Using Wrestling Instructional Videos to Improve Technique

wrestling instructional dvds is a great tool to becoming a better wrestler.  Wrestlers should be constantly trying to improve their technique. A great way to do his is using wrestling instructional videos.  You can find great wrestling DVDs that will teach you whatever you would like to learn.  Today I would like to talk about the advantages of using wrestling instructional dvds to make you a better wrestler.

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Advantages of DVD’s over YouTube

If you are serious about becoming a better wrestler, I would suggest that you make a commitment to invest in a good library of wrestling dvds.  You might have the urge to use youtube to improve your technique, but it has been my experiences that the videos are not as thorough as they need to be .  A good wrestling dvd will be focused on a particular area of wrestling and will go into greater detail than a short youtube video.

Which Video to Choose

Wrestling parents ask me all the time “what is the best wrestling video”?  My answer to them is that, it depends on what area(s) a wrestler needs to improve on.  For example if a wrestler need more work on bottom, I would focus on videos that help a wrestler master standups and escapes.  Determine where you need work and buy the videos that are focused on that area.  Most online sites will allow you easily to choose dvds that are focused on a particular aspect of wrestling.

Buy a Set to Save Money

If you are in the market to invest in good wrestling instructional dvds, I would suggest that you buy a set.  The reason is that you get a better deal when you buy a set.  You also get an advantage learning from the same coach in multiple areas.  For example, if I wanted to improve takedowns, I would buy the takedown series by John Smith for around a 100 bucks.  I would save 20 dollars and have three great instructional dvds.

What do You Think?

Wrestling instructional dvds are a great way to improve your technique on the mat.  I hope you think about the benefits of investing in good wrestling instructional videos.  I hope you enjoyed this article.  If you have any feedback we would love to hear from you. Please post a comment at the end of this article and let me know what you think.  Thanks for reading and continue training hard.


Will Wrestling Headgear Prevent Concussions

I was recently asked what is the best headgear to prevent concussions?  I was a little surprised to hear someone ask me that question.  The answer is that headgear for wrestling will not prevent concussions.  I’m positive that there are other people that are unfamiliar with that question and will benefit from this post.  Today, I would like to talk about the function and purpose of wrestling headgear.

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Wrestle without Damaging Ears

The sole purpose of wrestling headgear is to prevent cauliflower ear when two wrestlers are wrestling each other.  If you have every seen anyone with gnarly cauliflower ear, you would know why most wrestlers will wear headgear.  While the headgear is hard enough to protect the ears, it is also has a soft outside to prevent an opponent from getting injured.

How to Prevent Concussions in Wrestling

I hate to tell you this, but there isn’t much you can do to prevent concussions.  When you wrestle, the main protection a wrestler has on the mat is the referee.  You can only hope that the referee is paying attention and preventing situations where a wrestler won’t get thrown on his head.  Even then, there are times where a wrestler can land on their head and get a concussion.

Another layer of protection comes from years of wrestling.  Most wrestlers have been thrown to the mat so many times that they have instinctively learned how to land without getting hurt.

What are Your Thoughts?

I hope you enjoyed the article.  Thousands(may be hundreds of thousands) of wrestling matches occur each year without injury to either wrestler.  Having said that, wrestling is a contact sport and injuries are part of this sport.  Do you have any comments for feedback?  We would love to hear from you. post a comment at the end of this article and share your thoughts.  Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Mental Toughness Training for Wrestlers

At a recent wrestling tournament, I watched a very good wrestler strap on his brute headgear and step on the mat. I have been watching this young man wrestle for the last five years.  One thing I have noticed about him is that he manages to win the super tough matches.  I had a chance to talk with this wrestler.

I asked him how he prepares himself for those tough matches.  He told me that he works on chain wrestling. In addition, he tells himself he is going to win and he can see himself winning in his mind.

Wrestling is a sport that I believe is mostly mental.  In fact, I’ve heard numerous coaches tell me that wrestling is 90% mental and 10% physical.  If the mental aspect is a huge part of wrestling, shouldn’t wrestlers learn how to train their mind to gain a competitive advantage?  Today, I would like to discuss mental training for wrestlers.

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How Does a Wrestler Get that Mental Edge?

You hear the same thing over and over again.  If you want to learn how to become a better wrestler, you should train harder than your opponents.  Doesn’t every good wrestler train hard?  Wrestlers who don’t train hard, won’t last long in this sport.  The elite athletes gain a mental edge because they train their brains as much(if not more) than they do their body.  How does a wrestler train his mind?

Positive Self Talk

I’m a firm believer that people believe whatever they speak.  I think this applies to wrestling as well.  If you look at your opponent and you say “This guy will be tough”, you are telling yourself that you don’t think you can beat this wrestler. has a great article on how Athletes Self Talk to Boost Performance.

On the other hand, if you tell yourself that “I’m going to win this match”, then you are reinforcing positive self-talk.  You are more likely to win that match.  Learn to tell yourself positive messages about you winning and you will notice that you start winning those close matches.

Positive self talk is just as important as a wrestlers diet.  I would even say your self talk is more important than watching calories.

I think positive self talk can help any wrestler.

Here is a video by Dr. Jarrod Spencer of Mind of the Athlete that talks about listening your self talk.

