The Art of Breakdowns: Creating Constant Grinding Pressure

In this video you will learn how to:

  • Use a constant forward-moving, grinding pressure to ride and break down opponents
  • Turn your opponents from four effective breakdowns
  • Flow from one breakdown to another, completely exhausting your opponent
  • Return your opponent to the mat
with Mark Ironside,
2x NCAA Champ and 4x All-American at the University of Iowa; 1998 Dan Hodge Trophy winnerThe difference between a good wrestler and a great wrestler is knowing how to break your opponent down and keep him down. Dan Hodge Trophy winner Mark Ironside teaches the skills necessary to dominate from the top position. His techniques center on applying constant, grinding pressure and the importance of always having forward pressure from the top position.

Coach Ironside demonstrates four breakdowns that span all the various levels of wrestling, and explains the finer points of each. He shows the Chop & Drive, Deep Waist Far Ankle, Spiral Ride, and Hook Ankle. He also shares six effective turns from these breakdowns, explaining the best option to use depending on how the bottom man reacts. He demonstrates a base drill to make wrestlers work both sides of their opponent, training them to flow from one breakdown to another until the opponent is exhausted. This also serves as a great conditioning drill.

He concludes the video by demonstrating how to return an opponent to the mat once they reach their feet. You’ll see two versions– how to bring him to the mat by elevating him and another by rotating him down from his hips.

Go from good to great with these top breakdowns and skills.