to make wrestlers better both offensively and defensively.
    • Set-ups - Coach Akin shows a variety of set-ups and which ones are most effective for each takedown.
    • Penetration (spring load) - Learn Coach Akin's spring loaded approach to penetration and how it works from the outside or when a guy puts his hands on you.
    • Finishes - Coach Akin goes through a variety of finishes to sweep single, double leg and high C from common scrambling positions. He includes several drills for each takedown finish.

    Coach Akin does a great job in this video using his wrestlers to demonstrate drills and how to use them effectively. His in-depth instruction will help you take both youth and high school wrestlers through many advanced level takedowns.

    Once the basic skills are mastered these techniques will guide you and your athletes to the next level. A great addition to any youth or high school coach's collection.

    81 minutes. 2014.



    YWD-04509E: with Eric Akin, East Kansas Wrestling Club Head Coach;
    United States Olympic Team Alternate (1996 and 2000); USA World Team member; 3x Big 8 Champion and 4x All American for Iowa State University; 3x Kansas High School State Champion

    Eric Akin is a wealth of wrestling knowledge. In this video, he gives you a blueprint of bottom techniques to create effective wrestlers that can escape from any position. Learn how to take already sound fundamentals and take them to a completely different level.

    Developing proper stance and position improve your ability to dominate from any position. Coach Akin focuses on the important points of the stance and motion that will allow you to use basic escape skills in variety common positions. A main focus of instruction covers the proper way to hip heist and why it is important in all positions. Akin shows a variety of ways for wrestlers not to get broken down or get their hands tied up. He gives several drills to develop the finer points of the hip heist and getting hand control.

    Coach Akin addresses the high percentage scoring techniques used by quality athletes around the nation. These include:

    • Stand-up - Coach Akin's approach to the stand-up and how a wrestler can escape from all the most common defenses to a stand-up.
    • Sit Outs - Coach Akin goes through his favorite sit out, which is actually a sit back, and how to use your opponent's reactions to score from the bottom position.
    • Escapes from Common Riding Positions - Learn how to escape from several common rides including spiral ride, chop, tight waist ankle and the most feared leg ride. Coach explains each defense of these rides and how to use them to score.

    Coach Akin uses young wrestlers to demonstrate the techniques and drills, which allows you to see how to teach them effectively. This video will be a great addition to any youth or high school coach's collection to improve scoring opportunities from the bottom position.

    Although this video outlines the skills of the advanced youth wrestler, all ages will benefit from the wisdom of Eric Akin to escape quicker from the bottom and then attack from a dominant position.

    47 minutes. 2014.



    YWD-04509F: with Eric Akin, East Kansas Wrestling Club Head Coach;
    United States Olympic Team Alternate (1996 and 2000); USA World Team member; 3x Big 8 Champion and 4x All American for Iowa State University; 3x Kansas High School State Champion

    Ideally we work to dominate and pin all of our opponents. In this video, Eric Akin teaches how to breakdown, ride, turn and pin that can make an average wrestler a killer from the top position.

    In this fast pace video, you will learn the techniques of advanced youth wrestler to become a dominate wrestler in the top position, including:

    • Breakdowns - Stop your opponents' first move and break them down. Coach Akin spends a great deal of time working on break downs wrestlers can use to ride their opponent and set up pin holds. He covers five different breakdowns, including the spiral ride, cross body ride and shallow legs.
    • Tilts - Coach Akin shows a variety of ways for wrestlers to score from cheap tilts to build a comfortable lead. He explains all the finer points to scoring using a 2-on-1 tilt, a chicken wing tilt and a spiral ride tilt.
    • Pinning Combinations - Secure more pins while you dominate your opponents. See Coach Akin's approach to the half nelson, a bar arm and chicken wing series, as well as several turks and cradles, and how a wrestler can use all of them from many different common rides to pin their opponent. He does a great job pointing out all the small details that will help wrestlers use these techniques in an effective fashion.
    • Legs and spladle - Coach spends a great deal of time showing how wrestlers can perform a multitude of pinning combinations using legs, and a spladle from different positions that make it a match ender from anywhere.

    Coach Akin gives you a wealth of scoring opportunities for wrestlers from the top position that can be tailored to fit any size or shape wrestler. This video will be a great addition to any youth or high school coach's collection.

    47 minutes. 2014.




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    Gary Mayabb,
    Staley (MO) High School Head Coach;6X MO State High School Championships (Oak Park HS);
    USA Wrestling Manager of Greco-Roman Programs; USA Wrestling Gold level coach (highest level possible); USA Wrestling Cadet Greco-Roman Coach of the Year (2014); 2X NWCA Region Coach of the Year and 2X State Coach of the Year;
    as a wrestler, competed at Central Missouri (2X team captain) where he was an NCAA qualifier and was also a 4x qualifier for the US Olympic Team Trials

    Are you ready to turn your wrestlers into great wrestlers and help them get wins over the toughest opponents on their schedule? Gary Mayabb has developed a system over the years that has allowed his wrestlers, some of whom came into the season as average-at-best wrestlers, to be able to compete with, and even beat, some of the highest-skilled wrestlers they've faced by the conclusion of the season.

    In this video, Mayabb begins with his philosophy and how he developed this system. Beginning with using the basics to gain the advantage, Mayabb discusses the importance for wrestlers to stay "in the box" with their stance while analyzing their opponents.

    From there, Mayabb uses the two most common takedowns, singles and doubles, as the basis to begin chain wrestling. Before getting into a single or double, Mayabb demonstrates four different setups to get to a takedown based on the opponent's reactions. After the takedown you'll get four finishes, including drills, to help perfect the top riding position in Mayabb's "Flat Iron" drilling sessions.

    Coach Mayabb and his staff spent years fine-tuning this system that has led to multiple championships and great successes and accomplishments for the variety of wrestlers he has coached. If your lineup isn't 'stacked' with top-tier, high-performing wrestlers going into the season, this is a great resource to use to help your athletes outperform their expectations and end their season, and their careers, on an upward swing!

    130 minutes. 2018.


