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    How much will shadow wrestling do for me if I do it consistently until the season for 30 - 45 minutes every day? Like 20 minute soft drilling, going through the motions of take downs and escapes at a slower pace, going over things I want to work on and then ten - fifteen minutes of hard shadow drilling, like in intervals of 1 - 3 minutes?

    I noticed a big difference when I started to spend a few minutes doing low singles every day, and just wondered how much of a difference I would see if I committed to 30 - 45 minutes a day of shadow wrestling? Will it improve my speed a lot?


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    It's the best thing you can do short of wrestling. I really reccomend it. I put my guys through a little work out where I just call out stuff: Sweep, sprawl, double, hi c, sprawl go behind, sprawl left side/right side. Then get into combos like "stand up from bottom, turn face double leg. Stuff like that. It's really good way to tighten up your technique. You could teach someone just to yell this stuff out to you it can really be a challenge.(they dont even have to know the sport haha) 1-3 minutes is a good amount of time if repeated multiple times.
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    Hmm, thats a good idea. Thanks I'll have to write down some stuff to have my brother call out randomly haha. Thanks a lot, I appreciate the help


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    No problem. There aren't that many kids that WANT to get better as bad as you do. I hope you get to hit a few camps this Summer because you're the kind of kid those things were made for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vaisforlovers View Post
    No problem. There aren't that many kids that WANT to get better as bad as you do. I hope you get to hit a few camps this Summer because you're the kind of kid those things were made for.
    I went to Terry Brands a few weeks ago. It was awesome. Only 3 days but I learned a lot and then I've been working with my coaches twice a week for the past few weeks. Just looking for something to give me an extra edge when I'm not on the mats.


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    Shadow wrestling is an incredibly important drill for wrestling. Shadow wrestling increases your conditioning, technique, and motion. Work sprawls, work shots, work downblocks, but most importantly, stay in your good stance. While you're shadow wrestling, don't come up out of your stance and do all that bouncing around. Staying in your stance and light on your feet while shadow wrestling will work your thighs and your back. Do this drill for 30 seconds to 3 minutes at a time - the shorter the time, the more you should be moving around.

    You can use a wall to help you drill as well. One good drill is to use the wall during a stand up. The wall will be there to meet your back pressure. Another is back-arching against a wall. This one's a bit more complex, but I'll explain it as best as I can. Stand with your back against the wall. Basically, what you want to do is climb down and up the wall. Thrust your hips forward, and then use your hands to climb down the wall. Once you get as far as you can down the wall, climb back up using your hands. Your head/forehead should be against the wall. Basically, you're bending over backwards and climbing down the wall, and then climbing back up to standing position. Great for building the muscles you use when back arching in competition.
    Last edited by IloveSATS; 07-10-2011 at 12:29 AM.
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