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Change Over Hip Heist Series
with Matt Azevedo, Drexel University Head Coach;
Former Cornell University Assistant Coach;
2x U.S. National Team member; 2008 U.S. Open Freestyle National Champion

Not every athlete has the ability to get to their feet quickly. The general rule of thumb from the bottom is to hit a stand-up off the whistle. National champion Matt Azevedo shows how a changeover can impact that line of thinking and lead to several different options for the bottom wrestler. In addition, you'll learn how to recover faster from a takedown and other transitional positions.

The changeover is more explosive move than the standard escape and it gets wrestlers of any body style out quicker. It's great for creating space and motion from the bottom position. Starting with the basic technique, Coach Azevedo breaks the changeover down into three easily understandable steps that all roll into one very effective motion. He emphasizes where the technique could fall apart and where there is room for personalization.

Coach Azevedo shows how to use a changeover to perform a hip heist, which helps explosive wrestlers get away quickly and easily. He demonstrates several that can be used in practice to improve the wrestler's ability to do a hip heist. He also shares several options that can be used after executing the changeover, including:

  • Power switch - This more powerful, explosive version of the switch allows you to escape and reverse the position.
  • Stand-up - Learn how to combine the stand-up with the changeover so your less powerful athletes are able to get to their feet.
  • Granby roll - See how to get the top wrestler out of position and what move to hit when they are out of position.

The drills in this section emphasize what really happens in a match, giving wrestlers a feel for its usefulness. With practice, the move becomes second nature and athletes perform it automatically to move from the bottom.

You'll also see the effectiveness of the changeover in countering one of the top rides at any level - the Spiral Ride, and how to get quick escapes after takedowns with the changeover. These are all great ways to integrate a highly effective bottom position into your arsenal no matter the position of the athlete.

The changeover is an effective move that athletes at any level can do off the whistle or as a transition move. This technique will open up several doors for escapes or reversals by the bottom man. Coach Azevedo has a great teaching style that will help any coach or parent enable their athlete to pick it up and use in short order.

It's a great video for all athletes and coaching levels . Coach Azevedo combines two explosive moves, the change over and granby roll, to create an unstoppable escape! - Chester Chen

2014.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

Cover: elbow pass series: beating the collar tie
Elbow Pass Series: Beating the Collar Tie
with Matt Azevedo, Drexel University Head Coach;
former Cornell University Assistant Coach;
2x U.S. National Team member; U.S.Open Freestyle National Champion

The collar tie is one of the most common tie ups in wrestling. Every wrestler needs to know how to clear it and use it against his opponent. In this instructional presentation, Matt Azevedo shows how to clear a collar tie using his elbow pass series. Not only does he demonstrate how to clear the tie, he also demonstrates how to score once the tie has been cleared.

Coach Azevedo breaks down the elbow pass technique into its fundamental positions and identifies three key steps that develop great habits in using it. He also discusses places that less experienced wrestlers will falter and shows how to correct them. He shares several drills to reinforce the fundamentals. The purpose of the drill progression is to get wrestlers familiar with moving their hands and feet in order to get the proper motion to break a collar tie, and develop muscle memory to execute the move in match conditions.

Opponents react in multiple ways to the elbow pass. Coach Azevedo demonstrates seven different attacks off the elbow pass that can be used depending on how your opponent reacts. These attacks include high-level singles, low-level single, comeback single, high crotch, front headlocks and ankle pick. He discusses favorite leg attacks, how to use them to set up other ties or how to attack when no leg is presented .

The elbow pass is a key position that any wrestler (beginner to advanced) can benefit from using properly. Many wrestlers, novice to highly experienced, attack with a collar tie and control the position very well. This presentation teaches how to take away that advantage. Add to it the plethora of attacks that are available and you can move from being controlled to controlling almost every position on your feet.

It will be useful from the beginning to anyone that watches it, from grade school wrestling all the way up to high school. I particularly enjoyed the "Ankle Pick" section, as I believe his adjustment to the move doubles its effectiveness. - Chester Chen

2014.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

Cover: developing championship wrestlers: establishing dominant routines
Developing Championship Wrestlers: Establishing Dominant Routines
with Joe LeBlanc,
University of Northern Colorado Assistant Coach;
4x All-American at the University of Wyoming; three-time NWCA Academic All-American; most wins (147) in University of Wyoming wrestling

Give your wrestlers a mental edge over their competition! The mental side of wrestling is an important component of wrestling that many coaches and athletes overlook. Four-time All American Joe LeBlanc addresses that omission with an effective approach to strengthening the mental side of the sport.

The Championship Taper
The wrestling season can be a grind leading to burnout. Coach LeBlanc shares strategies for transitioning athletes from preseason to regular season to peak performance at championship time. You'll learn the appropriate intensity and repetition ratios for each phase of the season and principles for keeping your wrestlers physically and mentally fresh during the championship run.

Match Routines and Strategies
Getting ready for a match can be one of the hardest things an athlete does. Coach LeBlanc shares his approach to preparing athletes for a match. He talks about pre- and post-match routines, and how they are specific to each athlete. He uses his background in kinesiology to address proper hydration and nutrition before competition. Gain insights on match strategy, scouting, match planning and motivation. Knowing how to approach an opponent, especially a top-tier wrestler, is an underused tactic.

Post-match
Post-match analysis is essential if your athletes are going to improve. Learn how to deal with an athlete after wins or losses and how to maintain their focus for their next match. Included is a segment on how a coach can use video to improve an athlete's performance.

Warm-up
Discover specific warm-ups for reducing injuries and preparing wrestlers to function at a high level in practice and in competitions.

Coach LeBlanc uses dynamic movement to begin a training session and static movements to complete a session. The progression shown will get every athlete ready to perform at an optimal level. The cool-down shown will get your athletes ready for the next match and increase their flexibility.

This presentation will benefit wrestlers, coaches and parents. These techniques help athletes recover quickly after a loss and keep them hungry when they are dominating the competition. Wrestling is not just about the physical nature of the sport. This presentation reinforces that often-overlooked mental training that can help wrestlers grow and improve.

33 minutes. 2014.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

Cover: ed ruth - takedowns
Ed Ruth - Takedowns
Ed Ruth, Penn State's first and only 3 time NCAA Champion shows set-ups, takedowns, and finishes that he used to dominate his opponents!

Ruth's instruction covers:

  • Level Change
  • Collar Ties
  • High Crotch technique
  • Sweep Single
  • Snap Downs
  • Snap Down to Craddle
  • Arm Drags
  • Fireman's Carry
  • Peak Outs
  • and more!

42 minutes + bonus features. 2014.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

Cover: ed ruth - riding and pinning
Ed Ruth - Riding and Pinning
2014 U.S. World Team member Ed Ruth presents the top position techniques that helped him claim three NCAA titles. He covers more than 15 techniques, including crossface cradles, 2-on-1 roll through tilt, the Ruth Ride, The Ruth Cradle, Easton tilt and more. You'll also see how Ruth defends cradle and helf nelsons.

29 minutes. 2014.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions


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