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    with Troy Steiner,
    Fresno State University Head Coach;
    former Oregon State and University of Iowa Head Assistant Coach;
    4x All-American at the University of Iowa; won the 1992 NCAA individual title (142 lbs)
    member of three NCAA National Championship (Iowa);
    inducted into the Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame of Iowa (2013);
    9x U.S. National Team member (1992 World Cup Champion, 1996 Pan-American Freestyle Champion.); U.S. Olympic Trials (3rd in '92 & '96, 5th in '00)

    Troy Steiner was an absolute terror on top, but even more so with his legs during his time as an athlete at the University of Iowa. This video provides great demonstration of the techniques that he used to dominate leg rides while also utilizing fantastic leg defense. Steiner, who is now the head coach at Fresno State University, goes in-depth on how to counter leg attacks and also shows how to counter those counters.

    Steiner begins with how to get the legs in, then displays four different turns to use once a wrestler has the legs. These turns are not just any turns, but a progression that leads from one to another depending on the strengths and weaknesses of the opponent. You'll learn a crossface turn, a super tight wing turn, how to defeat the opponent when they bury their head, and how to work a power half. Steiner shows how to be physical on top and help turn any wrestler into a more dominating presence on the mat.

    Finally, Steiner concludes by going through several steps to defend the legs, as well as some counters to basic leg riding defense. What makes these moves so great is they are all set up with the same positioning and technique. The counters are basic defenses to some common techniques that top guys use to "hang on" when they have legs in. The section wraps up with a "Leg Slip" series that can all but guarantee the bottom wrestler will get out of a jam.

    Coach Steiner was an absolute beast on top and a hammer with the legs. He could get opponents to quit as soon as he threw them in, and he passes along his techniques in this informative instructional video. Become a punishing leg rider with a few more options in your toolbox for the top position!

    46 minutes. 2018.


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    with Mark Perry,
    University of Illinois Associate Head Coach;
    2013 Amateur Wrestling News Division I Assistant Coach of the Year;
    former Cal Poly State University Co-Head Wrestling Coach;
    2x NCAA Champion (4x All American) and 2005 NWCA Rookie of the Year at the University of Iowa; won the Gorrarian Trophy at the 2007 NCAA Tournament

    The international wrestling scene has been dominated in recent years by wrestlers from Russia and Iran. Iran especially has exploded onto the scene, winning the 2012-2015 World Cups and the 2013 World Championship in freestyle wrestling.

    While they traditionally wrestled in a more relaxed, defensive style, they have experienced most of their recent success after switching to an aggressive, attacking style centered around getting to the underhook.

    In spite of their success, the techniques used by wrestlers from Iran and Russia are poorly understood in the United States.

    Illinois Associate Head Coach Mark Perry has extensively studied the techniques of the Iranian and Russian wrestlers, and demonstrates how to effectively use them in collegiate and scholastic wrestling. These techniques are innovative and fundamentally sound. And, if mastered, can change the way wrestlers compete and how they think about match situations.

    Iranian Underhook Series

    The Iranian Series evolved from an underhook, but has slight variations from that which is used in the United States. Coach Perry details the Iranian approach of staying low, keeping the head on the opposite side, and applying heavy pressure. These variations are what help to make this series effective and hard to defend. In this series, you will learn how to:

    • Set your opponent up
    • Dictate your opponent's movements and reactions
    • Disguise your set ups and moves
    • Pressure your opponent into making mistakes

    Coach Perry spends extra time showing how exactly to posture and control in this highly technical position. In nearly every situation, Coach Perry demonstrates an attack that will be nearly impossible for your opponent to stop. While primarily looking to attack a knee pull or snatch single, he also demonstrates options to hit a throw-by or a snap down.

    Opposite Side Attacks

    In order to be successful at the highest levels, wrestlers need to be able to attack both sides of the body from every position. The Iranian underhook series is no different. Coach Perry demonstrates how to attack the far side of the body with a high-crotch, a double, or a drag, when the opponent looks to re-pummel an underhook.

    The Iranians hit some of the most explosive high crotch and double legs attacks. Coach Perry shows how this is not about being explosive but about their set up and positioning. He works through a variety of drills with his wrestlers, showing how to acquire the sensitivity to the opponent's weight distribution and timing that is required to utilize these attacks.

    Russian 2-on-1 Series

    For decades, the Russians have been successful using a 2-on-1 control to win world championships. Coach Perry shows the latest innovations from Russian wrestlers in attacking with the 2-on-1. This series, like its Iranian counterpart, relies on deception and anticipation of your opponent's reaction. Your moves will be based on that reaction. He starts with the traditional use of the position, and then demonstrates the subtle adjustment the Russians have been using to make the position more powerful and controlling.

    Coach Perry demonstrates a set-up to a knee pull that negates the most common and effective defenses to the 2-on-1. To complement the knee pull attack, he demonstrates an ankle pick on the far side of the body. Finally, he shows an unorthodox outside-step fireman's that has the potential to score big points.

    With these two highly effective, easily taught, interconnected series of moves you will find yourself in complete control of the match and your opponent and make him react. Once he reacts, you have a huge arsenal to choose from that will dominate anyone on their feet.

    80 minutes. 2015.


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    YWD-04509A: with Eric Akin, East Kansas Wrestling Club Head Coach;
    United States Olympic Team Alternate (1996 and 2000); USA World Team member; 3x Big 8 Champion and 4x All American for Iowa State University; 3x Kansas High School State Champion

    Four-time All American Eric Akin was a top level athlete at Iowa State University. Now as a youth coach he has developed a series of techniques that focuses on fundamentals that will train athletes at all levels to be successful.

    Coach Akin starts with the stance - the most basic element to being successful on your feet. Akin provides a series of stance and motion drills all wrestlers need to become fluid and agile in any takedown attempt and help ingrain it into muscle memory.

    He teaches setups that will work at any level to control the opponent and open attacks. His instruction covers elbow control, inside tie and collar tie, and telephone wrist tie to 2-on-1 control. From the set-up, Akin moves to three types of penetration steps (with drills to practice the steps) to get in deep on your attack. The steps include: the drop step/inside step, the punch-punch sweep single step, and the spring-load step for double legs and low singles.

    All wrestlers, especially young wrestlers, commonly lack the ability to finish their leg attacks. To get those hard earned points, Akin demonstrates finishing drills for the "Big Three" (Single leg, double, leg, and Hi-Crotch). He also shows a slide-by - a technique that is really effective on an opponent that we cannot pass his leg defense.

