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The Art of Hand Fighting

The Art of Hand Fighting

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Mark Ironside is a 4x All-American wrestler and has won 2 NCAA Championships. Hand fighting is an essential wrestling skill for wrestlers and Mark Ironside shares his favorite drills for becoming an effective hand fighter and, in turn, a far more dangerous wrestler on your feet. Hand fighting is all about moving your opponent so that you can set up your attacks. Coach Ironside takes a different approach to the skill as he believes that a level of high intensity and complete domination must always be maintained throughout the match. He stresses that wrestlers must set a fast pace and continue for the entire match.

Coach Ironside first covers the basic strategy of hand fighting in the neutral position, including not reaching, using heavy hands, keeping elbows close and applying constant pressure and immediately re-attacking. Ironside demonstrates how to correctly close the gap while hand fighting, which maintains a good position and makes it easier to move an opponent.

He shares drills for quickly improving positioning, including a push-pull drill that teaches wrestlers to move their hands and feet together. From these techniques, Coach Ironside shows ways to get and use four control ties, double inside tie, such as the 2-1 and inside tie/wrist combination. He also shows techniques to control and clear these ties that will move your opponent. Each of these ties works together to create a potent offense that will exhaust your opponent. While demonstrating these ties, Coach Ironside also shows several takedowns.

Lastly, Coach Ironside demonstrates how to drill hand fighting skills with a partner and how to clear a front head lock. Don't just hand fight; use it to create an offense that is unbeatable! Mark Ironside will show you how to enhance your hand fighting skills to score from the neutral position. 55 minutes. 2014.

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