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Nick Mitchell's On the Mat 2-Pack
WRD-05067A:

with Nick Mitchell,
Grand View University Head Coach,
2016 NAIA Champions - Five straight NAIA National Titles (2012-16) - first team to win five straight NAIA National titles;
2016 NAIA National Coach of the Year - 3x NAIA National Coach of the Year (2012, 2013, 2016);
3x NCAA Division III All-American for Wartburg College

Defending against leg riders can often be an intimidating experience if you don't first understand the mechanics behind leg riding and what makes the most common leg rides successful.

Nick Mitchell has produced 60 All-Americans and 18 National Champions in his 8 years as head coach at Grand View University. One of the reasons he has had great success is his wrestlers' ability to stop their opponents' leg and crab rides. Coach Mitchell has a unique perspective in coaching his wrestlers in this position. While most coaches emphasize defending against their opponent's legs; Coach Mitchell emphasizes scoring out of their opponents legs.

The key to defending and scoring from an opponent's leg and crab rides is good positioning and the ability to react to your opponent. Coach Mitchell demonstrates fundamental techniques to defend and score against an opponent's crab ride, cross body ride, and saddle ride. He also covers realistic reactions that a wrestler may experience from their opponent while defending against the legs, such as a claw or power half.

Attacking a Leg Riding Position from the Bottom

Coach Mitchell demonstrates a variety of strategies that will prepare you for defending different rides from the top man. He demonstrates how to effectively stop saddle leg riders who sit on your hips up top, as well as cross-body riders that sit more to the side. Moves you'll learn include:

  • Mule Kick: First line of defense to prevent an opponent from getting a leg in
  • Turn and Shake: Ideal move to get a saddle rider out of position and create offensive opportunities
  • Push Back: A more effective alternative to the traditional hip smash; the push back allows a wrestler to get in an offensive position without putting their self at risk
  • Foot Throw: A great way to get a cross body rider out of position if they grab your ankle for leverage
  • Hip Switch: Used to create hip separation against a cross body ride in order to open up scoring opportunities

Beating Tough Leg Riding Situations

At some point, every wrestler gets caught in a situation where there is seemingly little to do to defend against a turn or a breakdown from the top man. Coach Mitchell covers some of these common situations and provides you with a plan of action to not only defend against these attacks, but turn them into scoring opportunities, including:

  • Beating the leg ride once you are broken down on your belly
  • Defending the attack when the top man has a power half with legs in
  • Defending when the top man grabs their own ankle with legs in

Coach Mitchell also shares a "Hip Battle" practice drill he employs with his team that will help you recover from a bad position when the top man has a leg in.

Defending the Crab Ride

Coach Mitchell demonstrates what to do if the opponent transitions into a crab ride after you defend against their leg ride. He continues the theme of being offensive-minded and shows you how to score from this position with four simple and effective methods.

    Scoot Away: An effective method of creating space and clearing out of a crab ride Scoot and Hook Shot: A great way to put your opponent on their back from their crab ride Pushback-Hip Heist-Turk: A great alternative to put your opponent on their back if you are not able to scoot away Pushback-Step-Hip Heist: A last-resort move to score if there is not much time left in the match

Have an offensive mindset when the leg comes in and never be controlled by a leg rider again! You can use this video to get comfortable with various leg ride positions, and you'll soon see leg defense as a way to attack your opponent!

65 minutes. 2016.



WRD-05067B:

with Nick Mitchell,
Grand View University Head Coach,
2016 NAIA Champions - Five straight NAIA National Titles (2012-16) - first team to win five straight NAIA National titles;
2016 NAIA National Coach of the Year - 3x NAIA National Coach of the Year (2012, 2013, 2016);
3x NCAA Division III All-American for Wartburg College

Nick Mitchell was the first ever coach at Grand View University, and in four years he took the program from a start-up to winning a national championship. In this video, Coach Mitchell shares his team's proven strategies on escaping from the bottom position by employing simple, yet effective fundamentals to keeping and improving your position, regardless of your opponent's attacks.

