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    how do you coach the kids in the u.s.a.??
    i watch my son train at his club and theyll teach the kids how to put on cradles,far arms,leg laces etc with an obvious view to winning matches by points or by pin,but when it comes to competition time they very rarely execute these moves because they cant control the opponent from the stand up/tie up situation so never end up in a dominant position.
    how do you coach the kids there to be dominant from the start...i.e. when theyre on their feet???
    thanks!

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    I'm a youth coach, and most of what we instruct in the US comes from Folk Style...hand fighting and shot setups with overhooks/underhooks, and collar ties, moving your opponent, etc are all key in winning position over your opponent to score the take down. All of this translates well in Freestyle so it's not a big leap for them. Once the opponent in down, we're teaching forward pressure and hip control. Once they get these fundamentals down, then you can teach the leg laces, far arms, tilts, etc.

    What we struggle with is teaching Russian ties and joint control (at least in my experience). Greco is extremely difficult to teach youth due to the throws and slams. I recently purchased a throwing dummy from Suplay.com to teach the kids more throws. We'll see how that goes.

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    Its very difficult to teach a complete novice how to take the hold (tie-ups) without teaching the basic skills beforehand. Stance, level change and movement. Without these skills, taking the hold will be a constant coaching struggle with a never ending stop start situation. If you want to get it right YOU have to set a little time 15 mins a day to practice these skills.

    Unfortunately wrestling in the UK means that 2 club sessions per week are aimed at a whole group with varying levels of ability. Its a catch all environment that cannot specialise in any particular area. Another thing to remember is that the difference between a 10 year old and a 12/13 year old is testosterone! and you cannot make a lamb into a lion! try to be patient and you will see the benefits of instilling the basic skills into your wrestler. Any great wrestler come coach will tell you time and again "The problem we have today is that these kids have never been taught the basics properly and in order for them to become great wrestlers we have to teach them the basics again" Great wrestlers are great because they utilise the basic skills with devastating effect!

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    Quote Originally Posted by UpAroundTheBend View Post
    how do you coach the kids in the u.s.a.??
    i watch my son train at his club and theyll teach the kids how to put on cradles,far arms,leg laces etc with an obvious view to winning matches by points or by pin,but when it comes to competition time they very rarely execute these moves because they cant control the opponent from the stand up/tie up situation so never end up in a dominant position.
    how do you coach the kids there to be dominant from the start...i.e. when theyre on their feet???
    thanks!
    i train 9 and 10 year olds by waiting until they are a few years older.

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