Welcome to Level 9 of the Dynamic Wrestling Curriculum

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Video Looped Video Important Details
1. Key Concepts to learn: The different styles of leg riding
2. Leg-switch Looped video
  • Did the wrestler wait for his opponent to be in a cross-body ride?
  • Did the wrestler sit-out in the correct direction (first lifting up his knee on the side of the leg-ride)?
  • Once on his butt, did the wrestler scoot so that his knee becomes between the opponents legs?
  • Did the wrestler come on top without posting his arm on the mat (pulling himself on top by the opponent’s waist?)
  • 3. Power-half from double legs Looped video
  • Did the wrestler keep his legs shallow (double legs should wrap around the ankles)
  • Did the wrestler hook an armpit, and use the knife of his forearm to force his opponents head down? The wrestler’s arm should be at a 45 degree angle.
  • Did the wrestler lock his powerhalf on his forearm, with his thumb in the elbow-pit?
  • Did the wrestler lean his body weight, forcing his opponent’s head under his own arm-pit?
  • Did the wrestler properly transition to a pinning combination (after scoring back points) by switching to a half, posting his arm, and coming on top? (the final position should have the opponent's chest squeezed between the wrestler’s knees)
  • 4. Power-half from short-boot, single crab Looped video
  • Did the wrestler push his opponent’s ankle outward with the single-crab (this applies pressure on the opponent’s hip)?
  • Did the wrestler hook an armpit, and use the knife of his forearm to force his opponents head down? The wrestler’s arm should be at a 45 degree angle.
  • Did the wrestler lock his powerhalf on his forearm, with his thumb in the elbow-pit?
  • Did the wrestler lean his body weight, forcing his opponent’s head under his own arm-pit?
  • Did the wrestler properly transition to a pinning combination (after scoring back points) by switching to a half, posting his arm, and coming on top? (the final position should have the opponent's chest squeezed between the wrestler’s knees)
  • 5. Peel-back Looped video
  • Did the wrestler use a “double mustache” (both of his thumbs underneath the opponent’s nose) to pull the opponent’s head all the way back?
  • Did the wrestler use the back of his hand to continue lifting the opponent’s head up and away, while switching the other hand to an underhook?
  • Did the wrestler slide the underhook arm down to a short-hook?
  • Once in the tilting position, instruct the opponent to roll into the wrestler. Did the wrestler transition into the spider-web position to stop the reversal?
  • 6. Peel-back from base Looped video
  • This move should only be done if the opponent’s posture is so upright that a power-half is not possible.
  • There is no heed for the double mustache, the wrestler should immediately pull the underhook and the chin (with the back of their hand) into the peel-back position.
  • 7. Jacob’s Looped video
  • Instruct the top wrestler to start with a power-half, and the bottom wrestler to flatten to defend.
  • Did the wrestler figure-four his legs and “open” his opponent's hips?
  • Did the wrestler apply pressure to the opponent’s back by staying close, arching his own back, and pulling with his figure four?
  • Did the wrestler stay on his own forearm (so that he can pull/crawl, and also so that he can “get to the high-ground” in the event the opponent rolls into him)?
  • Did the wrestler use his elbow to pull his opponent into near-fall criteria by hooking the opponent's shoulder with his forearm (temporarily releasing the head)?
  • 8. Jacob’s (underhook version) Looped video
  • Did the wrestler figure-four his legs and “open” his opponent's hips?
  • Did the wrestler apply pressure to the opponent’s back by staying close, arching his own back, and pulling with his figure four?
  • Did the wrestler stay on his own forearm (so that he can pull/crawl, and also so that he can “get to the high-ground” in the event the opponent rolls into him)?
  • Did the wrestler pull the opponent into near-fall criteria with an underhook?
  • 9. Jacob’s hook Looped video
  • Instruct the wrestler to start by doing a jacobs, and then transition into the Jacob's-hook for the pin.
  • Did the wrestler keep the opponent’s upper arm encircled with the bar-arm? (it is incorrect if he ends up encircling the opponent’s forearm)
  • Did the wrestler tighten the opponent's arm by supporting his own body weight on his elbow that is doing the jacob’s-hook?
  • 10. Jacob's hook from sit-out Looped video
  • Ask the wrestler to start by getting a Jacob’s, then have the opponent situp (as if to go behind the wrestler).
  • Did the wrestler release his figure four and move to his knees?
  • Did the wrestler keep the opponent’s upper arm encircled with the bar-arm? (it is incorrect if he ends up encircling the opponent’s forearm)
  • Did the wrestler wait for his opponent to try to go behind him? If the opponent doesn’t attempt to go behind him, the wrestler should switch to a bar-arm. If the opponent goes belly-down, the wrestler should resume the Jacob’s.
  • Did the wrestler tighten the opponent's arm by supporting his own body weight on his elbow that is doing the jacob’s-hook?
  • 11. Elbow slice Looped video
  • Instruct the wrestler to demonstrate the move starting with the opponent in his base. Ask the opponent to remain strong in his base during the breakdown portion of the move.
  • Did the wrestler flatten his opponent by walking his feet backwards while sliding his arm down his opponents arms? (He should start hooking the armpits, but finish the breakdown with his forearms by the opponent’s wrists)
  • Did the wrestler “scorpion” his opponents legs, and keep the scorpion until finally reaching the half nelson (a few steps later).
  • Did the wrestler isolate the opponent’s arm, by shifting their check on top of the arm, and hugging it to his own chest, with his palm facing upward?
  • Did the wrestler post on the mat, lifting his opponents arm with his lower back muscles, and really stretching the opponent out? Wrestler’s commonly push-up off of the opponent’s head, this is incorrect.
  • Did the wrestler switch his post arm to the back of the opponent’s head?
  • Did the wrestler “slice” with the opponent’s arm (focusing on bringing the opponent’s elbow in a wide-arc towards the back of his own head)?
  • 12. how to defend an old-school leg ride Looped video
  • Did the wrestler put his opponent down on his hip (on the side of the leg-ride)?
  • Did the wrestler have correct posture (on both of his elbows with his head up)?
  • Did the wrestler remove his opponent’s old-school-leg with his knee, and then push back into his base?
  • Did the wrestler secure a reversal
  • 13. Defending double legs (from bottom)
  • Did the wrestler straighten his leg to hook his opponent’s ankle, bringing his opponent’s leg across his waist?
  • Did the wrestler try for a reversal without being too aggressive and potentially rolling?
  • 14. Ankle-lace leg-entry
  • Did the wrestler post his knuckles on the mat, while lifting his opponent’s ankle up high?
  • Did the wrestler hop his free leg until it is under his opponent’s belly, and then switch to a figure four?
  • Did the wrestler attempt to get a jacob’s by hopping in a circle?
  • 15. High crotch with setup
  • Did the offensive wrestler make contact with a pull-push (with the pulling arm on his back-leg side)? Is the wrestler posting on his opponent’s chest/shoulder, and pulling with his fingers hooked deep in the opponent’s armpit?
  • Does the wrestler hit/pull his opponent’s armpit (with the hand that was posting), while circling in the opposite direction? The opponent should must be moved…
  • After hitting/pulling the armpit, did the wrestler hit the opponent’s head?
  • Did the wrestler do a dropping level-change, allowing gravity to do the work?
  • Did the wrestler pull his opponent over him, making sure to clear his own arm? The wrestler should not lean forward during the penetration, instead he should stay upright, or even lean back, bringing his opponent forward. Also, the wrestler must clear his arm, not allowing it to get hooked.
  • Did the wrestler swing his back-leg behind his opponent, and pivot back to his feet, grabbing his own elbow, and keeping the opponent’s leg tight between his own legs?
  • Did the wrestler finish with a lift (pumping his hips and dropping the opponent forward)?
  • 16. knee-snatch single-leg with head-bang setup
  • Did the wrestler start in a lead-leg stance, head to head, with wrist control? The wrestler should NOT be reaching far to get the opponent’s wrists.
  • Did the wrestler hit his opponent’s head with his lead-leg-arm?
  • Did the wrestler take a trigger step (chest on thigh, with his butt up)?
  • Did the wrestler use a knee-snatch to pull himself into the single?
  • Did the wrestler land on a post? With one hand cornering?
  • Did the wrestler have an effective system for finishing? (instruct the wrestler to finish if they don’t on their own).
  • Fitness Requirements:

