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    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.

    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 Crossbody 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.

    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 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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    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.

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    INSIDE TRIP: Grapple at the Garden documents the premiere of college wrestling inside The World's Most Famous Arena: Madison Square Garden. Witness the build-up to the event, hear from the legends and athletes in attendance, and experience all the action! Check out all of the behind-the-scenes footage, and watch as Cornell and Oklahoma State battle it out in the day's main event!

    28 minutes. 2013.

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    INSIDE TRIP offers an exclusive look into the lives of the best athletes and athletic programs in the country. No where else can viewers get an all-access pass to see how these warriors work to become champions.This edition of INSIDE TRIP covers The University of Maryland wrestling team, as they work through the tough middle of the season. Watch how the Maryland coaches prepare their team to be healthy and ready for March, and get a glimpse into Maryland's future while learning about their move to the BIG 10 Conference. Learn coaching strategies, workouts, and so much more.

    36 minutes. 2013.

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  • 06/01/15--22:00: INSIDE TRIP - USA Wrestling
  • On February 12, 2013, the world of amateur wrestling was changed forever when the International Olympic Committee voted to remove wrestling as one of its core sports beginning in the 2020 Games. With INSIDE TRIP, witness the fight to keep the dream alive and see what is being done to overturn the decision. In addition, for the first time ever viewers get an inside look at USA Wrestling. Hear from the athletes and coaches, see the workouts, and get an all-access behind-the-scenes pass into everything USA Wrestling!

    Follow the U.S. Team from the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs to the heart of New York City for the Rumble on the Rails Beat the Streets event at Grand Central Station. See all the action with the duals between Iran and Russia and get 100% behind-the-scenes access.

    All of this is only available with INSIDE TRIP - USA Wrestling Keeping the Dream Alive.

    60 minutes. 2013.

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  • 06/01/15--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 Mark Ironside,
    2x NCAA Champ and 4x All-American at the University of Iowa; 1998 Dan Hodge Trophy winner

    The difference between a good wrestler and a great wrestler is knowing how to break your opponent down and keep him down. Dan Hodge Trophy winner Mark Ironside teaches the skills necessary to dominate from the top position. His techniques center on applying constant, grinding pressure and the importance of always having forward pressure from the top position.

    Coach Ironside demonstrates four breakdowns that span all the various levels of wrestling, and explains the finer points of each. He shows the Chop & Drive, Deep Waist Far Ankle, Spiral Ride, and Hook Ankle. He also shares six effective turns from these breakdowns, explaining the best option to use depending on how the bottom man reacts. He demonstrates a base drill to make wrestlers work both sides of their opponent, training them to flow from one breakdown to another until the opponent is exhausted. This also serves as a great conditioning drill.

    He concludes the video by demonstrating how to return an opponent to the mat once they reach their feet. You'll see two versions-- how to bring him to the mat by elevating him and another by rotating him down from his hips.

    Go from good to great with these top breakdowns and skills.

    53 minutes. 2014.

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    with Doug Schwab, University of Northern Iowa Head Coach;
    2008 Olympian, 1999 NCAA Champion and 3x NCAA All-American at the University of Iowa;Finished his career at Iowa with 130 wins, 10th best in school history; Former Assistant Coach at the University of Iowa

    Join Doug Schwab as he takes you through three live practices and two individual workout sessions at the University of Northern Iowa. Coach Schwab delivers a behind-the-scenes look at the revitalization of the UNI program into an up-and-coming national power.

    Coach Schwab and his staff cover all aspects of creating a championship program from the wrestling room to morning work to the weight room. See how Coach Schwab conducts practices during the early season (he begins with warm-ups and stretching) and how he adjusts his practice schedule and plan to fit each athlete's specific needs as the season progresses.