    Finally, Coach Akin covers basic leg attack defense from the most basic sprawl to the more advanced Wizzer. He discusses two types of level change skills, which is a fundamental component for good defense and blocking, as well as the key to effective leg attacks.

    This video is packed with information from start to finish. It is ideal for any wrestler or coach who wants to learn sound and basic principles that are effective at all levels.

    87 minutes. 2014.



    YWD-04509B: with Eric Akin, East Kansas Wrestling Club Head Coach;
    United States Olympic Team Alternate (1996 and 2000); USA World Team member; 3x Big 8 Champion and 4x All American for Iowa State University; 3x Kansas High School State Champion

    Four-time All American Eric Akin has compiled a video full of essential techniques that wrestlers need to be tough on the mat.

    Starting at square one, Coach Akin shows you stance and hand position skills in order to build a good stance on the bottom, which are essential to maintaining a base and defending attacks by the opponent. You'll learn how to be light on your hands to get hands and feet up quickly. The hip heist is a fundamental skill for escaping and reversing on bottom, and Akin demonstrates a hip heist drill series to learn how to feel comfortable executing the technique.

    He then moves on to the fundamentals of a stand-up, switch, and finally the complex Granby Roll. The techniques you'll learn include:

    • How to attack a hand and cut out for an escape. Hand control and cutting out to face the opponent are the foundation needed to finish to a stand up. No points are earned by the bottom man until he cuts out and faces the opponent.
    • Sit out and head post. This is a great escape for developing wrestlers who struggle with stand up.
    • A unique take on the switch. Coach Akin shows mistakes he believes are commonly taught on the switch and demonstrates a technique that may improve the switch from bottom.
    • And much more!

    He completes the DVD with several different counters to the highest used turns from the top position.

    Coach Akin uses youth wrestlers of varying abilities to demonstrate the technique and drills that he uses in his own room. He has made this basic level series very easy to learn or teach.

    54 minutes. 2014.



    YWD-04509C: with Eric Akin, East Kansas Wrestling Club Head Coach;
    United States Olympic Team Alternate (1996 and 2000); USA World Team member; 3x Big 8 Champion and 4x All American for Iowa State University; 3x Kansas High School State Champion

    Coach Akin was a top level athlete at Iowa State University. Now as a youth coach he has developed a series of techniques that focuses on the fundamentals of turning and pinning your opponent.

    Breakdowns:
    Coach Akin does an excellent job demonstrating and explaining proper body position and pressure on your opponent. He gives constant reminders about "good" position on top. Akin teaches basic breakdowns including the 180 breakdown, the Spiral ride and the Tight Waist Ankle. He uses the 180 and Spiral ride to get into his Cross body ride. Akin shows how he keeps himself in the "saddle" an effective method to stay top of an opponent to get into a variet of pinning combinations.

    Pinning:
    The former U.S. World Team member, Coach Akin demonstrates a ton of ways to get opponents on their backs and rack up team points. He covers six turns that are fundamental to having success at any level from the top position. You'll see everything from a half nelson and chicken wing to cheap tilts, turks, cradles and the dreaded spladle position. Akin sets up his spladle from a side headlock and single leg defense. He also shares unique details to his nearside and crossface cradles that will ensure a pin every time your opponent is on his back.

    We often take minor details for granted, but Coach Akin covers those details as a part of his teaching so that it is easy to integrate into your practice. This is a great DVD for any wrestler or coach to learn sound and basic principles that are effective at all levels.

    43 minutes. 2014.




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    with Chris Perry,
    2x NCAA Champion and 3x All-American for Oklahoma State University;
    2014 University World Silver Medalist; 2009 Junior Hodge Trophy winner

    Three-time All-American Chris Perry powered his way to two national titles with his tenacious offense. Now, he shares his techniques and tips in this comprehensive video.

    He covers all the important phases of riding and turning with the legs. Perry begins with how to get the legs in and finishes with how to get out of leg rides from your opponent. No longer will you just simply ride your opponent without scoring. Instead, you will be turning opponents with regularity and putting matches away with near falls and pins.

    Breakdowns to Leg Rides

    Learn how to gain an advantage over your opponent as soon as the whistle blows with breakdowns like the spiral ride, the chop, the claw and the choke over. From each of these breakdowns, you will learn how to throw the legs to create the ultimate pressure on your opponent while advancing into your pinning combinations.

    After showing these techniques, Perry details how to control your opponent with the legs using skills essential for mastering leg riding.

    Turns from the Top

    Discover multiple ways to turn your opponent with Chris Perry's unique and relentless style. You will learn the power half, the turk, the reverse crossface, arm bars and arm-bar tilts. You'll see what to do if your opponent closes up when you have their legs and how to use that defense to turn them. Perry will teach you to package these pinning combinations in a way that will keep your opponent off balance and vulnerable to the turn.

    Transitions

    When your opponent is defending one attack, Perry shows how you can easily transition into other attacks to further open up your ability to score from the top position. He demonstrates how to use the legs to transition from one technique to another, as well as how to use the legs to set up arm techniques. For example, Perry goes from turning his opponent and scoring to transitioning into a bar arm series.

    Defending the Legs

    Not only will you learn how to be great at turning with the legs, you'll also be able to escape your opponent's leg offense with Perry's tips for avoiding leg rides. His philosophy is simple: create space and separate your hips from the opponent's hips. This method is just as effective and easily applied to a crackdown position from a Hi-C.

    Your confidence will soar after applying these techniques taught by one of the best wrestlers in the nation. The techniques shown in this video are a difference maker that will transform athletes from struggling riders into top-notch turners and pinners.

    44 minutes. 2015.


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    with Ben Askren,
    Arizona St. University Assistant Coach;
    2X NCAA Champ and 2X Dan Hodge Trophy winner from the University of Missouri

    Ben Askren's style has been described as many things: "one-of-a-kind," "unorthodox," "crazy" and "funky." The fact is that these "funk" positions happen in the natural flow of the match. These same situations have been seen at all levels - from high school duals to the NCAA Championships. Now for the first time ever Ben Askren shares his "funk" technique with you. Askren breaks down his three main "funk" techniques from the feet: the Pass, Double Ankles and a move he calls: "The World's Best Unknown Move." Each move is broken down step-by-step from multiple angles. In addition, he provides counters to each move, as well as a defense against each counter. As a bonus he also shares his defensive technique against the High Crotch and Double Leg takedowns. Mastering this "funk" style of wrestling will give you a leg up on the best competition.

