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    How do you defend when someone is behind you and you're both standing. I find it really hard to defend from here. I basically just try to break wrist and escape. I find myself getting thrown from this position a lot. Do you guys have any tips to defend in this position?

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    I like to do a falling switch if you cant get hand control and away. Walk forward, get your hips away, then switch hard whichever way.

    You can also do a standing peterson.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vaisforlovers View Post
    I like to do a falling switch if you cant get hand control and away. Walk forward, get your hips away, then switch hard whichever way.

    You can also do a standing peterson.
    A standing switch is a great move. The key, as in a regular switch, is to rotate your hips as you turn so that you land on the hip (NOT your butt) on the side you switch on - if you are switching to the right, land on your right hip. This is especially effective if the guy behind you is bringing you down with a tight waist and ankle trip. Switch to the opposite side of where he's bringing you down, and ROTATE YOUR HIPS in midair before you land.
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    One more thing about the standing switch - you have to COMMIT to the move. It is not something you can do half-way and recover from. If you are going to hit it - DO IT!

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    I prefer my guys drop their hips and straighten their backs then evaluate the situation before trying a standing switch . As Mike says it is a move you have to commit to and often leads to catastrophic results . You must be comfortable with a standing switch to execute the move properly . Dedicate many practice hours to the standing switch before using it in a match .
    Lower your hips and straighten your back while keeping your hips under you-Coach Blubaugh used to say ''PEE on the Ceiling'' , meaning exaggerate keeping your hips under you . Next place your hands with fingers splayed one atop the otherto your left or right rib cage ,blocking your opponents hands , use your elbow to force some leverage and simply walk away or CUT AWAY by stepping forward and pivoting back into your opponent-if you have your left hand on top-turn RIGHT (into your opponent)focing your right arm through the space between your back and your opponent. Then you can either clear away or snatch a knee or popup into your opponents arm pit looking for a body lock . Turning your defense into offense !! HTH .
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    Do you guys have any video examples of the falling switch I couldn't seem to find any.

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    R.payton, that would be my first move, but if you opponent has his hips in close to you and you can't create space, a standing switch is a good option. You can't just hit it, though, you have to set it up by turning one way hard, then switching to the other side. As I said above, it's especially successful if your opponent is bringing you down to one side and you switch to the other side.
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    Spider,
    I completely agree with you . The Standing Switch should be in every wrestlers arsenal . I simply think a standing switch should be hit when the opening arises and NOT forced . Clearing hips should be the primary goal of the stand up ; once your hips are clear you really don't worry about your opponents hand position as you are free . I always taught guys to sahoot their left arm (or the arm your opponent is on at ref . position)into your opponent to avoid his gaining hand control . once his arm is over yours you are out .
    A standing switch is a big move YET , as you say , it must be set up correctly . You could also go into a granby-I always tried to keep my head and look at all options available . Once on your feet with a solid base you can assess the situation .
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    A standing granby roll was a big move for Mike Zadick of Iowa, but a high school teammate of mine hit it in college, came down on the back of his neck, and remains a quadriplegic to this day. Even though it was a freak occurrence, I'm not sure I'd encourage high school kids to try it.
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