    The features of this set include:

    • Hard Drilling - Coach Schwab covers several individual and team drills focused on team trends. This segment of the video shows how to properly drill to get the most out of the technique for each wrestler.
    • Stance and Motion Drills - Coach Schwab emphasizes staying in a good stance as well as down-blocking, sprawling and using these defenses to create scoring opportunities.
    • Live Wrestling and Conditioning - Learn how to use different scenarios and conditioning exercises to maximize your athletes' toughness and stamina. Coach Schwab places his wrestlers in high activity conditioning drill stations or on the mat in live situations. This enables him to focus on the wrestlers on the mat and correct some of their mistakes without idling the rest of the squad.
    • Individual Workouts - Coach Schwab devotes several early morning sessions to working with individual wrestlers to hone their skills and create a specific plan for their body type and ability. These individual workouts are designed to maximize each wrestler's potential. Coach Schwab explains how individual training not only helps the wrestler's skill development but also creates buy-in so that each wrestler knows that you want what is best for them.
    • Weight Room - See a weight-lifting workout routine that is wrestling-specific and will help your athletes get stronger and more conditioned as the season moves forward. This routine builds explosiveness, upper body strength and lower body power that helps with injury prevention.

    The practices shared in this video are high intensity with little down time. Coach Schwab and his staff place a major emphasis on drilling the basics. They constantly move from leg attacks to defense to front headlocks to defending them to bottom work and mat returns. Practice normally finishes with matches or multiple situations. While wrestlers are training and drilling, the coaches move around the practice area correcting whatever needs to be fixed. This prevents the formation of bad habits and keeps athletes fresh.

    Hard work, physical and mental toughness and individual attention by the UNI coaching staff are trademarks of the UNI program. Whether it's in the weight room or in the wrestling room, you'll see how Coach Schwab is building a powerful national contender. After watching this series, you'll see why so many young men are enjoying great success at UNI and why they love wrestling for Coach Schwab.

    "(Coach Schwab) is great one-on-one with his athletes. Doug's knowledge of the sport is so vast that he can give his wrestlers several options for all of the positions they cover."

    385 minutes (5 DVDs). 2014.

    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 Cliff Moore, Edinboro University Assistant Coach;
    2004 NCAA Champion; 3x All-American at Iowa; Back-to-Back Big Ten Champion

    NCAA Champion Cliff Moore shares the bottom technique that made him one of the most difficult wrestlers in the country to ride. In a step-by-step demonstration, he shows you how to perform the push back and how to adapt it to overcome the most difficult wrestling rides.

    Top wrestling has become increasingly better in recent years so any new tools wrestlers can put in their repertoire will help them win at the highest level. The best top wrestlers are using the claw, tight waist and crab ride to immobilize the bottom wrestler. Coach Moore shows you how to beat these rides with his push back position.

    He begins with the fundamentals of the push back. He covers how to start from the bottom, how to drive through hips, how to crash the opposite side elbow and finally, how to react when the top man defends your positioning. He demonstrates a great drill for the beginning wrestlers that teaches them to switch hips as the top man digs for tight waists from side-to-side.

    From there, there are three ways to go: Stand up, tripod, or attack the head.

    • Stand up: Coach Moore shows how to attack hands properly to not give up wrists. He demonstrates a great drill to attack the top hand and put it into the pocket, which prevents opponents from using the opposite hand to lock up the wrists.
    • Tripod: The goal is to push back into the opponent, getting him to slide forward off your wrestler's shoulders. By continuing to use hand control, your wrestler can clear his hips and escape.
    • Switch: Coach Moore shows how to recover if the tight waist is close to your athlete's belly and also how to recover from the belly. A modified push back drill will get the opponent's weight off of your wrestler.

    Defending the Crab Ride, Tight Waist and Claw

    Crab Ride Defense: Coach Moore covers all three ways to reverse from a crib ride. He demonstrates many common positions and how to clear hips to get a reversal. He finishes by showing how to stand-up from a crab rider.

    Claw Ride Defense: Coach Moore starts by demonstrating how to get into the sit out/push back position when a claw is put in. It is crucial to keep the opponent's hips off and to stay down low. The keys to defending the claw all go back to the sit back position, picking a side and attacking hands. Coach Moore shows some instinctual positions that actually prevent your wrestlers from getting away and how those habits can be broken.

    Near Wrist/Bar Arm Defense: Coach Moore shows a technique that will eliminate a near wrist ride. He demonstrates how to get back to the basic push back position and how to transition from almost going to the back to getting to your feet and away.

    Coach Moore includes five specific drills to help inexperienced wrestlers grasp the fundamental positions needed to be effective, and he shows advanced wrestlers how repeatedly going to these positions can clear any position from the bottom.

    More and more wrestlers feel comfortable riding in a crab or claw and keeping opponents down on the mat. This series of techniques eliminates that advantage by using the top man's comfort and tightness to the bottom man's advantage.

