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

    I never get good takedowns, I never set it up good enough so when I go for their legs, I am on the floor instead of being in position to execute a move. What can I do to set up the shot better? Also, what are some good throws I can do instead of always shooting? Thanks.

    I have been looking at some no-gi judo, it seems to work. I need more advice.

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    Default Re: How to get better takedowns in wrestling?

    You may want to start by running through the takedown's portion of this video post: http://www.thewrestlingtalk.com/misc...ue-videos.html

    Always remember to stay in good position while attacking, and shoot through your opponent... High School kids are easy to take down if you simply remain in good position while finishing the move.

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    world peace, PLEASE heed Schlottke's advice. You won't get much better advice anywhere else. I don't have any old video of JS although I have requested him to post some (too humble).

    446 Takedowns in one Season (About 10 per match) and 1342 for his career.

    Not too shabby.

    Thats about 242 more than I had my senior season and about 700 more than I had in my highschool career.
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    i think some other good advice would be to make sure that you can change levels well without telegraphing the shot...be sure you can shoot to both legs from different angles, not just from the front but the sides too...shoot across as well as through when circling...

    i think some guys have more success than others just from sheer speed, you can't fake speed...also, you need to have other threats as well or people will see the shots coming...ankle picks...arm drags, tosses...you have to make them fluid and you have to be able to make the decision at a moments notice...most good wrestlers won't know the actual takedown they are going to use until they "feel" it...they don't go out thinking "blast double", "blast double" unless they know its going to work from watching tape...

    jensens probably has some good advice for you as well...grips? where are you?
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    Default Re: How to get better takedowns in wrestling?

    There are lots of guys I'd ask on here for takedown advice before yours truly. I was more of a mat wrestler, most of the stuff I'd get off my feet was late in the match after I'd gotten the guy tired.

    So my best advice really would be if takedowns don't come to you like they do some people, get yourself into sick shape so you can get the guy tired before you get tired, that'll open things up late in the match.
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    My advice is to keep moving. Get the guy to move and when you get in on a shot, don't stop, keep following your motion. Also, practice finishing shots for all positions so even if you end up taking a bad shot you can still score.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ISU2008 View Post
    My advice is to keep moving. Get the guy to move and when you get in on a shot, don't stop, keep following your motion. Also, practice finishing shots for all positions so even if you end up taking a bad shot you can still score.
    This is excellent advice. I see it way too often that kids take the shot, then have to pause before finishing. That split second is all their opponent needs to get back into position to counter the shot. So, keep moving and creating angles and driving in to your finish. And as was also said, learn what the common counters are to your moves and practice drilling what finishes to switch off to depending on what counter your opponent uses.

    Movement on your feet and creating angles, changing levels, all the while maintaining a good solid stance is critical. I see tons of kids just standing there locked into a collar tie with no motion to make their opponent adjust. Watch one of the many Cael matches on the internet and notice how he was always moving on his feet. Always creating an angle, pushing, pulling and snapping, changing levels and working to get the other guy out of position. Even he was guilty at times of moving a little too much in a straight line (ex. gold medal match), but at least he was moving. Kolat and Tom Brands are also excellent guys to watch for constant motion on their feet and constantly making their opponent adjust. That to me is the key to creating opportunities for takedowns. After that it's just a matter of getting your timing down, getting deep penetration, and not stopping until the takedown is secured once the shot is initiated.

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    What is a Doug Blubaugh style armbar?

    Quote Originally Posted by therick View Post
    This is excellent advice. I see it way too often that kids take the shot, then have to pause before finishing. That split second is all their opponent needs to get back into position to counter the shot. So, keep moving and creating angles and driving in to your finish. And as was also said, learn what the common counters are to your moves and practice drilling what finishes to switch off to depending on what counter your opponent uses.

    Movement on your feet and creating angles, changing levels, all the while maintaining a good solid stance is critical. I see tons of kids just standing there locked into a collar tie with no motion to make their opponent adjust. Watch one of the many Cael matches on the internet and notice how he was always moving on his feet. Always creating an angle, pushing, pulling and snapping, changing levels and working to get the other guy out of position. Even he was guilty at times of moving a little too much in a straight line (ex. gold medal match), but at least he was moving. Kolat and Tom Brands are also excellent guys to watch for constant motion on their feet and constantly making their opponent adjust. That to me is the key to creating opportunities for takedowns. After that it's just a matter of getting your timing down, getting deep penetration, and not stopping until the takedown is secured once the shot is initiated.

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    Few tips. As someone stated, takedowns in HS are easy if you work at them. Stance is key on your feet, never come out of a good stance. Set ups- without a good set up, you better be wrestling a practice dummy if you want the td. Always move opponenst head, snapping down, push shoulders, clear his wrist and dont shoot unless you can reach out and touch your opponent. Shooting from too far away may be why you are on the mat and not his leg. Practice, practice and more practice. My kids hate it, but we run thorough 15 min of stance drill minimum a day.

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