Keeping a Solid Base

Coach Mitchell shares the most important things to consider when anticipating your opponent's top attacks, including where they're putting most of their pressure, how they line up in top position, and their hand placement. By pointing out critical details in your position on bottom, he demonstrates how you can be stronger and improve your position faster so you can escape. He includes simple and easy-to-understand instructions on the mechanics of staying in solid position without giving your opponent an advantage on top.

Beating Commonly-Used Top Attacks and Breakdowns

Regardless of the top man's attempted breakdown, Coach Mitchell demonstrates how to keep your position and beat the attack every time. By focusing on constantly improving your position through a systematic use of change overs, knee slides, hand control, back pressure and hip heists, Coach Mitchell reveals how to defend and beat the most used attacks from the top position. Each of these has their own special nuances, and Coach Mitchell covers each one in depth:

  • Outside Ankle
  • Spiral Ride
  • Chop/Jam off the whistle
  • Claw Ride
  • Crab Ride
  • Tight Waist
  • Inside Wrist

Additionally, Coach Mitchell shares practice drills that help you chain wrestle through the various breakdowns that your opponent will attempt. This includes understanding and feeling when the top man changes their pressure and recognizing that as an opportunity to improve position and escape.

Fighting Off Your Belly

One of the most difficult and often intimidating positions to work out of is when a wrestler has been broken down to their belly. In this DVD, Coach Mitchell shares the proper defensive position and posture on your stomach to prevent being turned and to quickly get to your base. Through simple steps that build upon the positions and movements shown throughout the video, Coach Mitchell makes the process of getting off your belly straightforward and less intimidating for wrestlers of all ages. Some of the common attacks he reviews include:

  • Fighting off the inside wrist
  • Defending the tight waist
  • Beating the cross-face

Want to get off the bottom every time? This video will give you the championship-level tools you need to always keep a solid base, constantly improve your position, and get to your feet and escape.

"This is a great video that teaches amazing technique. There is something that wrestlers or coaches at any level could use to make themselves or their wrestlers better. I have been coaching wrestling for 18 years and I gleaned information from this video that I will use in my practices this year." - Customer Review

64 minutes. 2017.



DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

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Leg and Crab Ride Defense

with Nick Mitchell,
Grand View University Head Coach,
2016 NAIA Champions - Five straight NAIA National Titles (2012-16) - first team to win five straight NAIA National titles;
2016 NAIA National Coach of the Year - 3x NAIA National Coach of the Year (2012, 2013, 2016);
3x NCAA Division III All-American for Wartburg College

Defending against leg riders can often be an intimidating experience if you don't first understand the mechanics behind leg riding and what makes the most common leg rides successful.

Nick Mitchell has produced 60 All-Americans and 18 National Champions in his 8 years as head coach at Grand View University. One of the reasons he has had great success is his wrestlers' ability to stop their opponents' leg and crab rides. Coach Mitchell has a unique perspective in coaching his wrestlers in this position. While most coaches emphasize defending against their opponent's legs; Coach Mitchell emphasizes scoring out of their opponents legs.

The key to defending and scoring from an opponent's leg and crab rides is good positioning and the ability to react to your opponent. Coach Mitchell demonstrates fundamental techniques to defend and score against an opponent's crab ride, cross body ride, and saddle ride. He also covers realistic reactions that a wrestler may experience from their opponent while defending against the legs, such as a claw or power half.

