Welcome to Level 8 of the Dynamic Wrestling Curriculum

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Video Looped Video Important Details
1. Key Concepts to learn: Low-level attacks can be effective, but are riskier than high-level attacks. We will learn the 3 most common low-level attacks: The single leg, the high crotch, and the double leg. Always keep your head up when taking a shot. Always perform a level change. A shot without a level change is guaranteed to fail! Understand the difference between a high-crotch (head on the outside) and a single leg (head on the inside) and which side to shoot to (determined by your lead leg).
2. Double leg (with head in the chest) Looped video
  • Was the shot executed at proper range (not too close and not too far)?
  • Did the wrestler start with a level change, bringing his chest to his thigh? (the feet should not be too close together, and it should not be possible to get any lower)
  • Did the wrestler keep his head up, placing his lead-leg eye in the center of his opponents chest?
  • Did the wrestler drive to his feet while keeping his hips in?
  • Did the wrestler keep his hips in for the finish?
  • 3. High Crotch with lifting finish (no setup) Looped video
  • Did the wrestler execute the move on his back-leg side?
  • Did the wrestler start with his hand deep in his opponents armpit?
  • Did the wrestler use a full level change taking advantage of gravity (his feet should be close together, and his posture upright)?
  • Did the wrestler’s arm reach between the opponent's leg, straight up toward his lower back?
  • Did the wrestler clear the opponent's arm (so that it doesn’t get stuck)?
  • Did the wrestler swing his foot around, so that it lands behind the opponent, between the opponent’s legs?
  • Did the wrestler Grab his own elbow when driving to his feet?
  • Did the wrestler use his hips for the lifting finish?
  • 4. Knee-snatch single leg (no setup) Looped video
  • Single Leg (ask for the wrestlers to demonstrate without a knee-snatch first, and then with 1 handed and 2 handed knee-snatches)
  • Did the wrestler execute the move on his lead-leg side?
  • Did the wrestler take a trigger step to the outside, bringing his chest on his thigh, and keeping his legs wide?
  • Did the wrestler land on a post?
  • Did the wrestler hit his opponent’s thigh with his neck?
  • Did the wrestler “spear the ankle” to ensure that he gets to the corner?
  • Did the wrestler finish with a far-reach? Or did the wrestler “shelf-it” first, and then take it up to the lockdown position?
  • 5. Hip trick Looped video
  • Did the wrestler start with a belly-roll and a post?
  • Did the wrestler go shoelaces to the mat, in order to put pressure on his opponents shoulder?
  • Did the wrestler finish with a near-armpit go-behind?
  • 6. Single leg defense (belly roll) Looped video
  • Belly-Roll (single leg defense on the mat)
  • Did the wrestler use his stomach to cover the opponent's head?
  • Did the belly-roll arm block the hip? (it is incorrect if it is wrapped around the chest)
  • Did the wrestler post on his free arm, leaning far enough to stop his opponent from running the pipe?
  • Did the wrestler have a system for scoring if he is able to put his opponent on his hip?
  • 7. Single leg finish when he sprawls (Run the pipe, switch to double) Looped video
  • Did the wrestler protect his ankles?
  • Did the wrestler use choked-up wrestler’s-grip, pulling his opponent’s knee off of the mat?
  • Did the wrestler use his neck to run-the-pipe?
  • Did the wrestler pick his head up BEFORE cutting off to the double?
  • 8. Getting past the belly roll (post and corner) Looped video
  • Using “post and corner” to get past the opponent’s belly-roll
  • Did the wrestler protect his ankles?
  • Did the wrestler use choked-up wrestler’s-grip, pulling his opponent’s knee off of the mat?
  • Did the wrestler FIRST attempt to run-the-pipe?
  • Did the wrestler switch to a post and a corner? (the post must be on his hand with his arm straight down)
  • Did the wrestler go “neck deep,” avoiding the opponent’s overhook?
  • Did the wrestler shelf it to finish?
  • Did the wrestler stay low when finishing from the shelf-it position?
  • Did the wrestler finish with the legs?
  • 9. High Crotch defense Looped video
  • Did the wrestler place one arm into a bell-roll, and the other arm into a cross-face (grabbing the back of the tricep)?
  • Did the wrestler square his hips, putting enormous pressure on the opponent’s shoulder?
  • Did the wrestler use a near-armpit and a butt-drag to complete the bo-behind?
  • 10. High Crotch defense with a sprawl Looped video
  • Did the wrestler sprawl while doing a ¼ turn, making sure his opponent lands at a bad angle?
  • Did the wrestler land with his arms in the correct position (If the opponent’s grip was locked: belly roll and cross-face grabbing the tricep. If the opponent’s grip was not locked, they should move directly to near-armpit and butt-drag)?
  • Did the wrestler square his hips, putting enormous pressure on the opponent’s shoulder?
  • Did the wrestler use a near-armpit and a butt-drag to complete the bo-behind?
  • Did the wrestler know he could skip to near-armpit and butt-drag if the opponent did not lock his grip?
  • 11. Double leg defense (to hip trick) Looped video
  • Double leg defense to hip-trick (have them demonstrate first without a shot, then while sprawling on a shot)
  • Did the wrestler cover his opponents neck (with a belly roll, leaning out on his post)\
  • Did the wrestler use hip-trick to score?
  • When sprawling, did the wrestler turn his hips to put his opponent at a bad angle?
  • 12. Double leg defense (when head is between the legs) Looped video
  • Did the wrestler use his thumps in his opponent’s hips, pushing himself back?
  • Did the wrestler bring one leg forward and the other back, while bringing his head to the side of the leg he brought forward?
  • Did the wrestler move to near-armpit to score?
  • 13. Review of the basic defenses
    14. Pounce Drill Looped video
  • Did the wrestler first match his opponent’s head position, while at a distance?
  • Did the wrestler approach with good head position, while using a stiff-arm?
  • Did the wrestler pounce using one hand and one forearm?
  • Did the wrestler snap after the pounce?
  • Did the wrestler use a near-armpit go-behind to score?
  • Fitness Requirements:

    Exercise
    1. 30 perfect pushups
    2. 90 Neck ups (and side to sides)
    3. 7 Perfect Pull-ups
    4. 60 situps in 60 seconds
    5. Can do front headspring/handspring
    6. 4 circle chasers to each side

    Practice Plan (to be done with a partner):

    Basic Drills

    1. Double leg with head in chest 20x
    2. High crotch with lifting finish 20x
    3. Knee snatch single 20x
    4. 90 neck ups
    5. 30 push ups
    6. 5 Circle Chasers
    7. Hip trick 10x both sides
    8. Single leg defense belly roll 10x
    9. Single leg - run the pipe finish 10x
    10. Getting past belly roll with the post and corner 10x
    11. 7 pull ups
    12. 60 sit ups
    13. Double leg defense to hip trick 10x
    14. Double leg defense when head is between legs 10x
    15. 5 Front Head springs and 5 front Handsprings
    16. Pounce drill 20x

    Complex Drills

    1. Knee snatch single to each single leg defense
    2. Knee snatch Single to post and corner finish
    3. Chase the corner with a single leg as he follows switch to double leg on opposite side