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  • Wrestling Technique Spotlight: Finishing A Cross-Face Cradle

    In wrestling you hear the phrase “work smarter, not harder”, meaning to complete skills with fundamentally sound technique. A wrestler whom completes moves fundamentally sound will be able to accomplish more, and finish opponents quicker using less energy.

    One particular skill that tends to be commonly used where wrestlers seem to struggle when finishing off foes is the cradle. Cradles are a very effective wrestling technique that often only produces near-fall points. When done properly a cradle is an extremely tough move to escape from, and leads to pin-falls ending the match.

  • USCS Wrestling Technique Spotlight: How to Perform The Slide-By and Improve Your Wrestling Repertoire

    Wrestling season is upon us as conference duals and rivalry matches start coming together before the holiday. And while the possible outcomes are endless, one thing for certain is there will be a winner and a loser. As matches start forming and takedowns become harder, technique becomes crucial to success.

    A fairly simple move I really enjoyed during my high school and college career was a slide-by. This can be used at all weights in wrestling, as many people have this thought in their minds that they're "big guy" moves and "small guys" moves. I never believe that to be true and never will. A skilled wrestler can perform any skill he or she desires. It takes dedication, time, hard work, and a passion to become a better wrestler.

    The Slide-by is an excellent move that catches many wrestlers when they are becoming lazy in a match. During the six minutes, or seven in college, a wrestler when tired will tend to tie-up while in a neutral position. While tying-up, they also usually forget to circle, which means they are pushing into or pulling you. When this happens they are practically setting up the slide-by for you.

  • Wrestling Technique Spotlight: Sprawling To Defend A Takedown

    Once the 2012 London Games ended wrestlers everywhere have the desire to learn how to perform a blast double like the Olympic gold medalist Jordan Burroughs. But he has more than a great double leg takedown. He has excellent defense against the same shot that he is known so well for.

    In wrestling, knowing how to defend a shot is just as important as being able to successfully complete one. There are a couple of lines of defense that will help avoid an opponent getting deep on their shot. When in the neutral stance, be sure not to reach with the same arm as your lead leg. Reach with the non-lead leg arm.

    Hands, head, and hips are your first three lines of defense against a shot. Hands to push away or snap down on an opponent shooting can prevent them from penetrating a solid stance. Using your head, keeping it in front of the offensive wrestler makes it difficult for an opponent to get deep when your head is in their way while trying to get inside.

  • USCS Technique of the Week: James Lee Shows Basic Heel Hook for MMA and BJJ

    No matter if the sport is Mixed Martial Arts or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the heel hook is one of the most dangerous and most effective moves at a competitor's disposal.

    Watch as longtime Ultimate Fighting Championship, PRIDE, Pancrase, and King Of The Cage veteran James Lee shows off how to properly pull off a heel hook submission in this week's USCS Technique of the Week.

  • USCS Technique of the Week: Dan Henderson Shows His Most Effective Strikes from the Clinch

    In what could play a major role in the near future of the UFC light heavyweight title picture, Dan Henderson demonstrates his favorite striking techniques that he likes to use while in the clinch.

    Watch along with the USCS Technique of the Week as the living legend shows you how to control the fight once clinched with the opponent. This is one USCS Technique video that you don't want to miss.

  • USCS Technique of the Week: How To Properly Execute a Rear Naked Choke

    We go back to the basics with this edition of the US Combat Sports Technique of the Week as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt Jon “White Trash” Friedland teaches the proper way to sink in a rear naked choke.

  • USCS Technique of the Week: Jorge Gurgel Teaches How to Take the Back From Side Control

    On this edition of the USCS Technique of the Week BJJ legend Jorge Gurgel shows a sneeky setup for taking the back from side control. Start catching everyone at your gym with this progressive technique.

  • USCS Technique of the Week: BJJ Black Belt Thiago Veiga of LCCT Walks Us Through the Scissors Sweep

    Watch the USCS Technique of the Week as Thiago Veiga of LCCT Jiu Jitsu Association and Rothwell MMA demonstrates the effective Scissors Sweep from the guard. This is a great sweet for beginners and advanced competitors alike.

  • USCS Technique of the Week: Randy Couture and Frank Trigg Explain Kimura from Bottom Turtle

    The US Combat Sports Technique of the Week returns in a big way. Check out this crafty Jiu Jitsu and MMA technique shown by Randy Couture and Frank Trigg as the veterans demonstrate how to setup a kimura from the bottom turtle when your opponent is reaching in from the top.

  • USCS Wrestling Technique: Single Leg Seatbelt Toss

    Wrestling is the world's oldest sport dating back to ancient Greek times. And as the sport has evolved, so has the amount of intelligent ways of dragging opponents down to the mat.

    Every takedown has a counter, and with every counter an opponent defends with, a smart wrestler must be able to shift gears into another offensive attack.

    The single leg seatbelt toss isn't a recommended first hand move to use in an arsenal attacking your foe. However, it is a technique that can create uncertainty next time an opponent decides to use a whizzer defending a single leg attack.

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