Long long time ago in a galaxy not-so-far-away, I was working with a group of kids, along with mixing it up on the mats with them.
One of them, I call him Jeff (although his dad calls him Jeffrey), a particularly talented athlete (ended up winning 3 state titles), had just scrapped with me, and his buddy was next.
His buddy asks him, any advice?
Jeff replies, Yeah – just don’t touch him.
His way of saying he was about to get owned in handfighting.
Every since I became a competitor, I’ve loved handfighting – and have seeked out winning methods from near and far to add to my arsenal. Through my years competing in high school, college and international style, plus an additional 30 years of training athletes (woo, that’s old!), I’ve carefully crafted a system of handfighting that has helped wrestlers stymie top level opponents for decades.
So much so that it has helped many a ‘lesser’ athlete control and defeat athletes far more gifted than themselves.
Which goes hand in hand with this fact: most of the really talented athletes are lacking in handfighting skills. It leaves them vulnerable to athletes who learn how to handfight effectively and can tie them up in knots as a result.
Case in point, last year’s Big Ten championships where I observed a top level former national champion struggling to control his opponent, missing wide open handfighting opportunities – and losing as a result.
Here’s how you can tell if you struggle in handfighting….
If you get out of position (head down or away, elbows away from body, etc) when the opponents:
- Grab your head
- Get a two on one
- Grab your wrist
- Put a hand on you
- Get an underhook
- Get an over/under
Then you are potentially missing out on a ton of points and wins due to handfighting.
If you struggle to flip ANY of those positions to your advantage, well…
Handfighting Superiority can help you
Even if you’re not convinced yet that you want to wrestle the Olympic styles of freestyle and greco – joining the club to supersize your handfighting skills is more valuable to your wrestling bottom line than just about anything else you can do.
Its a big reason why Freestyle and Greco will help you accelerate your handfighting skills to higher levels that are nearly impossible to reach without them.
Especially in my room where:
- I don’t take 100 kids or pack it in as tightly as possible
- I keep the number of athletes I accept to a level where every athlete gets my attention
- Have a question? I will always make time for you (stay after, see me at water break time – we’ll make it happen)
- Our culture here is built around support – veteran wrestlers often help less experienced athletes with their skill (my training regimen is designed to make this even more possible)
- Video training throughout the spring to re-enforce what was taught in the room
- Freestyle/greco essential DVD that every club member gets (and includes some excellent handfighting in it even though I rarely talk about that
- Systematic fast implementation training methods developed over decades, meaning you have an opportunity to retain important details at a much higher level than ever thought possible
- A full travel schedule that allows you to test your skills against athletes far and wide, not just in your back yard.
Speaking of numbers….
Because I insist on working with every athlete, and only take as many as I can work with in sessions, I strictly limit the spots available in my trainings.
Further, we are rapidly running out of openings. If you want in, grab your spot now before its gone.