    60 minutes. 2014.

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    with Tim Flynn, Edinboro University Head Coach;
    2014 NWCA Division I Coach of the Year, most wins in Edinboro history;

    and Cliff Moore, Edinboro University Assistant Coach;
    2004 NCAA Champion; 3x All-American at Iowa; Back-to-Back Big Ten Champion

    The top position is one of the most difficult in wrestling because it requires wrestlers to maintain control and turn their opponents, which is a challenge for inexperienced athletes. The 2014 NWCA Coach of the Year Tim Flynn and Assistant Coach Cliff Moore have been successful at implementing riding and turning techniques at Edinboro University. In this dynamic presentation, they share their secrets on how to control and turn opponents using effective, practical techniques from the top position.

    The first step in becoming effective from the top position is the ability to break your opponent down off the whistle. Coaches Flynn and Moore share five effective breakdowns plus several variations on each. Breakdowns include:

    • Tight-Waist Chop
    • Thigh Pry Chop
    • Tight-Waist Ankle
    • Spiral Ride
    • Far Knee to a tight waist

    Using these breakdowns, wrestlers will be able to position themselves properly to optimize control, create pinning combinations and turn their opponents for both back points and pins. Pinning combinations include tilts such as:

    • Cross-Wrist Tilt (from the mat and from the rear standing position)
    • Reverse Side Tilt
    • Roll Through Tilt
    • Backhook
    • Bar-Arm Tilt
    • Leg Turks
    • Near Leg Cradles
    • Bars

    The intermediate step between breaking an opponent down and turning them is control. Both coaches demonstrate techniques with solid tips to leverage and control opponents. You'll also learn what to do in various positions such as the tripod and standing position.

    The top position is considered the offensive position yet many wrestlers struggle to score from it. If you are a coach or a wrestler, you'll benefit from the tips and techniques in this presentation. Become a more proficient rider, turner and pinner.

    123 minutes. 2014.

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    with Matt Azevedo, Drexel University Head Coach;
    former Cornell University Assistant Coach;
    2x U.S. National Team member; U.S.Open Freestyle National Champion

    Finishing is all about efficiency. Every wrestler needs to be able to finish and score against the best opponents. Matt Azevedo demonstrates how to use different single-leg finishes based on your opponent's reaction to your attacks. He emphasizes great position and making sure that you can recover it when you lose it. Coach Azevedo does an effective job of breaking down each finish and, even more importantly, gives coaches specific drills that can be used to develop these skills.

    Finishing with a single leg can be tricky if you don't follow several key steps. Coach Azevedo starts by showing what constitutes good single-leg position, emphasizing head, chest and knee positioning. He also shows how to recover the position if you lose it. Knowing the correct hand position and body alignment is often the difference between scoring and not scoring in wrestling. He incorporates several drills that make the position an automatic response, as well as a drill to teach athletes how to go from one side to another while maintaining good position. His explanations in all areas are easy to understand and make great teaching points for wrestlers of all levels.

    Once a strong position is established, Coach Azevedo teaches several finishes, including the following.

    • Attack and Up to Feet - The first series of finishes involve penetrating on your single and maintaining a strong position while coming up to your feet. Coach Azevedo shows four finishes that can be used depending upon how your opponent defends. He also shows how to finish when the opponent puts his foot to the outside of your leg.
    • On the Mat - The next series covers finishing low when an opponent sprawls . Coach Azevedo demonstrates five finishes, including three that show how to score when an opponent uses a "shin whizzer." You won't get stuck against this effective defense, avoiding the stalemate and maintaining the advantage to your takedown.
    • Through the Middle - The last series of finishes deals with going between your opponent's legs. Coach Azevedo shares four techniques, including one that shows how to finish even if your opponent traps your arm. You'll be able to lift your opponent's legs off the ground and avoid the problematic "funk" scramble positions your opponent will try to put you in.

    Coach Azevedo covers different scenarios that will allow all wrestlers to be effective once they get into this position.

    In order to score, positioning has to be right and you have to know how to recover when you lose it. Coach Azevedo, who has based much of his competitive offense off these positions, has developed a system of teaching that will make advanced wrestlers stronger in these positions and reinforce great fundamentals in less experienced athletes.