Attacking a Leg Riding Position from the Bottom

Coach Mitchell demonstrates a variety of strategies that will prepare you for defending different rides from the top man. He demonstrates how to effectively stop saddle leg riders who sit on your hips up top, as well as cross-body riders that sit more to the side. Moves you'll learn include:

  • Mule Kick: First line of defense to prevent an opponent from getting a leg in
  • Turn and Shake: Ideal move to get a saddle rider out of position and create offensive opportunities
  • Push Back: A more effective alternative to the traditional hip smash; the push back allows a wrestler to get in an offensive position without putting their self at risk
  • Foot Throw: A great way to get a cross body rider out of position if they grab your ankle for leverage
  • Hip Switch: Used to create hip separation against a cross body ride in order to open up scoring opportunities

Beating Tough Leg Riding Situations

At some point, every wrestler gets caught in a situation where there is seemingly little to do to defend against a turn or a breakdown from the top man. Coach Mitchell covers some of these common situations and provides you with a plan of action to not only defend against these attacks, but turn them into scoring opportunities, including:

  • Beating the leg ride once you are broken down on your belly
  • Defending the attack when the top man has a power half with legs in
  • Defending when the top man grabs their own ankle with legs in

Coach Mitchell also shares a "Hip Battle" practice drill he employs with his team that will help you recover from a bad position when the top man has a leg in.

Defending the Crab Ride

Coach Mitchell demonstrates what to do if the opponent transitions into a crab ride after you defend against their leg ride. He continues the theme of being offensive-minded and shows you how to score from this position with four simple and effective methods.

    Scoot Away: An effective method of creating space and clearing out of a crab ride Scoot and Hook Shot: A great way to put your opponent on their back from their crab ride Pushback-Hip Heist-Turk: A great alternative to put your opponent on their back if you are not able to scoot away Pushback-Step-Hip Heist: A last-resort move to score if there is not much time left in the match

Have an offensive mindset when the leg comes in and never be controlled by a leg rider again! You can use this video to get comfortable with various leg ride positions, and you'll soon see leg defense as a way to attack your opponent!

65 minutes. 2016.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

Cover: counters to breakdowns and getting the escape point
Counters to Breakdowns and Getting the Escape Point

with Nick Mitchell,
Grand View University Head Coach,
2016 NAIA Champions - Five straight NAIA National Titles (2012-16) - first team to win five straight NAIA National titles;
2016 NAIA National Coach of the Year - 3x NAIA National Coach of the Year (2012, 2013, 2016);
3x NCAA Division III All-American for Wartburg College

Nick Mitchell was the first ever coach at Grand View University, and in four years he took the program from a start-up to winning a national championship. In this video, Coach Mitchell shares his team's proven strategies on escaping from the bottom position by employing simple, yet effective fundamentals to keeping and improving your position, regardless of your opponent's attacks.

Keeping a Solid Base

Coach Mitchell shares the most important things to consider when anticipating your opponent's top attacks, including where they're putting most of their pressure, how they line up in top position, and their hand placement. By pointing out critical details in your position on bottom, he demonstrates how you can be stronger and improve your position faster so you can escape. He includes simple and easy-to-understand instructions on the mechanics of staying in solid position without giving your opponent an advantage on top.

Beating Commonly-Used Top Attacks and Breakdowns

Regardless of the top man's attempted breakdown, Coach Mitchell demonstrates how to keep your position and beat the attack every time. By focusing on constantly improving your position through a systematic use of change overs, knee slides, hand control, back pressure and hip heists, Coach Mitchell reveals how to defend and beat the most used attacks from the top position. Each of these has their own special nuances, and Coach Mitchell covers each one in depth:

  • Outside Ankle
  • Spiral Ride
  • Chop/Jam off the whistle
  • Claw Ride
  • Crab Ride
  • Tight Waist
  • Inside Wrist

Additionally, Coach Mitchell shares practice drills that help you chain wrestle through the various breakdowns that your opponent will attempt. This includes understanding and feeling when the top man changes their pressure and recognizing that as an opportunity to improve position and escape.

