Here is a template of how I run my Wrestling training. I pretty much stick with this same plan but will occasionally switch it as I see fit.
Lesson 1- is always on superior conditioning. I can’t stress enough of the importance on being in top wrestling shape. I was not the most skilled grappler but I was tough and in great condition. I actually have newspaper clippings that tell of my toughness and how it made me the leading the candidate for varsity even though I was lacking in the experience/skill department.
Lesson 2- Aggressiveness. I was a preasure wrestler, attacking all the time. I never was a counter guy. So I impement this to my guys.
Lesson 3- Chain wrestling. Instructing the boys on how to go from one position to the next, always working to be in proper position before going for a submission. Finding what works for them and then chaining off of that.
- Position 1, 2, 3, 4
- 2-side control
Lesson 4- Footwork, how to move and the importance of when you step with the lead leg the rear leg follows. Changing levels using the legs, with lots of focus on the Penetration step. No bending at the waist trying to go for a double or a single. Step and drag for crying out loud.
Lesson 5- Strong beats Weak. I believe this 100% because I have done it. Power will often overcome technique. You can have all the technique mastered you want but if I can power out of your technique then what good is it going to do for you? So I teach my guys to be as strong as their body will let them. Bring out their full potential with what God gave them.
Lesson 6- Posture, where the mans legs are placed for maximum balance and center of gravity. How to take the opponent’s center of gravity away from him thus allowing you to stretch him out.
Lesson 7- Head Control, where the head goes the body follows. I will usually teach this during the first phase of lesson 1. Here I emphasise the importance of working the neck and controlling the opponents head. We do this by pulling, pushing, slapping and putting as much pressure on the opponents neck as we can.
Lesson 8- Stand up, Sit-out and Attack.
Lesson 9- Tie-ups, Grip control and Set-ups.
Lesson 10- Double leg & Single leg take-down variations.
Again I teach according to the student but this is the basic template that I stick with.
Wrestling cannot be taught over night. This is my opinion. We drill and drill and drill some more.
Not all holds will work for everyone, I have holds I can teach but yet I have never got them on an opponent in sparring or a real competition. So it is up to the student to find what works for them and doesn’t.
Let the Stretching Begin