    Another amazing video on the single leg. There is nothing revolutionary in here just good solid technique that can be used at all levels. His way of dealing with a leg on the outside has already made improvement in our athlete's success rates in finishing the single. - Kevin Webb

    74 minutes. 2014.

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  • 06/01/15--22:00: Changeover Hip Heist Series
  • with Matt Azevedo, Drexel University Head Coach;
    Former Cornell University Assistant Coach;
    2x U.S. National Team member; 2008 U.S. Open Freestyle National Champion

    Not every athlete has the ability to get to their feet quickly. The general rule of thumb from the bottom is to hit a stand-up off the whistle. National champion Matt Azevedo shows how a changeover can impact that line of thinking and lead to several different options for the bottom wrestler. In addition, you'll learn how to recover faster from a takedown and other transitional positions.

    The changeover is more explosive move than the standard escape and it gets wrestlers of any body style out quicker. It's great for creating space and motion from the bottom position. Starting with the basic technique, Coach Azevedo breaks the changeover down into three easily understandable steps that all roll into one very effective motion. He emphasizes where the technique could fall apart and where there is room for personalization.

    Coach Azevedo shows how to use a changeover to perform a hip heist, which helps explosive wrestlers get away quickly and easily. He demonstrates several that can be used in practice to improve the wrestler's ability to do a hip heist. He also shares several options that can be used after executing the changeover, including:

    • Power switch - This more powerful, explosive version of the switch allows you to escape and reverse the position.
    • Stand-up - Learn how to combine the stand-up with the changeover so your less powerful athletes are able to get to their feet.
    • Granby roll - See how to get the top wrestler out of position and what move to hit when they are out of position.

    The drills in this section emphasize what really happens in a match, giving wrestlers a feel for its usefulness. With practice, the move becomes second nature and athletes perform it automatically to move from the bottom.

    You'll also see the effectiveness of the changeover in countering one of the top rides at any level - the Spiral Ride, and how to get quick escapes after takedowns with the changeover. These are all great ways to integrate a highly effective bottom position into your arsenal no matter the position of the athlete.

    The changeover is an effective move that athletes at any level can do off the whistle or as a transition move. This technique will open up several doors for escapes or reversals by the bottom man. Coach Azevedo has a great teaching style that will help any coach or parent enable their athlete to pick it up and use in short order.

    It's a great video for all athletes and coaching levels ... Coach Azevedo combines two explosive moves, the change over and granby roll, to create an unstoppable escape! - Chester Chen

    51 minutes. 2014.

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    with Matt Azevedo, Drexel University Head Coach;
    former Cornell University Assistant Coach;
    2x U.S. National Team member; U.S.Open Freestyle National Champion

    The collar tie is one of the most common tie ups in wrestling. Every wrestler needs to know how to clear it and use it against his opponent. In this instructional presentation, Matt Azevedo shows how to clear a collar tie using his elbow pass series. Not only does he demonstrate how to clear the tie, he also demonstrates how to score once the tie has been cleared.

    Coach Azevedo breaks down the elbow pass technique into its fundamental positions and identifies three key steps that develop great habits in using it. He also discusses places that less experienced wrestlers will falter and shows how to correct them. He shares several drills to reinforce the fundamentals. The purpose of the drill progression is to get wrestlers familiar with moving their hands and feet in order to get the proper motion to break a collar tie, and develop muscle memory to execute the move in match conditions.

    Opponents react in multiple ways to the elbow pass. Coach Azevedo demonstrates seven different attacks off the elbow pass that can be used depending on how your opponent reacts. These attacks include high-level singles, low-level single, comeback single, high crotch, front headlocks and ankle pick. He discusses favorite leg attacks, how to use them to set up other ties or how to attack when no leg is presented.

    The elbow pass is a key position that any wrestler (beginner to advanced) can benefit from using properly. Many wrestlers, novice to highly experienced, attack with a collar tie and control the position very well. This presentation teaches how to take away that advantage. Add to it the plethora of attacks that are available and you can move from being controlled to controlling almost every position on your feet.

    It will be useful from the beginning to anyone that watches it, from grade school wrestling all the way up to high school. I particularly enjoyed the "Ankle Pick" section, as I believe his adjustment to the move doubles its effectiveness. - Chester Chen

    53 minutes. 2014.