    42 minutes. 2007.


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    with Damion Hahn,
    South Dakota State Head Coach;
    former Cornell University Associate Head Coach; 2017 EIWA Champions - 11 consecutive EIWA Conference Championships (2007-17);
    2x NCAA Champion and 4x All American (University of Minnesota; was part of 2 NCAA Championship teams);
    2004 Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year award winner (top Big Ten male athlete)

    Looking for something that will help to improve your wrestlers' chances of escaping? This video from South Dakota State head coach Damion Hahn provides the assistance you need to train athletes to use various stand-ups to escape. Learning the art of the stand-up is important for any wrestler looking to become a dominant force on the mat.

    Coach Hahn presents a series of stand-ups that will help wrestlers of any level be able to get up and get out. This video showcases six different types of stand-ups that anyone can use, allowing individuals to become a 'Swiss army knife' if they want to adopt every stand-up style, or focus on one to make it their bread and butter. Hahn breaks down each stand-up into details that are easy to understand and teach to others.

    Coach Hahn covers the inside leg, outside leg, knee slide, tripod, and the sit-out stand-ups. Watching this video will provide wrestlers the chance to discover what works for them. Next, Hahn covers the need for a wrestler to get off their belly and to their base. This creates an easy transition from the belly to a stand-up situation. Again, Coach Hahn breaks down how to build to the base using great attention to detail. He demonstrates what to do when the opponent is on your wrestler, as well as different positions on top.

    Coach Hahn breaks down complex situations into simple steps that you can quickly implement into actionable technique in live matches. This video gives many tips that wrestlers of all ages will benefit from and will ensure that kids don't spend an inordinate amount of time on their belly or the bottom.

    69 minutes. 2019.


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    with John Smith,
    Oklahoma State University Head Coach,

    • 5x NCAA Championship coach, 2016 NCAA Runners-Up
    • 2016 Big 12 Coach of the Year - 9x Big 12 Coach of the Year
    • 2018 Big 12 Champions - 20x Big 12 Conference Champions
    • 2x Olympic Gold Medalist
    • 6x World Champion
    • 2x NCAA Champion

    Chain wrestling is a vital element to wrestling success. It gives your wrestlers the ability to string together a combination of moves once they get stopped that will lead to points.

    Chain wrestling is a skill set that does not "just happen," it is a skill set that needs to be trained. For the first time on DVD, five-time NCAA Championship coach John Smith shares his philosophy on chain wrestling and presents drilling ideas so that your wrestlers can put together a sequence of moves to dominate their opponent.

    Smith delivers drill ideas for on the feet, defense, top and bottom position, freestyle and more. Smith's demonstration will give you a blueprint on how to develop the sequence of moves you want to teach. He shows how to drill a high crotch to drag to a breakdown position, a chop to wrist control to arm bar, tight waist to getting back to your base to hip heist and more.

    You cannot execute your moves successfully every time, so it's imperative to stay on the offense even though you've been stopped. These drills will force your wrestlers to continue to wrestle until they score!

    52 minutes 2009.


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  • 12/10/18--22:00: How Low Can You Go, II
  • with John Smith,
    Oklahoma State University Head Coach,

    • 5x NCAA Championship coach, 2016 NCAA Runners-Up
    • 2016 Big 12 Coach of the Year - 9x Big 12 Coach of the Year
    • 2018 Big 12 Champions - 20x Big 12 Conference Champions
    • 2x Olympic Gold Medalist
    • 6x World Champion
    • 2x NCAA Champion

    John Smith, the only American wrestler to win six consecutive World Championships, wants to teach you the move that made him unbeatable--the low single. Smith's years of winning at the highest-level, including two Olympic gold medals, gives him an insight about techniques that can make you unstoppable. Learn the low single John Smith style. He covers set-ups and more than 10 finishes that'll make this move one of the most aggressive offensive moves at any level. Then, round out your lesson by learning how to defend against this technique.

    75 minutes. 2002.


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    with Terry Brands,
    University of Iowa Associate Head Coach;
    2015 Big Ten Co-Champions, 3x NCAA Champions (2008-10);
    former USA National Freestyle Resident Coach,
    Bronze Medalist 2000 Olympic Games
    2x World Champion
    2x NCAA Champion at University of Iowa

    Terry Brands lays the foundation for successful wrestling with this video, which is filled with skills and drills every wrestler needs to know to become successful. Brands begins with an in-depth look at the five most important skills in wrestling: Stance, motion, level change, penetration and drive to the finish. From there he goes into three different categories: Offense skills and drills from the feet, counter offense skills and drills and down position. In each area Brands interlaces skills with drills. This tape is a must for young or beginning wrestlers, and even for the more experienced wrestler who may have gotten away from the basics.

    68 minutes. 2003.


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    WRD-04079A:

    featuring Ken Chertow,
    Queens University Head Coach;
    US Olympian; 3x NCAA All American and 3x Academic All-American at Penn State,
    2x Junior World Champion, Midlands Champion and Outstanding Wrestler.
    Coach Chertow coached at both Ohio State and Penn State where his teams won the National Duals and finished in the top 5 at NCAA Championships 75% of the time. You can learn from Coach Chertow personally at his year round and summer Gold Medal Training Camp.

    Olympian Ken Chertow covers a full assortment of riding and pinning techniques designed to prepare your wrestlers with the skills to end a match at any time. Wrestlers at Coach Chertow's Home Training Center demonstrate the essential techniques needed to dominate from the top position.

    In this instructional DVD, Coach Chertow covers techniques that he has found to be successful at all levels. You'll learn in detail:

    • Breakdowns to beat your opponent off the whistle
    • Proper position for the 2-on-1, cross wrist and cross face series
    • Numerous tilts, including the tight waist, cross wrist and re-bar tilt, designed to score quickly
    • Technique to perfect the ball & chain series and the "Robles tilt" - both will make your wrestler even more effective from the top position
    • The key components of leg wrestling - teaching you to ride and pin from legs. You'll learn several unique and unorthodox set-ups and finishes for the power half and the high hip Turk
    Coach Chertow finishes with a variety of folkstyle and freestyle turns, including options from the front headlock. Coach Chertow specifically excelled at this technique, which enabled him to become an Olympian.

