a move works at the highest levels of competition, it will probably
work for you. Take the time to acquire and study footage of our
nations and worlds best wrestlers. I videotaped the 1984 Olympics
on my home VCR and have been copying and buying tape of world
class competition ever since. I have a huge library of videos
from the NCAA, World and Olympic Championships from 1984 to the
present. I like to study high school state championships too,
because the kids are often more creative and aggressive than the
more experienced wrestlers. If you are a high school coach, you
should study your state/provincial and semi finals tapes to see
what the best wrestlers and teams in your state/province are doing
to be successful.
friend, Donn Ernst, was on the U.S. National Team Coaching staff
throughout the 1970's. He videotaped our U.S. Team, as well as
the Russians and other top wrestlers at the World Championships
throughout the 1970's and 1980's, and he is still an avid collector
of wrestling video today. Donn takes the time to edit and organize
his video library carefully and has shared much of his collection
with me. I call him my video guru. His nightly video sessions
at my summer camp are very popular and effective learning sessions.
couple other video gurus, Dave Bennett and Gordon Connell, have
filmed and edited some great stuff over the years. Gordon made
two hour tapes of Sergei Beloglazov and Ardsen Fadzaev competing
in the World and Olympic Championships during the late 80's and
90's. I studied these films over a dozen times and learned a new
move every time. These two Russians had an array of very precise
techniques, and I have shared many of them with my students over
the years. Gordon has recently been making edited highlights of
the NCAA Championships, while Dave has been editing tapes of World
Championships for USA Wrestling. I have purchased many of these
tapes and found them to be valuable learning tools for me and
is very important to stay current. Wrestling styles, techniques
and strategies slowly change over time. If you do not keep up,
you may get left behind. Look at the evolution that has occurred
in football over time, with coaches creating new offenses and
defenses to get an edge on their opposition. Wrestling is similar.
You need to work new techniques into your team's program or individual
style over time if you wish to stay on top of your game.
only is watching live matches and highlight clips educational,
it is also motivational and entertaining. When I coached with
Russ Hellickson at Ohio State, he made a highlight tape of our
team annually and set it to some motivational music. My students
get pumped when I show them portions of these tapes before practice.
I also have a personal highlight tape from my career at Penn State.
I edited live clips of the moves I show on my instructional videos,
and put them on a separate highlight video. I use this as a learning
tool, showing my wrestlers the technique I am going to teach on
film before showing it to them in person. My wrestlers get a kick
out of watching me wrestle, and it serves as a great learning
wish I had known the different techniques I know now during my
competitive career. I started to realize how valuable of a learning
tool video could be early in college. Unfortunately, I was so
busy with school work and physical training that I barely had
enough time to watch my own tapes, let alone scout others, study
instructional videos or review tapes of NCAA's. While coaching
at Ohio State and Penn State I was able to make the time to study
video extensively, and now that I run my own program I am able
to make the time to review video tape extensively. Video tape
has expanded my knowledge tremendously over the past decade and
I know it has help make me a much better coach. Take the time
to study those tapes. It well be well worth your effort and you
and your students will reap the rewards.
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