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  • 06/01/15--22:00: Ed Ruth - Takedowns
  • Ed Ruth, Penn State's first and only 3 time NCAA Champion shows set-ups, takedowns, and finishes that he used to dominate his opponents!

    Ruth's instruction covers:

    • Level Change
    • Collar Ties
    • High Crotch technique
    • Sweep Single
    • Snap Downs
    • Snap Down to Craddle
    • Arm Drags
    • Fireman's Carry
    • Peak Outs
    • and more!

    42 minutes + bonus features. 2014.

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    Ed Ruth, Penn State's first 3-time NCAA Champion, shows you how to stay in great position on bottom and score a 5 point reversal that could lead to a Pin! Ed also shows cutting edge techniques that he used to reverse and escape from even toughest opponents!

    Three-time NCAA Champions Ed Ruth demonstrates over 10 techniques to score from the bottom position. You'll see:

    • Stand-up Technique
    • Switch
    • Granby Roll
    • Peterson Roll
    • defense to legs, cross wrist and lifts
    • and more

    In addition, Ruth covers 12 strength and quickness exercises he uses.

    39 minutes. 2014.

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  • 06/01/15--22:00: Ed Ruth - Riding and Pinning
  • 2014 U.S. World Team member Ed Ruth presents the top position techniques that helped him claim three NCAA titles. He covers more than 15 techniques, including crossface cradles, 2-on-1 roll through tilt, the Ruth Ride, The Ruth Cradle, Easton tilt and more. You'll also see how Ruth defends cradle and helf nelsons.

    29 minutes. 2014.

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    with Joe LeBlanc,
    University of Northern Colorado Assistant Coach;
    4x All-American at the University of Wyoming; three-time NWCA Academic All-American; most wins (147) in University of Wyoming wrestling

    Give your wrestlers a mental edge over their competition! The mental side of wrestling is an important component of wrestling that many coaches and athletes overlook. Four-time All American Joe LeBlanc addresses that omission with an effective approach to strengthening the mental side of the sport.

    The Championship Taper
    The wrestling season can be a grind leading to burnout. Coach LeBlanc shares strategies for transitioning athletes from preseason to regular season to peak performance at championship time. You'll learn the appropriate intensity and repetition ratios for each phase of the season and principles for keeping your wrestlers physically and mentally fresh during the championship run.

    Match Routines and Strategies
    Getting ready for a match can be one of the hardest things an athlete does. Coach LeBlanc shares his approach to preparing athletes for a match. He talks about pre- and post-match routines, and how they are specific to each athlete. He uses his background in kinesiology to address proper hydration and nutrition before competition. Gain insights on match strategy, scouting, match planning and motivation. Knowing how to approach an opponent, especially a top-tier wrestler, is an underused tactic.

    Post-match analysis is essential if your athletes are going to improve. Learn how to deal with an athlete after wins or losses and how to maintain their focus for their next match. Included is a segment on how a coach can use video to improve an athlete's performance.

    Discover specific warm-ups for reducing injuries and preparing wrestlers to function at a high level in practice and in competitions.

    Coach LeBlanc uses dynamic movement to begin a training session and static movements to complete a session. The progression shown will get every athlete ready to perform at an optimal level. The cool-down shown will get your athletes ready for the next match and increase their flexibility.

    This presentation will benefit wrestlers, coaches and parents. These techniques help athletes recover quickly after a loss and keep them hungry when they are dominating the competition. Wrestling is not just about the physical nature of the sport. This presentation reinforces that often-overlooked mental training that can help wrestlers grow and improve.

    33 minutes. 2014.

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    with Joe LeBlanc,
    University of Northern Colorado Assistant Coach;
    4x All-American at the University of Wyoming; three-time NWCA Academic All-American; most wins (147) in University of Wyoming wrestling

    Joe LeBlanc's philosophy is to stay "one step ahead of your opponent." In this presentation, he teaches you how to do that with techniques to get out from the bottom position. He also discusses the mindset needed to confidently attack and score from the bottom position.

    In this video, you will learn a basic stand-up, how to defend against tough leg riders and discover several options for properly clearing the hands so you won't get stopped and end up on your belly.