    Although arm bars and half nelsons are good techniques, tilts provide a proven way to score points quickly against tough opponents in big matches. Likewise, the leg rides Coach Chertow shows have been used consistently at the highest level. This DVD provides a large number of combinations from tilts to legs to cradles to wrist rides.

    This comprehensive video gives you all the material you need to make your wrestler highly effective from the top position. After watching this video, any wrestler or coach will understand the essential techniques needed to turn and pin your opponent.

    83 minutes. 2012.



    WRD-04079B:

    featuring Ken Chertow,
    Queens University Head Coach;
    US Olympian; 3x NCAA All American and 3x Academic All-American at Penn State,
    2x Junior World Champion, Midlands Champion and Outstanding Wrestler.
    Coach Chertow coached at both Ohio State and Penn State where his teams won the National Duals and finished in the top 5 at NCAA Championships 75% of the time. You can learn from Coach Chertow personally at his year round and summer Gold Medal Training Camp.

    US Olympian Ken Chertow believes "bottom wrestling is a fight," and that you must develop the "warrior attitude" when coming out from the bottom. In this instructional DVD, Coach Chertow will help improve your bottom wrestling and increase your ability to score big points.

    Coach Chertow covers scoring from the bottom using variations of stand-ups, hip heists, or rolls, and he explains how to use these moves in combination with one another. These techniques will make your wrestlers more explosive and able to score from the bottom position. Topics covered include:

    • Drilling Stand-ups - Get to your feet using an explosive stand up, applying pressure back, gaining hand control and cutting off to face your opponent. A variety of partner and shadow drills are provided for a coach or wrestler to utilize.
    • Hip Heisting - Learn to use a powerful hip heist with your switch or sit-out to score 1, 2, or 5 points.
    • Rolls - Learn how the cut roll and cross wrist roll can be used for all ages and weight classes. See how to hit these moves when the top man is applying a lot of pressure down and a stand-up is not an option. Coach Chertow demonstrates these rolls with Peterson and headlock finishes to pin your opponent.
    • Advanced Granby Rolls - Execute the flip Granby and the "ninja flip", a standing Granby variation designed so you can escape from your toughest opponents.
    • Leg Ride Defense - There is no position more punishing for the bottom wrestler than when his opponent has his legs in. Learn to defend both parallel and cross body rides by "swimming out" or using the "kamikaze roll."
    Coach Chertow also shares stories of his past accomplishments, both as an athlete and coach. This season, score points and explode from the bottom position!

    85 minutes. 2012.



    WRD-04079C: with Ian Assael,
    full time Camp Director for Ken Chertow's Gold Medal Wrestling Camps;
    former high school coach who developed 14 state champions and two high school All-Americans

    Getting off the bottom is essential to being successful in wrestling.

    Ian Assael, Camp Director at Ken Chertow Wrestling, gives you the technique you need to score from the bottom against tough opponents. Maintaining shoulder-knee alignment is essential for getting weight off of the bottom man's hands, which is critical for standing up, as well as executing reversals.

    Coach Assael starts off detailing the proper position from the bottom, then goes through the mechanics of a proper stand-up step-by-step. He focuses on recovery using the knee-slide technique, which is an essential skill for all wrestlers, as they will not always escape off the whistle. Coach Assael shows a knee-slide to a stand-up with back pressure when the top man pushes forward. Other knee-slide variations include a hip heist when the top man rides your hips, and a high turn when the top man chops.

    Coach Assael also details a wide array of bottom wrestling that will help your wrestlers win the battle on the mat. You will learn several key concepts from bottom and watch as Coach Assael continually reinforces them through coaching cues and drills: pressure back, get hips under shoulders, seal off, get your hands off the mat, and be aggressive on bottom. You'll get an in-depth look at:

    • High Turn - Going from bottom to top and scoring 5 by securing a Peterson
    • Getting off your stomach and properly building a base
    • Defending the chop - executing a quarter turn to a knee-slide
    • Protecting and clearing your wrists to prevent tilts and other turns
    Coach Assael covers several drills to help your wrestlers master these techniques and continuously maintain a position from which they can score. These drills include a takedown to knee-slide recovery drill, a rear standing lift to knee-slide and stand up drill, and a sit out and turn in drill with a variety of realistic scenarios the bottom man may face.

    Coaches and wrestlers who study and implement the drills in this DVD will see improved positioning and results from the bottom position.

    55 minutes. 2012.




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    with John Smith,
    Oklahoma State University Head Coach,

    • 5x NCAA Championship coach, 2016 NCAA Runners-Up
    • 2016 Big 12 Coach of the Year - 9x Big 12 Coach of the Year
    • 2018 Big 12 Champions - 20x Big 12 Conference Champions
    • 2x Olympic Gold Medalist
    • 6x World Champion
    • 2x NCAA Champion

    Looking for an effective new way to get your favorite takedown? Look no further! Oklahoma State Head Coach John Smith has compiled a wrestling DVD filled with set-ups and tie-ups that will make you a more effective wrestler on your feet. Coach Smith has divided the tape into three areas: Elbow control, Inside control and reset positions. Each section covers more than five set-ups. Elbow control techniques covered include passing elbow, elbow hyperextension, over the top and steering wheel. Inside control techniques covered include pull/pass, inside post and wrist control. The reset position shown allows a wrestler to reverse the control with an underhook or 2-on-1. This is an excellent instructional wrestling DVD that will help set up the move and help stop the opponent's penetration.

    60 minutes. 2003.


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    with Scot Davis,
    Bishop Heelan (IA) High School Head Coach;
    former Eden Prairie (MN) Head Coach;
    Back-to-Back-to-Back Lakes Conference Champions (2014-16) - first three conference titles in program history;
    2x National High School Coach of the Year ('07 and '98),
    Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame;
    holds the national record for dual meet wins with over 1,000 victories;
    former Owatonna (MN) Head Coach; 2x Minnesota High School Coach of the Year; 2x Minnesota AAA State champions, 2009 Dream Team Classic Head Coach

    This video is designed to give coaches an inside look at how a legendary high school program runs their practices early in the season. During the course of three live practices, two-time National High School Wrestling Coach of the Year, Scot Davis, shares a break down of his uniquely designed, early season practices.