    Exercise
    1. Can balance/walk on hands for 5+ seconds
    2. 35 perfect pushups
    3. 100 Neck ups (and side to sides)
    4. 10 Perfect Pull-ups

    Practice Plan (to be done with a partner):

    Basic Drills

    1. 20 leg switches in succession
    2. Power half with double legs in 20x
    3. Power half from short boot 20x
    4. Practice walking on hands for 5+ seconds
    5. 35 push ups
    6. Peel back 5x (this is the part of practice where if you're a bully your partner will get mad and you will not be able to drill together effectively for the duration of this work out don’t be a bully)
    7. Peel back from base 5x
    8. Jacobs 10x
    9. Jacobs underhook version 10x
    10. Jacobs hook 10x
    11. Jacobs hook from sitout 10x
    12. Elbow slice 10x
    13. 100 neck ups
    14. 10 pull ups
    15. Defending old school leg ride 10x
    16. Defending double legs from bottom 10x
    17. Ankle lace leg entry 20x
    18. High crotch with set up 5x
    19. Knee snatch single leg with headbang 10x

    Complex Drills

    1. Ankle lace entry, into jacobs, opponent sits up into jacobs hook. 10x
    2. Headbang knee-snatch single, finish the takedown and then do the ankle lace entry, put in double legs, flatten him out, and then elbow slice. 10x