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Mat Mastery Monday: How to shut down your opponents throws IMMEDIATELY

Ever had this happen to you?

Late in the match, you’re up by a few points.  Your adversary charges into you, (sometimes) gets you called for stalling…he locks you up in the 50/50 (aka over/under), launches you to your back and STEALS your match from you!

You did all the work, you built the lead, then he swiped it out from under you with one desperation move.

A move that could’ve been shut down immediately.

Whether you are a thrower now, in the future, or never, having the ability to shut down your opponents throws is key to winning closes matches like this one.

Its why, every spring, we train athletes to shut down the 50/50 right away, developing a system of attacks that fit like a glove with the shut-down techniques, so athletes can win using a 3 step process:

  1. excellent position including the precise details that get most wrestlers beat
  2. an array of shutdown techniques to keep you out of danger and off your back
  3. a 1-2-3 system of attacks based on your opponent’s naturally built-in human reactions

The first priority is excellent position and precise shut-down tactics – skills you can gain the very first night of ACE at our special Game of Throwns session.

You can also learn our slick 1-2-3 scoring system that will be taught at Game of Throwns advanced (learn more about that invitation-only session here

We start in a few short weeks, so join us now while there’s still space

Randy

PS:  This week’s bonus is a video – it will go out Friday morning to all who are signed up for ACE by Thursday at midnight.  This video will show you a subtle yet effective method for shutting down your opponents from the over/under position – a method covered on the first night at ACE, but you can see it now and use it in upcoming fall tournaments.   Its something that is rarely taught anywhere but can save you a ton of frustration and agony (in addition to greatly reducing your ‘air time’.)

Mat Mastery Monday: keys to winning from the most critical position on your feet

Today, I cover the most critical position to win from on your feet…

a position so important that state titles are won and lost from it every year.

This one position will have more to do with your success on your feet than your set up, leg attack or finish!

If you do what most do from here, you are likely to end up stalemated at best, or taken down at worst.

The position I refer to is the Short Offense position.

Front and center today is the most popular move from here, the Front Headlock.

There are hundreds of different takes on this position, and many ways to finish it.

The most successful methods meet the following four criteria:

  • good position is key.  Once you get the right hold, there should be close to ZERO % chance of your opponent scoring on you– and a very highpercentage of you scoring on your opponent.
  • put them on defense immediately – and keep them there.  If you wrestle to hold on – you will not score against the quality athletes
  • all moves from here should be fundamentally sound– never sacrifice position for a move(one of the biggest mistakes athletes make from here – especially hunting down fancy splash moves that get you beat more often than getting you takedowns)
  • a simple 1-2-3 step plan, with at least 3 moves in your pocket, that you can execute depending on the look you get from the opponent.

Our 3 step method to great front headlock positionis easy to learn.  Athletes who adapt to this method and learn it in a single session, and in a short amount of time, master it, resulting in shutting down their opponent immediately, and being ready to score.


The 3-move attack we utilize forces the opponent into one of a few choices – each of them leading right into your next attack.  I've seen athletes flip their front headlock from a liability to a major asset that they score multiple takedowns with, in only one week!

Since the front headlock is so crucial to success on your feet, it is a high priority that we implement at ACE (which starts in a few short weeks).

go here to join us this fall

Randy

Yard Goats attack New Jersey

Saw this in the [digital] paper and thought I’d share….

The Yard Goats got into a brawl with folks from Trenton New Jersey over an unwritten rule that was broken.

And of course I am referring to minor league baseball.  

When the team from Trenton bunted to break up the Hartford Yard Goats’ no hitter in the 9th inning, the benches cleared and a good ole’ summer brawlensued.

Apparently, bunting to break up a no-no is ….uh…. a no-no.

Anyway, why should this interest you, an esteemed member of the wrestling community?

It probably shouldn’t.  And maybe it doesn’t.

But it doesremind me of my own unwritten rule about wrestling:  

Never get instruction from the internet and expect good results.

Case in point:  just the other day, another Yew-Tewb weekend warrior posted a video of a single leg finish.

My reaction?

  • Fancy!
  • Flashy!
  • Wow –  the kids that do this are going to lose a lot of matches.


This yew-tewber made some critical errors:

  • Dropped to both knees right from the start.
  • When splitting the middle, put his head on the mat (better wrestlers will bury you if you do this
  • Got over 100 likes in the first 6 days meaning we’re going to see more of him.


The biggest problem with turning to yew-tewb for instruction?  

The #1 goal for most who post on that platform to GET ATTENTION.

That means, by definition, do something flashy.

And flashy usually gets you beat.

Believe it or not, I have a you tube channel.

But it keep it hidden behind firewalls.  Most of my content can only be accessed by folks who train with me, or are on my list.

When I post them, they are for only one purpose:  to help the dedicated athletes who train with me, along with their parents.

Okay, enough about goats.  Younger Youth Camp for 1st-3rd graders starts next Monday and Youth Takedown Master Camp starts on Wednesday (registration for both is closing down soon).

And the first of 4 High School camps starts in just under 2 weeks.

Get your cheese here

Randy

PS  If you don’t like cheese and just want to access the camps page, go here

Why wrestling camps may be making you worse

Being on the mats is better than not, right? 

And doing a clinic or camp is better than not?

Let’s just say I mostlyagree.

Mostly?

Anytime you are on the mats, there is a chance of you gaining skill and making improvement.

But the flip side is, you could also be hurtingyour skill level.