Fighting Off Your Belly

One of the most difficult and often intimidating positions to work out of is when a wrestler has been broken down to their belly. In this DVD, Coach Mitchell shares the proper defensive position and posture on your stomach to prevent being turned and to quickly get to your base. Through simple steps that build upon the positions and movements shown throughout the video, Coach Mitchell makes the process of getting off your belly straightforward and less intimidating for wrestlers of all ages. Some of the common attacks he reviews include:

  • Fighting off the inside wrist
  • Defending the tight waist
  • Beating the cross-face

Want to get off the bottom every time? This video will give you the championship-level tools you need to always keep a solid base, constantly improve your position, and get to your feet and escape.

"This is a great video that teaches amazing technique. There is something that wrestlers or coaches at any level could use to make themselves or their wrestlers better. I have been coaching wrestling for 18 years and I gleaned information from this video that I will use in my practices this year." - Customer Review

64 minutes. 2017.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

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Brandon Slay: Developing a World Class Ankle Pick and Single Leg
with Brandon Slay,
2000 Olympic Gold Medalist;
Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Regional Training Center at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia; former Head Coach at the Olympic Training Center & National Development Coach for USA Wrestling;
2x NCAA All-American (University of Pennsylvania); Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Olympic Champion and USA National Freestyle Coach Brandon Slay shares world class techniques on developing an unstoppable ankle pick and single leg series at the USA Wrestling Coaching Clinic (in conjunction with the 2016 Olympic Trials).

Coach Slay demonstrates the proper mechanics and position for stance, set-ups, and various finishes to the ankle pick and single leg that are being taught and used at the Olympic Training Center by wrestlers such as Kyle Snyder and David Taylor. Additionally, Slay shares examples of realistic match situations to illustrate how and when to use these techniques, as well as how to get wrestlers ready for competition.

Evaluating Your Opponent's Stance and Position

Even at the world level, stance and position are critical for success. Coach Slay reinforces the correct stance and position on your feet and shows you how to quickly evaluate your opponent's weaknesses and your potential scoring opportunities based on their stance. Through simple observation of your opponent's tendencies, he shows how you will be able to understand the key match strategies to employ based on if your opponent is a left foot or right foot lead.

Set-Ups: Why Most Collar Ties are Done Incorrectly

Success with the ankle pick starts with a proper understanding of how to collar tie properly. Most wrestlers use the collar tie incorrectly to passively hold their opponent's head.

Coach Slay will change the way you collar tie by turning it into an aggressive-offensive position. You'll learn the right way to push and pull with the collar tie, and then how to quickly move your opponent laterally to successfully set up the attack. He also reveals the three most common control ties used in wrestling and shares his thoughts on the best tie to use in both an offensive and defensive situation.

Coaching tips are provided on getting wrestlers ready for competition, including the use of offense/defense drills to simulate realistic match-like situations. Understanding the importance of when to go offensive and when to go defensive will stop your athletes from losing in the final minutes of a match.

Executing Set-ups and Finishes to Ankle Picks

Coach Slay covers the "Five Keys to Wrestling" that every wrestler should understand to keep excellent position when finishing any leg attack. By stressing the proper footwork, motion, control ties, and level change, he demonstrates the mechanics of the ankle pick that are used at the world level for Olympic-level athletes. Multiple finishes from these positions are taught as a plan for attacking both sides of your opponent's body.

How to Transition Into Other Leg Attacks

The ankle pick also serves as a great transition into other leg attacks, because you are now under your opponent's hips, and the nature of the attack makes it hard to defend against without exposing oneself to another take down. Coach Slay shows how to easily transition into a double, single and low-single leg attack when your opponent successfully defends the ankle pick, and how to finish these leg attacks (and potentially finish with a leg lace.)

Ankle picks are often used as a setup to transition into other leg attacks. This is great psychologically because the wrestler knows that if they fail, they have other options, allowing them to shoot without hesitation. In essence, the ankle pick is a great attack because it allows you to chain from one offensive move to another.

