Post subject: freestyle wrestlingPostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2004 9:38 am
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Would training and competition in amateur (freestyle) wrestlling likely provide appreciable help in getting to a competitive level in submission wrestling? I wonder if any of the women currently competing in top level submission wrestling or jiu jitsu have a background in freestyle wrestling.
Post subject: PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2004 3:05 pm
Joined: Mon Sep 20, 2004 2:47 pm
In my experience, it’s a detriment at first because of the tactical adjustments required, but a benefit later because freestyle and even folkstyle wrestlers train takedowns more than submission wrestlers.
The initial problem for freestyle wrestlers is that what wins matches in freestyle (turning opponents to their back if up, getting off your back if down) is meaningless if not counterproductive in submission. Depending on how much training you’ve had, it can take months to replace the learned responses with a new set.
But the takedowns work fine, particularly those that emphasize “turning the corner”. The one takedown that needs significant modification is the double-leg, which tends to put you in the opponent’s guard once down.