So instead of doing work, I’ve decided to spend my day at the office watching Russian wrestling on Yotube, in an attempt to discover what’s making
them so good. One of the things I’ve picked up, is they are masters of the “push and pull” wrestling. This push and pull works to perfection these days,
as neither wrestler wants to be pushed out. Their greats: Ketoev, gatsalov, mavlet are doing it.
So this is how it goes:
They get their opponents to turn the wrestling match, into a ‘tie up and push’ match, somewhat like sumo.
the russian will move in, tie up, and will push in hard into his opponent. Then they come out of the tie up, and will do fakes….
They will move in once again, tie up, and will push in, in the traditional, ‘bent-at-the-waist but straight knees Russian stance’. Keep in mind their opponent does not want to step out of bounce, so they will push back. Then they will come out of the tie up.
Meanwhile the Russians are aware they are pushing in and are posting, and their opponent will be looking for throws or ‘pop’ and shoot techniques. So they will stay on a defensive mindset, while in the tie up, and will expect their opponent’s attack, and thus they will counter attack, if the opponent decides to shoot or attempt a throw.
THEN. They will move in on the third time, or so, will FAKE a tie up, and will attack an opponent who’s expecting the Russian to come in to tie up and push once again. The russians are thus able to catch their opponents off balance, and coming in hard into them.
Please look at Ketoev’s entire finals match.
So while on the tie up, the Russians are almost exclusively defensive, and will push, and will only counter attack.
It is right before the tie up, or as soon as there is contact, that the Russian will attack, their off balance opponent.
When I mentioned Batirov to be a great technician, The Big Stiffy said ‘I saw a few little mistakes such as stepping with the same arm and same leg when making contact with his opponent” . But they are fully aware of this.