Visualize the Win

The best wrestlers in the world can see themselves winning matches.

Take a look at Jordan Burroughs.  He says that he focuses and takes the time to see himself winning championships and wrestling matches.

He steps on the mat every time expecting to win.  If a world champion wrestler, applies these techniques, then you should follow.  How do you visualize the win?

I suggest closing your eyes and seeing yourself winning.  Try to be very detailed in what you see.  The more you apply this technique the better you will get at it.  Do it over and over until you see yourself getting your hand raised.

What do you think?

I think mental training is an aspect that wrestler do not spend enough time on.  I think this could take you from simply being a good wrestler to a great wrestler.  Do you have any comments?  I would love to hear from you.  Post a comment and let me know what your thoughts are.  I hope you enjoyed the article.  Thanks for reading and keep growing in wrestling.

How are Wrestling Brackets Set Up

I often have new wrestling parents ask me how a wrestling brackets are set up. I tell them that it depends on what type of wrestling tournament you are talking about.  There are some wrestling websites that make creating wrestling brackets easier.  Each type of wrestling tournament is slightly different in how a bracket is created.  Today, I would like to discuss the different types of wrestling brackets.

Different Types of Wrestling Brackets

There are basically three types of wrestling brackets.  Those are the blind draw bracket, a seeded bracket, and a round robin wrestling bracket. The blind draw bracket has the wrestlers randomly placed on the bracket. The seeded bracket tries to separate the best wrestlers and the round robin wrestling bracket means wrestlers either wrestle everyone or wrestle three matches to determine their seed for next round of a tournament.

Blind Draw Bracket

In a blind draw wrestling bracket, wrestlers are randomly placed on a bracket.  This is the type of bracket that is created for most youth wrestling tournaments.  This is done because most wrestling clubs do not want to go through the trouble of seeding.  The one rule that most wrestling clubs follow is that they try to separate kids from the same club.

Seeded Bracket

A seeded bracket is used for national, college, high school, and junior high tournaments.  In a seeded tournament, the best wrestlers are separated so that the best wrestlers meet each other in the finals.  For example, the first and second-seeded wrestlers are placed on opposite sides of the bracket.  Seeds are usually done for the first four to six wrestlers. After the seeds have been done the rest of the wrestlers are randomly placed on the bracket.  Wrestlers from the same club are also separated.

Round Robin Bracket

a round robin wrestling bracket is done one of two ways.  Either a wrestler wrestles everyone in their bracket or a round robin bracket is created so that seeds can be done for the next round in a wrestling tournament.

Most round robin wrestling brackets consist of six wrestlers or fewer.  The objective of  this type of wrestling bracket is to get each wrestler a lot of mat time. I like this type of bracket for new wrestlers.  If you have six wrestlers, each person is guaranteed five matches.

The other type of round robin bracket is done to determine seeds.  For example, let’s say you had sixteen wrestlers in a bracket.  You would have four round robin groups of four wrestlers.  Each group would wrestle everyone in their group. When that is finished the top two in each round robin would be seeded in an eight-man seeded bracket.

What do you think?

I hope you enjoyed the wrestling article.  Hopefully, you have a better understanding of how wrestling brackets are created.  Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Top 3 Tips and Tricks for a Wrestlers Weight Loss Diet

Cutting weight for wrestling can be tough.  There are certain tricks to a wrestlers diet that can help a wrestler lose weight quickly while maintaining strength.

Let’s look at diet tips that will help you make your next weight in.  I’m hoping your goal is to get rid of body fat.  Anything else is unhealthy.

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Restrict Calories without Slowing Metabolism

The human body is an amazing creation.

If you restrict your calorie intake too much, your body will go into what is called “starvation mode”.

This means that your body thinks it is starving and will lower your metabolism to protect itself.  A lower metabolism causes your body to burn fewer calories.

To avoid this start reducing your calorie intake slowly.  The first thing you need to do is go to to figure out what your calorie intake should be.

Most active athletes would be at a calorie intake 2,200 calories per day.  Start your diet out by reducing your intake to 90% for the first week.

This would be 1,980 calories per day.  Then reduce your intake to 80% for the second week. That is 1760 calories per day.  I would not advise going below 80%.  If you insist, then I would for sure go no lower than 70% to avoid going into starvation mode.

Avoid Empty Calories

What are empty calories?  These are calories that have little if any nutritional value.

Let’s look at a bottle of coke as an example.  A 16oz bottle of coke has 260 calories, No Protein, and 70 grams of simple sugars.  That is almost 15% of your daily intake and has absolutely NO nutritional value.

If you look at, you will see some great examples of foods with empty calories.  Avoid empty calories get the best results.

Fiber is a Great Appetite Suppressant

Make sure that fiber is a major component of your diet.  Most people don’t get anywhere near the recommended fiber intake on any given day.  According to WebMD, men should get 38 grams and women should get 25 grams of fiber per day.  Fiber has many benefits.  One of the key benefits is that it makes you feel fuller longer and it also helps maintain your blood sugar.

What do you think?

I hope you enjoyed the article.  No one likes to cut weight to wrestling.  These tips can make that task a little more bearable.  Do you have any comments?  We would love to hear from you. Post a comment and let us know what you think.  Thanks for reading and have a great day.