    Start Position
    Coach LeBlanc begins by covering the bottom start position and how wrestlers can keep their weight back, hands light and prevent opponents from getting to their ankles. He shows how to keep an opponent from attacking the wrists and also includes a drill to reinforce the technique in several positions.

    Stand-up Escape
    All wrestlers must know how to perform a stand-up escape. Coach LeBlanc shares his version of an outside leg stand-up that enables the bottom wrestler to get his head and chest up without exploding up. It also leads into the changeover technique.

    You'll see two common problems that wrestlers encounter with the stand-up and how to rectify them. Coach LeBlanc shows how knee slides from a safe referee's position allow wrestlers to pressure back into the opponent to get away. Once you get to your feet, Coach LeBlanc focuses on hand fighting and hip separation to be in the proper position and avoid being returned to the mat.

    Leg Riding
    Leg riding is becoming more popular and every wrestler who wants to be a champion must know how to defend against it. Coach LeBlanc covers six techniques to use when defending against leg riders and common mistakes to avoid in implementing them.

    Many of his techniques attack the leg and, if wrestlers don't fight the pressure, they can lead to a reversal and even a pin. You will see what to do when a leg rider seat belts a leg, a short sit series, a high bridge, a Peterson and a shin shuck-an explosive movement with a full hip heist. He also shows how to hit the shin shuck with a half-hip heist that leads into a Peterson.

    Granby Roll
    Learn the key techniques to making the Granby roll work for an escape or a reversal. LeBlanc breaks it down into simple positions that are easy for athletes to execute and easy for coaches to break down in the training room. You'll see several different ways to perform the Granby, as well as how to avoid the common mistakes to hitting the move.

    Chain Wrestle
    You'll also get a number of drills to help athletes become chain wrestlers from the bottom. Coach LeBlanc starts with simple stand-up drills and moves to a chain wrestling drill that works on putting different bottom techniques together to reinforce proper positioning from the bottom and develop muscle memory. Coach LeBlanc show a fantastic way of shadow wrestling the bottom position so that your athletes can get in extra mat time.

    Develop the skills needed to create confident, dominant wrestlers that score from the bottom position regardless of the opponent's skill level. Don't be satisfied with a one-point escape-go for a five-point move or a pin!

    39 minutes. 2014.

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    with Joe LeBlanc,
    University of Northern Colorado Assistant Coach;
    4x All-American at the University of Wyoming; three-time NWCA Academic All-American; most wins (147) in University of Wyoming wrestling

    Many young wrestlers pause at key positions hampering their ability to dominate from the top. The top position is where wrestlers can separate the score by attacking and staying one step ahead of their opponent. The goal is to go from a takedown right into turns and from the turns right into a pin. In this video from Championship Productions, Joe LeBlanc teaches effective breakdowns and how to transition directly into tilts, turns and pins.

    Chop Breakdown
    Coach LeBlanc shares a unique version of the chop breakdown that involves making the offside arm more primary. With a standard chop, too many athletes end up on their hip, losing precious position and time. His focus is to bury the bottom man's hips to the mat instead of driving over his arm and pulling him into your lap. His breakdown works off the whistle from the referee's position, as well as when the opponent attempts a sit-out and a stand-up. This small change in technique can mean the difference in pinning an opponent and barely holding him down.

    Tilt Series
    After breaking down an opponent to the mat, Coach LeBlanc covers two different tilt series from this modified chop breakdown. You will learn a tight waist chop; an excellent low-risk tilt that can rack up a lot of back points. You will also learn how to combine this strategy with an arm-across-the-back tilt series that can morph into a near-wrist hammerlock - a high percentage pinning combination.

    Claw Ride
    The claw ride is an extremely popular wrestling technique for both riding and turning an opponent. Coach LeBlanc teaches some unique variations of the claw ride that provide new opportunities to score from this position. You'll see how to transition directly into various tilts from a standing claw ride, a claw spiral, and hips over and across. Many of the tilts can be turned into pins.

    These tilts are very basic, but are all devastatingly effective to turn and pin even the toughest opponent.

    Coach LeBlanc also shows a unique way of countering a sit-out that eliminates the opponent's chance to escape. His twist puts the wrestler into a common position that results in near-fall points.

    Separate yourself from other wrestlers by becoming dominant in the top position! Coach LeBlanc shows you how in this dynamic presentation.

    49 minutes. 2014.

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