How to Finish the Single Leg Attack

After transitioning to a single leg, Slay shows the three most common ways to defend the single leg attack, and how to counter them to get the take down. You will learn how to counter when your opponent:

  • Defends by hipping into you, like in folkstyle wrestling
  • How to turn the corner when they have sprawled
  • How to counter when they reach over the top of you

As a bonus, you'll also learn how to properly transition from an ankle pick to a single leg to prevent your opponent from defending with a kick out - a common defense used in international freestyle competition. Slay also shows how to easily turn your opponent's attempt to stall with a shin whizzer into an outside single leg attack.

The ankle pick, when setup properly, does not require a high level of athleticism or explosiveness. Wrestlers of all levels can successfully learn the ankle pick with a minimum learning curve. Slay shares the best techniques and strategies to help all wrestlers and their coaches to know what to do to continue to improve and reach their goals.

Produced at the 2016 USA Wrestling Silver Coaches Clinic in Iowa City (IA).

89 minutes. 2016.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

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Mike Powell's Wrestling 3-Pack
WRD-04967A: with Mike Powell,
Oak Park River Forest (IL) High School; 2x Illinois Dual Team State Champions;
2012 National Wrestling Hall of Fame - recipient of the Medal of Courage;
former Illinois National Team Greco-Roman Coach; 2012 USA Wrestling Cadet Coach of the Year;
All-American wrestler at Indiana University

Mike Powell presents the technique and finishes to one of his signature moves: the football snap. This dominant tie is ideal for wrestlers that don't have an explosive penetration/drop step and struggle getting under opponents to get to an attack. The football snap's purpose is to wear down your opponent, allowing you to hit your attacks easily. It also serves as a nice change-of-pace set-up, as it forces wrestlers to use their left hand - and pulls the opponent down into a right-handed front headlock.

Coach Powell begins by demonstrating the mechanics of the football snap. He covers the Jam, Circle, Bounce technique. All his wrestlers have to master this before moving on to the finish. Opponents can stay on their feet, but with this technique you'll be able to create the angle you need for a successful attack. Coach Powell covers the basic finish, the Butt Drag, and Head in the Hole counter used when you get stuck in front of your opponent.

Leg Attacks from a Football Snap

The Football Snap provides a number of option to score on leg attacks. Coach Powell offers the following options, giving you the ability to score no matter what your opponent tries to do to counter:

  • Opposite Side Single Leg - Learn how to finish when you can't get the opponent snapped to the mat. Coach Powell shows you two options using this technique, including how to get five points with an inside cradle.
  • High Crotch - For when your opponent is backing out hard.
  • Bull Rush Double - Perfect when you feel like you are losing your grip on the football snap.
  • Ankle Picks
Coach Powell also give you two techniques to use that will take your opponent to their back: Cross Knee Pick, with two versions to score a fall, and the Dresser Dump.

Popping the Opponent's Head Out

If you start to feel your opponent getting out of the football snap, Coach Powell gives you a number of options to still get the takedown:

  • Collar Steal
  • Underhook Snap
  • Underhook to High Crotch
  • Underhook Throw by Single
  • Inside Trip

Coach Powell's teams have used the football snap with great success. Add it to your team's takedown arsenal today!

44 minutes. 2011.



WRD-04967B: with Mike Powell,
Oak Park River Forest (IL) High School; 2x Illinois Dual Team State Champions;
2012 National Wrestling Hall of Fame - recipient of the Medal of Courage;
former Illinois National Team Greco-Roman Coach; 2012 USA Wrestling Cadet Coach of the Year;
All-American wrestler at Indiana University

Mike Powell, member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, presents a detailed look at the inside trip. You'll get an overview of the ideal positions to trip from, basic setups and techniques, as well as tips that Coach Powell teaches to hit the inside trip every time.

Fundamentals of the Inside Trip

Coach Powell breaks down the basic movements of the inside trip. He covers head to side you'll trip, detailing the steps for a successful move. To pull off the inside trip, wrestlers must turn their hips and shuffle step in while keeping the opponent's inside thigh on the front of their thigh. Coach Powell includes the rest of the move progression and gives pointers on what makes the move more effective.