    Each practice begins with a proper warm-up including light jogging, gymnastics, partner drills and wrestling-specific drills for developing strength and wrestling motor skills.

    Coach Davis divides the wrestling room into multiple groups and has several coaches teaching technique at the same time. During the following day's practice, the groups rotate. Coaches in each group work on techniques that chain together starting on the feet and working to the mat showing wrestlers how the techniques logically fit together. This is a great way to get a lot of technique in with a number of athletes, while at the same time, giving them the one-on-one technical coaching they need.

    In this presentation, you'll see Davis' staff implementing this practice strategy. The staff includes former Apple Valley (MN) Head Coach Jim Jackson, who won 14 state titles while at Apple Valley. He was named National Coach of the Year three times while consistently producing one of the nation's top high school programs.

    In addition, the staff features Jeff Becker (undefeated Minnesota State Champion with 20 years high school coaching experience); Derek Skala (2012 NCAA D-II National Champion and 2x All American); Jafari Vanier (3-time NCAA D-III National Runner-Up and All American); and Jeff Hohertz (two-time NCAA D-II National Champion and three-time All American).

    Each coach has their own unique coaching style and way of dealing with a range of abilities from beginners to national caliber wrestlers. These coaches cover a number of techniques in this three-disc set, including how to:

    • execute several variations of an ankle pick and the subtle nuances of each
    • use a front headlock series and several finishes
    • finish a single leg numerous ways while using a 2-on-1 setup
    • apply pressure and control using the claw ride in neutral positions and to get cheap tilts from the top position
    • set-up and shoot a Hi-C
    • set-up and use the Augsburg cradle
    • use a snap-down technique to set-up other takedowns or cradles
    • score with a boot scoot series from an outside tie

    Each practice concludes with live wrestling or situational drills. You'll also see how to use a partner-based conditioning circuit to get wrestlers in shape without the need for a special strength session.

    Take an inside look at the practice structure and team discipline that Coach Davis has employed to build a legendary high school program. Gain a unique insight on how to differentiate practices to ensure you provide the best possible opportunity for your wrestlers to achieve their potential.

    412 minutes (4 DVDs). 2015.

    All Access videos are designed to allow viewers from all over the world to see how successful coaches run their practices in a "live" practice setting. All Access videos allow viewers to see the practices un-edited and in real-time. You will see how top coaches run their drills, interact with their team and staff, how they motivate their team, the cue words they use, the atmosphere of the practice and how practices are structured from day to day. Many coaches visit successful colleges and high schools to watch practice. But if you live out of state or out of the country, visiting another coach's gym can be costly. That's why we created the All Access Practice Series of videos -- to bring the practices to you!


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    with John Smith,
    Oklahoma State University Head Coach,

    • 5x NCAA Championship coach, 2016 NCAA Runners-Up
    • 2016 Big 12 Coach of the Year - 9x Big 12 Coach of the Year
    • 2018 Big 12 Champions - 20x Big 12 Conference Champions
    • 2x Olympic Gold Medalist
    • 6x World Champion
    • 2x NCAA Champion

    John Smith knows what it takes to build champions. Now, Coach Smith provides unprecedented access to the Oklahoma State practice room during the first three practices of the 2011-12 wrestling season.

    You'll be able to follow Coach Smith and the Cowboy staff and see how he structures and organizes his workouts to optimize performance for competition.

    Included in this DVD package is instruction on:

    • Hip Heist - A key skill that is the foundation for many wrestling techniques.
    • Standup - Learn technical points and drills designed to get your wrestlers out from bottom.
    • Switches & Rolls - Smith emphasizes that 50% of reversals have the potential to end up putting your opponent on their back. Learn how the Cowboys put the competition on their back.
    • Defending - Defend legs rides, claw ride & crab rides - important techniques to keep your wrestlers out of danger.
    • The Oklahoma State Drilling Philosophy - Drilling should not be comfortable. Learn John Smith's approach to drilling and help your athletes sustain their intensity through drilling situations.
    • Strength Training - Watch the team go through a workout designed to build explosiveness which translates into wins on the mat.

    Day 1:
    Coach begins practice with a team meeting in which he explains the importance of getting mentally prepared for practice. Smith proceeds to teach the bottom position drills that the team will use on a regular basis to build technique and form the foundation for their wrestling season. The drills focus on specific situations and skill development. In this manner they warm-up with more technique than some teams include in an entire practice. All drills build wrestling specific movements and habits to score from the bottom position. The team proceeds with drilling from their feet. Before releasing the team, coach explains the aspects of what makes a good drill and why it drilling is important.

    Day 2:
    The team uses many of the Day 1 drills in their warm-up and coach reviews them as needed. They then proceed to warm-up drills from the neutral and top position. After the warm-up drills are finished the team works on scoring from their feet.

    Day 3:
    Day three features a workout in the OSU weight room as the team is led through a strength workout. Coach Smith and his staff share a plethora of techniques as they work with the wrestlers on takedowns. Later, the team has a workout on the mat in a smaller group setting. This allows the coaching staff to work on the individual needs of the team members. By watching Coach Smith and his assistants, you will learn how to provide feedback to wrestlers, how to target instruction to individuals, and how to match your coaching style to individual wrestlers.

    Developing positive habits and a strong state of mind is essential to building a quality wrestling program. The drills demonstrated in this video and John Smith's coaching style has been integral in building the OSU program into one that is always in contention for a championship. Now you can use these same drills and coaching techniques to create champions in your program!

    223 minutes (3 DVDs). 2012.

    All Access videos are designed to allow viewers from all over the world to see how successful coaches run their practices in a "live" practice setting. All Access videos allow viewers to see the practices un-edited and in real-time. You will see how top coaches run their drills, interact with their team and staff, how they motivate their team, the cue words they use, the atmosphere of the practice and how practices are structured from day to day. Many coaches visit successful colleges and high schools to watch practice. But if you live out of state or out of the country, visiting another coach's practice can be costly. That's why we created the All Access Practice Series of videos -- to bring the practices to you!