I once observed a world champdemonstrating technique at a coaches clinic – and he was locking his hands incorrectlyon the single leg (repeatedly)….

all while coaches furiously scribbled down notes and recorded every second in order to show their team.  

Side note, if your opponent locks hands like this champ did, you can easily counter him in less than a half second.  (Remind me at camp this summer and I’ll show you how).

That’s from a world championand collegiate coachImaginethe mistakes made by a college wrestler showing technique at a camp.

Amazing that many camps cede their responsibilities to their campers by “highlighting” these collegians and letting them instruct.

It reminds of the old adage about practice making perfect, which my coaching colleague correctly altered to this:
practice makes permanent. 

And imperfectpractice – for instance, executing technique incorrectlycan and will re-enforce bad habits that could be next to impossible to fix down the road, costing you matches and heartbreak at the most inopportune time.

Like the collegiate wrestler that the world champ coached, that locked his hands incorrectly, just like his coach had done – and promptly got countered and thrown to his back and pinned in the biggest match of his life.

To learn it the right way, go to the guys who are meticulous to a fault– with years and years of experience (or decades, like myself) of nailing the finer points – the ones that reallymatter when it counts the most.

On that note, the first camp of summer starts exactly one week from today.

Now’s your chance to join us before its too late.

Randy

PS  If you’ve already signed up, be on the lookout for ‘welcome to camp’ emails – they will be heading your way soon.  Right now, pass this info along to your friends and teammates so they can join you.

“Nobody’s putting their fingers in my eye!”

Whatever happened to the old head tap?

This:
It happened again this weekend:  Wrestler taps the head, other kid backs away clutching at his eye like he got poked.  

One point Red.

This newly overreaching rule has run rampant in collegiate and high school wrestling and is out of control.

One of the most common, effective, and harmless, setups, hijacked by Wrestling Government Overreach.

[Speaking of overreach, it reminds me of the time in college when the optometrist wanted to help me put my contacts in and I was all, “nobody's putting their fingers in my eye!”  Yet I digress.]

Now here'ssomething muchmore pleasant than a sharp poke in the eye…

have you ever wanted to fix just one issue in just 30 minutes?

Here are some common issues off the top of my head:

  • my wrestle-off opponent crushes me with legs.  How can I counter it?
  • I can't get in on the opponents' legs
  • my shot stinks
  • every time I get a front headlock I lose
  • I struggle to fight off my back
  • [this space for rent]

The reason these are off the top of my head is because I've had wrestlers ask me all of the abovethrough the years (as well as too many others to mention).  If you click the link below you can read about one of the more memorable ones.

Now that spring club is over, I have a short window of time to work with athletes who are new to my program, to fix an issue that may be frustrating you.

To learn more, go here

Randy

PS   If this seems like an unusual time for me to launch the 30 minute solution, especially with camps right around the corner, think of it this way:  If you are considering coming to camp this summer but aren’t sure this is the answer for you, this is a great way to get in a short session and see what its about – and see if this training is a fit for you.  If it is, you can join us this summer for more training.  If not, well, you have nothing to lose because the 30 minute solution comes with a money back guarantee (you can read about it here)

How Game of thrones is dragon society through the Muk

A lot of crazy things happened on this show the past few episodes – but here’s the biggest shocker from the series finale of Game of Thrones…..

An estimated 1 million people calling in sick for work the next day… for a show that ended before 11 pm.

Because I am passionate about my chosen profession, no way is a TV show going to keep me from it.

When you have a passion for something, that passion is front and center – high priority– in your life.  And no amount of dragons melting thrones or misplaced Starbucks cups will rank above it.

And if your passion is excelling at the sport of wrestling, and you still watch Game of Thrones – you’re probably discussing it while heading to the gym – or the Attack Barn in Pataskala Ohio– because what you do is ultimately more important to you that what Jon Snow does.

Your journey to claim your own iron throne starts here

-Randy

The ugly truth about the beautifully gifted

Look at that kid – he is just naturally gifted!  What a thing of beauty.

My friend and I were just talking about this very thing, and how people think wrestling comes 'naturally' to some.  You know, the whole 'freak of nature’ argument you hear so often.

And the assumption is that certain athletes are so naturally talented, they don't have to work hard to excel.

While there is such a thing as genetics, and those genetics domake a difference, here's the ugly truth:

the natural wrestler doesn’t exist.


Its a fallacy that attributes another person's success to luck, or genetics, or anywhere but where it belongs:  squarely on the shoulders of the individual who earned it.

Another truth:  when you see a young wrestler chiseled like stone, he didn’t get that way from eating potato chips while watching game of thrones on his couch.

It takes a ton of hard work to make wrestling look so easy.   Wrestling isn't like running – there are real skills, and complicated ones at that, to be learned and refined.  Those who make it look easy, do so by putting in a lot of hard work.

Like the local tennis player I was talking about last week, who appears to be 'good at everything'.  All the while, nobody sees the 500 balls a day (or more) he's hitting to refine his groundstroke, his serve, his net game, etc.  And nobody sees when he sneaks in my building for strength training on my pegboards and ropes either, or throws my medicine balls around.

When you see what athletes do behind the scenes, their success becomes crystal clear.

Their hyper focus (including attention to detail, work ethic, heart and drive) is on full display –  behind the scenes.

That path will be explained in fine detail in Chapter Three of my upcoming book.  The chapter's working title is Rapid Risers Handbook, and that chapter goes to every athlete who trains here this summer.

Warning:  Choosing the path is your decision – I can only lead the horse to water.

go here if you're ready to challenge yourself

Randy