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[Video] Short offense, finer details

About 50% of takedown opportunities come off of short offense…countering your opponent's shot.

Unfortunately, a large majority of wrestlers make crucial mistakes that keep them from scoring.

These are easily correctable mistakes if you know the finer details

Just a few small points that make a big difference, the difference between securing the takedown and losing the points.

This is one of the many situations I’ll be covering in my upcoming Fall Takedown Monster Camp, as well as my Fall Youth Camp, which is modeled after the monster camp.

Watch this short video to see how you can increase the odds of scoring off your opponents shots.

Give yourself a top three mini-evaluation
Give yourself a Top Three Mini-Evaluation

Give yourself a Top Three Mini-Evaluation

This one is specifically geared toward current, active wrestlers but if you’re a coach or parent, you can show this to your athlete as well.

Do yourself a favor and do a mini-evaluation today.  Here’s how it works:

Write down the 3 biggest technical areas of concern you currently face (please don’t say, “Takedowns”, “Top”, “Down” either!)

Be as specific as possible (example:  “I have trouble when people grab my head”, or “I can’t counter legs when someone gets them in.”)

Next, outline your plan for improving in these top three areas – whether through your school coach, an upcoming camp or clinic, or training session with a professional coach.

Feel free to comment right here on this blog,  or email me if you prefer, to share your results.

Have you ever played the cereal game?

Here’s how the game goes: one person lies on his back, while someone else starts tapping his forehead and tells him to name all the cereals he can in a certain amount of time.

What usually happens is, this person has trouble naming hardly any cereals. Same person who could probably rattle off a dozen of them with no problem, all of a sudden is stuck.


Because, quite, simply, things are different when there is pressure and resistance.  Or someone tapping on your head.

Just as humans struggle to perform under pressure, under duress, wrestlers go through the same thing.  Guys who look great in practice, all of a sudden freeze up in the bright lights of a match.

Sound like anyone you know?

How does one fix that? 

Well, there's one key thing you can do that will go a long way toward alleviating this problem…

Have your system down.

If you learn a system, and train hard to internalize that system so it is second nature, then you will hit it when it counts, under the lights and under pressure.

I have a lot more to say about the mental side of wrestling.  I'll post something soon, either here on the blog or to my email list.

New Video Post: What to do when the whistle blows

Have you ever wished you could put the opponent on defense as soon as the whistle blows?  Get him to worry about your attacks instead of the other way around?

I teach every Attack System Wrestler this very skill, so that we can dominate matches.

Exactly 2 minutes and 22 seconds after clicking on the video below, you will get to see how we accomplish this key skill.

New Video post: Beating the collar tie

Check out my new technique video that will show you how to beat one of the most common attacks in wrestling. Its also a technique we worked on in ACE recently. Check out this video here.

Learn the explosive Attack System Power Sit Series

A Powerful and Explosive System

Our power sit series is unique to our Attack System program for several reasons.

First, the series is really very easy to learn because we build off fundamental principles and continue to expand on it.

Because of this, athletes learn to utilize parts of it very quickly. I’ve had athletes score with it within days of learning the first steps.

Next, it follows a fundamental principle of our overall Attack System which is: it puts your opponent on the defense right away.

Finally, we score multiple ways with this series, which adds to its power.

Some fundamentals we stress with this series:

1. When we go to a sit-out, its not truly a sit-out.  We only hit one hip and we don’t stay there for longer than a split second. Any longer than that allows the opponent to attack you from a vulnerable position.

2. We always teach athletes to Move the hand first – that way, you beat the chop, and keep the opponent from tying up that arm.
This is accentuated throughout our system by use of our terrific Hips Series.

The power sit series is quick and explosive, and gives you many scoring options. Athletes in my system who use it, score the following ways: Sit/Turn in, Sit/Switch, Sit/Granby, Sit/Peterson, Sit/Standup. It is an excellent series to get you moving, and create openings.

Now, for some strategy on using our Power Sit series.

If you have trouble standing up, or moving from down position, this is a good series for you. If you are strong, athletic, with great hips – you should use a stand up most of the time.

The Power Sit is also a good strategy against a cradle rider. Good sit-outs can wreak havoc on a cradle wrestler’s game plan.  I’ve had some of the best cradle riders in the state tell me that first-hand.

Just make sure you follow the fundamentals listed above – don’t stay in the sit long, or you will put that cradle rider back in his game.  Another important point regarding cradle riders:  Make sure you don’t Step with your outside leg – just rotate the knee, keeping the ankle where it is.

This is one of the series I teach in many of my training opportunities.

What a wrestler can learn from a Sheep Dog


I read an article lately about sheep dogs (ours is a Border Collie), and what researchers have learned recently about how they go about herding.

Its not quite what most people would think.

If you ask most people, “How does a Border Collie (or any sheep dog) go about herding animals, you’d get answers like, “they chase after them” or “they bite their ankles” – missing the biggest part of it.

The truth is, border collies follow a simple process. In that process, they do the following:

1. Bind the sheep together.  Get them as close together as possible.
2. Move them where they are supposed to go.
3. If, at any time, a sheep gets loose, or the herd starts to spread out – back to step one.

This brings me back to my original question:  What can a wrestler learn from a border collie?

One word sums it up:  Process.

Just as a sheepdog follows a simple process, a winning wrestler does the same thing.

In our system, the process is simple:
1. Position yourself so you can’t be attacked.
2. Pressure and break the opponent’s position.
3. Attack and score.

Our wrestlers are taught precisely how to apply each step of the process which leads to winning matches.

Athletes that don’t have a process, or a system, don’t know what their next step is going to be.  Therefore they tend to wait for the opponent to set the pace.  Not the best plan for success.

Athletes could learn their best path to success by studying the border collie.