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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


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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


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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.

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Ed Ruth - Escapes and Reversals
Ed Ruth, Penn State's first 3-time NCAA Champion, shows you how to stay in great position on bottom and score a 5 point reversal that could lead to a Pin! Ed also shows cutting edge techniques that he used to reverse and escape from even toughest opponents!

Three-time NCAA Champions Ed Ruth demonstrates over 10 techniques to score from the bottom position. You'll see:

  • Stand-up Technique
  • Switch
  • Granby Roll
  • Peterson Roll
  • defense to legs, cross wrist and lifts
  • and more

In addition, Ruth covers 12 strength and quickness exercises he uses.

39 minutes. 2014.

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Dominant Technique and Attacks from the Top Position
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

Many young wrestlers pause at key positions hampering their ability to dominate from the top. The top position is where wrestlers can separate the score by attacking and staying one step ahead of their opponent. The goal is to go from a takedown right into turns and from the turns right into a pin. In this video from Championship Productions, Joe LeBlanc teaches effective breakdowns and how to transition directly into tilts, turns and pins.

Chop Breakdown
Coach LeBlanc shares a unique version of the chop breakdown that involves making the offside arm more primary. With a standard chop, too many athletes end up on their hip, losing precious position and time. His focus is to bury the bottom man's hips to the mat instead of driving over his arm and pulling him into your lap. His breakdown works off the whistle from the referee's position, as well as when the opponent attempts a sit-out and a stand-up. This small change in technique can mean the difference in pinning an opponent and barely holding him down.

Tilt Series
After breaking down an opponent to the mat, Coach LeBlanc covers two different tilt series from this modified chop breakdown. You will learn a tight waist chop; an excellent low-risk tilt that can rack up a lot of back points. You will also learn how to combine this strategy with an arm-across-the-back tilt series that can morph into a near-wrist hammerlock - a high percentage pinning combination.

Claw Ride
The claw ride is an extremely popular wrestling technique for both riding and turning an opponent. Coach LeBlanc teaches some unique variations of the claw ride that provide new opportunities to score from this position. You'll see how to transition directly into various tilts from a standing claw ride, a claw spiral, and hips over and across. Many of the tilts can be turned into pins.

These tilts are very basic, but are all devastatingly effective to turn and pin even the toughest opponent.

Coach LeBlanc also shows a unique way of countering a sit-out that eliminates the opponent's chance to escape. His twist puts the wrestler into a common position that results in near-fall points.

Separate yourself from other wrestlers by becoming dominant in the top position! Coach LeBlanc shows you how in this dynamic presentation.

49 minutes. 2014.

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