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Thread: How to get better at takedowns (shots) in wrestling?

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    It is usually uncommon to fall straight into the mat if you have a good stance and lower you level

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    I don't think it hurts to have a little bit of freestyle and greco background as well in case the single's, double's, set-ups and reshots aren't working...

    I saw a move by Matt Demaray in the College Section the other day where he basically went in heavy on the head and basically pushed the guy back and down at the same time which opened up the heel pick for the takedown in the third period that locked up his second national title. Nothing overly creative but it was pretty unique when you watch it.

    He basically collapsed the guy. Who would be looking to try to defend that move at that time? It was basic, pure, wrestling done by a true technician.
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  3. #39

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    Having some FR/GR is always helpful since it teaches you different positions you normally wouldn't work on in folk.

    However, I may have overlooked this, but my advice is figure out what type of person you are: A tactical learner or a visual learner.

    A tactical learner is someone who learns by doing. Which means drill the same move over and over again. The problem we have today is so many people want to learn these great fancy "clinic" moves and hope for those in a match or they simply do not drill enough of the same move. In practice, I've seen where teams drill a move for 5 minutes and move to the next move. This works for some, but not for all. As a tactical learner, I would drill 1-2 moves a hundred times each practice or after practice in order to fully understand the position and finish of that said move. With tactical learners, muscle memory is very important.

    As a visual learner, you learn by seeing others do it and most times don't need to drill the move hundreds of times to remember how to do it. These are the ones who need to be engaged for an entire practice or they get bored. If you are a visual learner, I would drill the move about 10 times each practice, then work into live situations.

    Remember, even God supposedly took 7 days to build the Heavens and Earth, so don't think you're going to learn certain moves overnight either.
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  4. #40

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    As my old coach use to say it is better to have thousand set-ups with one takedown, than a thousand takedowns with one set-up.

  5. #41

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    Quote Originally Posted by legridder155 View Post
    As my old coach use to say it is better to have thousand set-ups with one takedown, than a thousand takedowns with one set-up.
    Among the things great takedown wrestlers have in common is conditioning and tenacity.

    Watch video of Wayne Wells, even at the Olympic level.

    For a more recent example watch video of Jason Welch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclone85 View Post
    Just my opinion, but taking a guy down with a classic double or single leg is very difficult against a good wrestler. There are so many ways to counter the move. If you watch collegiate wrestlers, many of them are defensive specialists and they can't wait for the other guy to come in for the take-down.

    Everything about wrestling is hard and there are no easy moves because a lot of it comes down to brute force, will power, speed, and technique. I always liked the heel pick because I was tall and had long arms. Until Sanderson came along, I always thought Tim Krieger from Iowa State had some of the nastiest heel picks moves I had ever seen.
    I dunno about folkstyle, but a the world championship level single and double leg takedowns score a ton of points. All the simple stuff done really well.

  7. #43

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    I would agree with arm-spin...simple moves done perfectly still can score points.
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    That and the glorious push-out... I scored a ton of points with the push out

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    I wonder if this kid's head is spinning...Sorry to bring this thread back up but there's something that hasn't been said that I know is of the utmost importance:
    Intensity in your practicing is the only way to get your takedown success. I had only a few takedowns that I used, but I did them well because I drilled them HARD during practice. So, work with a coach to learn a few takedowns that work for you, perfect them as much as you can, and drill them like you mean it, every time. When match time comes, by the time you've drilled that thing to death, you won't know how to take a half assed shot.
    Spider's visualizing of the shot through your opponent is pretty key as well.

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