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    WRVD-04775A: featuring Brent Metcalf, 2x NCAA Champion for the University of Iowa, 3x World Team Member, Dan Hodge Trophy Winner, 2008 NCAA Tournament Outstanding Wrestler, 2008 Jesse Owens Big Ten Male Athlete of the Year

    Brent Metcalf will show you Front Head Lock techniques, snap-downs and finishes that allowed him to score at will on his opponents. Metcalf also covers off season training, weight cutting, and end of the season peaking. Brent lays out a road map to success for champion wrestlers. A must for every wrestler, parent, and coach.

    The video features:

    • Front Headlock Snap-Down Drill
    • Front Headlock Position
    • Hand in the Hole Finish
    • Head in the Hole Finish
    • Head in the Hole Cradle
    • Snap, Run the Corner
    • Knee Tap
    • Front Headlock from the Feet Dresser Dump
    • Front Headlock Double Leg

    34 minutes (plus bonus features). 2015.



    WRVD-04775B: featuring Brent Metcalf, 2x NCAA Champion for the University of Iowa, 3x World Team Member, Dan Hodge Trophy Winner, 2008 NCAA Tournament Outstanding Wrestler, 2008 Jesse Owens Big Ten Male Athlete of the Year

    Brent Metcalf will show you techniques that he uses to escape & reverse his opponent, and helped make him one of the most dominant wrestlers in the country over the past decade. As a bonus on this DVD, Brent takes you in the Iowa weight room, and shows you multiple lifts he uses to over power his opponents. Advice to parents and getting ready for the season is also covered. A must for every wrestler, parent, and coach.

    The video features:

    • Bottom Position Attitude
    • How to Recover When Taken Down
    • Short Sit, Hip Heist
    • Claw Ride Prevention
    • Hand Fighting
    • Under-Hooks
    • 2-on-1
    • Clearing Under-Hooks
    • Clearing 2-on-1
    • Pressuring Opponent
    • Strength Training

    46 minutes (plus bonus features). 2015.



    WRVD-04775C: featuring Brent Metcalf, 2x NCAA Champion for the University of Iowa, 3x World Team Member, Dan Hodge Trophy Winner, 2008 NCAA Tournament Outstanding Wrestler, 2008 Jesse Owens Big Ten Male Athlete of the Year

    Brent Metcalf will show you techniques that he uses to dominate his opponents on top. Metcalf covers cross wrist breakdowns, turk, hammer locks and tilts. Brent also reflects on what it was like to wrestle at Iowa and gives advice on becoming the best. A must for every wrestler, parent, and coach.

    The video features:

    • Top Position, Cross Wrist Breakdown
    • Turk
    • Troubleshooting the Turk
    • Turk Finish
    • Hand Turk
    • Near Wrist
    • Near Wrist Gable Turn
    • Near Wrist, Hammerlock, Half Nelson
    • Near Wrist Tilt
    • Near Wrist Tilt to Pin
    • Cement Job

    31 minutes (plus bonus features). 2015.



    WRVD-04775D: featuring Brent Metcalf, 2x NCAA Champion for the University of Iowa, 3x World Team Member, Dan Hodge Trophy Winner, 2008 NCAA Tournament Outstanding Wrestler, 2008 Jesse Owens Big Ten Male Athlete of the Year

    Brent Metcalf will show you high crotch set-ups and finishes that helped make him one of the most dominant wrestlers in the country over the past decade. Filmed in the Iowa wrestling room, Metcalf brings that Iowa INTENSITY that is needed for building champion wrestlers. A must for every wrestler, parent and coach.

    The video features:

    • High Crotch Finishing Position
    • High Crotch Cut-Across Double Leg
    • High Crotch Dump
    • High Crotch Windmill
    • High Crotch Fake Dump
    • Knee Slide Drill
    • Crack-Down Prevention
    • Crack-Down Head Across Finish
    • Crack-Down Ankle Lift Finish
    • Crack-Down Inside Leg Hook Finish
    • High Crotch Peak-Out Finish
    • Arm Pass-High Crotch
    • Post High Crotch
    • Opposite Arm Post, High Crotch
    • Snap, High Crotch

    59 minutes (plus bonus features). 2015.




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    with Cody Caldwell,
    South Dakota State University Assistant Coach;
    former Grand View University Assistant Coach; helped Grand View win the 2016 NAIA National Championship;
    four year starter at the University of Northern Iowa and 2014 NCAA qualifier

    This video from South Dakota State University's Cody Caldwell contains a full look at how to dominate using the claw position. He goes in-depth to give you an effective series on top that isn't just limited to claws and bars!

    Coach Caldwell's top work begins with the claw and transitions to bars and a tough side headlock. This series is particularly effective because it will help your wrestlers stop the opponent's counters and ability to get to their feet; this is must-have skill for every athlete on your team!

    Getting to the Claw

    The key to working the claw is to keep your opponent's weight on their hands. You'll see how Coach Caldwell pinches with his hips and stays on his toes to stay in the correct position. Additionally, you'll learn how to shift from side to side in order to stay active and continue applying pressure.

    Next, Caldwell shows how he gets his claw from a variety of positions. He details how to implement the foot speed, stance and motion into foot fire drills. It's important to understand how the body changes physically, physiologically, neurologically and psychologically, and Coach Caldwell breaks down each of those categories.

    Controlling the Opponent

    From the claw, Caldwell teaches how to break down an opponent to where they are flat. He includes how to control the opponent's legs and hips in order to keep them in the position where you can score back points. Leg, head, and arm positioning are covered in order to ensure you can't get reversed.

    Coach Caldwell also touches on how to shift from an arm chop to a deep waist if your opponent is too strong. You'll learn how to block the opponent's knee and roll them over to their back.

    Running the Claw from Different Positions

    Sometimes, your opponent will do a good job of avoiding getting broken down with the claw, which is why it's important to learn how to transition to an inside chop and wrist until you can get back to the claw. Caldwell covers how to handle the claw if your opponent quad pods as well as how to mat return your opponent while keeping your claw.

    Arm Bar Series

    Many wrestlers struggle to get an arm bar on strong opponents. Coach Caldwell teaches how to not only use your arms, but also your legs to get your opponent's arm. You'll see how to lift and turn an opponent with your arm bar as well as a slick method to get your leg turk in to open your opponent up.

    Coach Caldwell keeps his technique on a level that anyone can understand and implement in their own practice. Learning a tough top system will help your wrestlers dominate and score quick points on their opponents. This video will give you not only the techniques, but also the ways to drill each of these positions in practice.

