Learn how to escape from the bottom position with a proven, systematic approach!
- Learn how to recognize and anticipate your opponent's attacks from the top in order to effectively defend and improve your bottom position before the opponent attempts their attack
- Understand and beat the most common top position attacks and breakdowns off the whistle to get off the bottom quickly and consistently
- Execute a simple and intuitive approach to fighting off your belly every time you're broken down to quickly regain and improve your position
with Nick Mitchell,
Grand View University Head Coach,
2018 NAIA Champions - Seventh straight NAIA National Titles (2012-17) - first team to win six straight NAIA National titles; 2016 NAIA National Coach of the Year - 3x NAIA National Coach of the Year (2012, 2013, 2016).
As an athlete, Coach Mitchell was a three-time NCAA Division III All-American for Wartburg College
Nick Mitchell was the first ever coach at Grand View University, and in four years he took the program from a start-up to winning a national championship. In this video, Coach Mitchell shares his team's proven strategies on escaping from the bottom position by employing simple, yet effective fundamentals to keeping and improving your position, regardless of your opponent's attacks.
Keeping a Solid Base
Coach Mitchell shares the most important things to consider when anticipating your opponent's top attacks, including where they're putting most of their pressure, how they line up in top position, and their hand placement. By pointing out critical details in your position on bottom, he demonstrates how you can be stronger and improve your position faster so you can escape. He includes simple and easy-to-understand instructions on the mechanics of staying in solid position without giving your opponent an advantage on top.
Beating Commonly-Used Top Attacks and Breakdowns
Regardless of the top man's attempted breakdown, Coach Mitchell demonstrates how to keep your position and beat the attack every time. By focusing on constantly improving your position through a systematic use of change overs, knee slides, hand control, back pressure and hip heists, Coach Mitchell reveals how to defend and beat the most used attacks from the top position. Each of these has their own special nuances, and Coach Mitchell covers each one in depth:
- Outside Ankle
- Spiral Ride
- Chop/Jam off the whistle
- Claw Ride
- Crab Ride
- Tight Waist
- Inside Wrist
Additionally, Coach Mitchell shares practice drills that help you chain wrestle through the various breakdowns that your opponent will attempt. This includes understanding and feeling when the top man changes their pressure and recognizing that as an opportunity to improve position and escape.
Fighting Off Your Belly
One of the most difficult and often intimidating positions to work out of is when a wrestler has been broken down to their belly. In this DVD, Coach Mitchell shares the proper defensive position and posture on your stomach to prevent being turned and to quickly get to your base. Through simple steps that build upon the positions and movements shown throughout the video, Coach Mitchell makes the process of getting off your belly straightforward and less intimidating for wrestlers of all ages. Some of the common attacks he reviews include:
- Fighting off the inside wrist
- Defending the tight waist
- Beating the cross-face
Want to get off the bottom every time? This video will give you the championship-level tools you need to always keep a solid base, constantly improve your position, and get to your feet and escape.
"This is a great video that teaches amazing technique. There is something that wrestlers or coaches at any level could use to make themselves or their wrestlers better. I have been coaching wrestling for 18 years and I gleaned information from this video that I will use in my practices this year." - Customer Review
64 minutes. 2017.Wrestling Videos