Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Technique: Sabin Shot Defense #1-Crackdown and Finishes

For better or for worse, the crackdown was my go to takedown finish early in my wrestling career.  I don't recommend it becomes a go to, but it is a great shot defense if your other lines of defense fail.  It took a long time for this to sink in. Coach Richardson at Grand Haven HS would tell me, you are so good at scrambling, just shoot and if you miss, you can always scramble out of it.  Eventually I realized, I wasn't reacting to my opponents shots until he got to my legs.

My point, you need to focus on lines of defense first:
  1. Heads and Hands-A good stance, blocking with your head and hands, and level changing sets up high percentage re-shot opportunities. Head and Hands is the number one line of defense.
  2. Chest-A properly executed sprawl is well timed and uses the chest and down block to defend against a shot.  Setting up a front headlock or go behind finish.
  3. Hips-The "last line of defense" is the hips.  Your opponent hits a good setup, clears the head, hands, and chest and gets to your legs.  Your still sprawl, but now your hips play a big roll.  Creating pressure with your hips and getting your feet back is key.  It takes work, but you can still defend and score from this position.
But what happens when he beats all your lines of defense?  For most wrestlers, that's the end of the line.  They get taken down.  They give up the takedown defense and are forced to battle from the bottom position.  Others refuse to go down.  Some call it scrambling.  I like to think of it as continuously improving your position combined with determination.  This is where the crackdown  comes into play.

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Series: Part Two|Part Three
Shot Defense to a Crackdown


Crackdown Finishes


The crackdown position goes well behind just these two videos, but its a good place to start. The first key to being able to scramble is having a strong knowledge of what good position and bad position is and how both feel. The second key is a fighting spirit.  The third key is knowing how to improve your positions (head position, hip heist, scooting your hips, etc.).  The final key is knowing when to bail out so that you live to keep fighting.

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