    40 minutes. 2019.


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    with Cameron Simaz,
    South Dakota State University Assistant Coach;
    former United States Military Academy Preparatory School (USMAPS) Associate Head Coach; helped lead the USMAPS 2017-18 team to an undefeated campaign;
    4x All-American wrestler at Cornell University; NCAA National Title at 197 pounds (2012)

    One of the prettiest takedowns in wrestling is the ankle pick, and in this video, you'll learn the ankle pick from one of the masters of the move: Cam Simaz!

    The ankle pick is a safe technique that can be effective when you need to get two points. The information presented by Coach Simaz will help you increase the number of takedowns you get using the ankle pick.

    Getting Started and Setups

    Simaz leans on his past experience, which includes winning the individual NCAA Title in 2012 (Cornell), to explain and demonstrate three different techniques to get to the ankle pick. From there, he shows how to use head position, hand position, and foot movement setups to hit a shot.

    Adjustments and Finishes

    One of the keys to wrestling is to be able to anticipate what the opponent is going to do next before they actually do it. Coach Simaz addresses many of the different methods that opponents may use in reaction to an ankle pick. You'll also get various combinations of turks and cradles that can quickly put your opponent on their back.

    Finally, Simaz demonstrates multiple finishes that will increase your chances of scoring. He even covers finishes from different wrestling styles (Folkstyle and Freestyle).

    This is one of the most complete breakdowns of the ankle pick ever put together in one place. Coach Simaz has often used the ankle pick to his advantage, and with the help of this video, your wrestlers will soon be able to as well!

    83 minutes. 2019.


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    with John Smith,
    Oklahoma State University Head Coach;
    5x NCAA Championship coach, 2016 NCAA Runners-Up; 2016 Big 12 Coach of the Year - 9x Big 12 Coach of the Year;
    2018 Big 12 Champions - 20x Big 12 Conference Champions;
    2x Olympic Gold Medalist, 6x World Champion, 2x NCAA Champion; 2x NWCA Coach of the Year;
    Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) James E, Sullivan Award (1990; 1st wrestler to win this award); Amateur Athletic Foundation World Trophy (1992);
    First-ever American To Earn FILA's Master of Technique Award (Best technical wrestler in the world, 1990);
    U.S. Olympic Committee Sportsman of the Year (1990); FILA Outstanding Wrestler of the Year (1991);
    USA Wrestling Athlete of the Year (1989); Amateur Wrestling News Man of the Year (1988); U.S. Olympic Committee Titan Award (2004);
    Named one of the 100 Greatest Olympians of All-Time (1996); Member, FILA Hall of Fame (Inducted in 2003);
    Distinguished Member, National Wrestling Hall of Fame (inducted in 1997); Member, Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame (inducted in 1997);
    Member, NCAA 75th Anniversary Team (2005); NWCA College Wrestler of the Year (1987)

    Oklahoma State University head coach John Smith has won at all levels, both as a wrestler and a coach. He's widely known for his capabilities on his feet, but he also had tremendous success pinning. Pinning, to Coach Smith, is the pinnacle of an individual match and he continually states the importance of not just practicing pinning a lot, but practicing 'getting to the pin' as well.

    Combinations and Breakdowns

    Smith covers several different pinning combinations as well as four major breakdowns that can get wrestlers to that point. This video begins with four breakdowns before covering eight different turns for the pin. All of Smith's turns can be performed from each of the various breakdowns, which is what makes this series so effective! Without the breakdowns, wrestlers cannot expect to score near-fall points or get occasional pins.

    Pinning Situations

    Coach Smith breaks down pinning from the feet as well as pinning off of an opponent's attack. These are particularly important areas since opponents are vulnerable as they attack and you can make things end in a hurry if you take advantage of the opportunity. Smith shows three different pins from each spot, and, how to ensure you finish the match quickly to prevent the opponent from ever having a chance.

    Every wrestler loves the excitement of the pin, and this video, from one of the all-time great pinning artists, will help you get more pins. Coach Smith shows solid technique that progresses from the beginning of the breakdown through a basic, but effective pin. Perfect for athletes and coaches at any level.

    59 minutes. 2019.


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    with Dwight Hinson,
    Central Iowa Wrestling Club Head Coach;
    4x All-American at Iowa State University;
    3x Big 12 Champion; 138 career victories

    The 2-on-1, or Russian tie, is one of the most effective ties in all of wrestling. It can be seen at the NCAA and Olympic levels - in folkstyle, freestyle and Greco - but is particularly effective at the youth and high school levels as it provides a strong angle and handle to control the opponent. Once the opponent is worn down, the wrestler can attack while the opponent's offense is limited to a handful of low-percentage moves. Newer wrestlers can use the position to set up their attacks with minimal worry about counters.

    In this video, 4x All-American Dwight Hinson gives you his complete guide to the Russian tie.

    Takedown Series from Russian Tie

    Hinson demonstrates a variety of takedowns with wrestlers from his club. The full series includes 16 takedowns, including:

    • Pull downs
    • Single legs to both sides
    • Dumps and throws
    • Body locks and ducks
    • Ankle picks and knee picks

    Many of the takedowns work in sequence. Coach Hinson builds off the single leg, pull down and inside trip to set up a number of different moves that are difficult to defend once your opponent commits to defending the first move. Keen attention is paid to the placement of the hands throughout each move to maintain angle and connection.

    Follow-Up Pinning Combinations

    The ability to threaten with pinning and turns off of a takedown attempt is invaluable. Not only does the threat of the turn make finishing the takedown easier, it is also the easiest and best moment to score a fall. With virtually every technique shown above, Hinson demonstrates optimal follow-ups into cradles, turks, nelsons, and freestyle laces.

    Freestyle and Greco Techniques

    Coach Hinson doesn't limit himself to teaching folkstyle techniques in this video. He also shows a variety of modifications for freestyle and Greco, as well as follow-ups into leg laces for freestyle. The Russian tie is unique in that it works consistently in all three styles of wrestling, and can be especially effective in setting up upper-body Greco-native techniques. Many of these moves are just small modifications of the freestyle and folkstyle versions.

    This Russian tie series is a complete offensive game plan for wrestlers at any level. Learn how to hand fight, score and pin in one convenient video!

    55 minutes. 2018.