Set-Ups to Inside Trip

Get nine set-ups to use for the inside trip from Coach Powell, including:

  • Underhook - Coach Powell's #1 set-up that leads into his highest percentage trip.
  • Over Under Position - Great move for "less athletic" upper weights.
  • Over Under with Locked Hands - This position doesn't let the opponent back out and can lead to back points or a fall.
  • Single Overhook - When the opponent gets the underhook, force them to chase you into the inside trip.
  • Double Overhook - For wrestlers who have trouble slipping the underhook, especially the upper weights.
  • Saitiev - From a whizzer position.
  • Outside/Inside Trip - An effective move against any opponent.
  • Front Headlock - Coach Powell shows it from a specific headlock position (snap down from underhook), which makes it more high percentage. However, it can be done from any front headlock position.
  • 2-on-1 Position - Can also lead to a double or single leg takedown. Coach Powell gives a detailed breakdown of switching off to finish with a double or single leg takedown.

Coach Powell closes with a look at the Inside Trip as a method to defend the single leg and a drill that trains your wrestlers to keep their knee off the mat until their opponent is off balance.

Everything you need to learn about the inside trip is included in this detailed video from Coach Powell!

51 minutes. 2014.



WRD-04967C: with Mike Powell,
Oak Park River Forest (IL) High School; 2x Illinois Dual Team State Champions;
2012 National Wrestling Hall of Fame - recipient of the Medal of Courage;
former Illinois National Team Greco-Roman Coach; 2012 USA Wrestling Cadet Coach of the Year;
All-American wrestler at Indiana University

Mike Powell, head coach of two Illinois Dual Team State Championships at Oak Park River Forest High School, shares a system of dominant hand fighting skills that are sure to produce great results on the mat.

When working with his team, Coach Powell breaks his takedown instruction into thirds: set-up, attack and finish. He spends a lot of time on the first third, set-ups, especially on creating openings with the hands and feet because that's where hand fighting comes into play.

Fundamentals of Hand Fighting

Coach Powell starts with the basics, explaining the key words that go along with the fundamental techniques and why they are important to dominant hand fighting:

  • Good Approach - Learn three approaches that focus on getting the opponent to back up and feel panicked. A good approach allows wrestlers to move their opponent anywhere on the mat, setting them up for a shot, and gives the opponent problems getting to their legs.
  • Head Position - Get key pointers to progress to your set up, as well as a better attack.
  • Heavy Hands - Wear your opponent out and move them into an advantage position.
  • Transferring Hands - If there's no opening after a long pull, the wrestler needs to move their hands to keep wearing on the opponent to create a new angle/opening.
  • Forward-Forward-Back - Get the opponent to resist to get them off balance. This move is great for opening up the opponent for a snap.

Snap Downs

Coach Powell's hand fighting system focuses on the snap. He details four snap downs that lead to better attack angles or to short offense. The traditional snap, 50-50 snap, arm snap and foot fake snap are all broken down by Coach Powell.

Dominant Ties

Learn three techniques to shut down your opponent and open up your attacks. You'll see the underhook, football tie and the 2-on-1. Additionally, Coach Powell shows three variations of the 2-on-1: a traditional tie (with and without head position), a Keyhole Lock (a Coach Powell favorite that his teams have used with great success) and the Baseball Grip, which can also help a wrestler who gives up too many attacks on the approach.

Hand Fighting Drills

Coach Powell demonstrates over 10 drills to build an attacking mentality awhile incorporating snaps into all of his drills. These drills reinforce good head position (unless you have a dominant tie), reassess position after a break, create angles and more. The goal of the drills is to force kids to work through the positions to keep their hands and feet moving. This teaches wrestlers how to be aggressive.

This video contains great instruction on Coach Powell's hand fighting system. Perfect for any coach or wrestler who's looking to get elite drills and skills for hand fighting!

81 minutes. 2011.



DVD
Buy at Championship Productions


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