Chopping the arms

Posted on Mar 19, 2010 in Technique

An effective way to counter an opponents position and pressure is by chopping his arms or going under them. We spend a lot of time with our wrestlers trying to give them a feel for both options. When their opponent is posting high on the arms or shoulders, we tell our kids to lower their level while popping the arms up for a score. When their opponent is lower on the arms, we tell them to raise their hands up and chop down with their forearms. This is especially effective if their opponent is pushing in. Chopping the arms with motion will either open their oppenent’s legs or cause him to lose balance and open up for a snap down or front headlock. This is a great handfighting technique for youth wrestlers because it encourages them to wrestle close and stay in their stance.

Go to the following page and click on “Arm Chop” to see how effective it can be. This page includes links to other great techniques as well.