Holt - I know you train at the OTC, so I'm asking you this. How much time do our guys spend specifically on refining and learning technique versus time spent on strength and conditioning? I'm asking for more of a general ratio thing....
The reason I ask this, is because I've read from those who've trained in Russia, that they spend almost all of their time drilling and wrestling and very little time (by comparison) running, biking, lifting, etc. Do you think that we might benefit from spending more time just wrestling and using that as our primary means of conditioning?
I also can't remember the last time I saw a US freestyle wrestler throw anyone. Aside from some pathetic (often slipped) attempts at arm throws. It seems that all of our guys are very limited in their array of technique. Doesn't that make us easier to defend? I watch Russian nationals from the last few years and I see tons of throws from multiple guys, I also see an array of technique that makes us look almost remedial in comparison.
Is there any promotion or instruction on throwing at the national level? Do the coaches encourage the guys to step outside of their comfort zone when training and master new and different techniques? Or are we just focused on mastering the technique we already know?
Judging by ktsoyev, Gatsalov and Makhov I think the Russians have been doing some weightlifting.