Folkstyle Wrestling/Advanced Wrestling Strategy

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Size Concerns and the mount position[edit]

First, reality is, the bigger your opponent relative to you, the harder it is to take him down and mount him. Period. However, using and avoiding certain positions and techniques can maximize the probability of success and minimize the probability of getting smashed, the latter of which is definitely a bad thing when you are much smaller than your opponent.

Second, the general rule with significantly larger opponents is that anything you do needs to keep the risk low of getting caught and squelched underneath your opponent at which point certain physics and mechanics will be working hard against you.

Third, I tend to avoid my final attack as being a traditional double, outside single, or inside single leg (except for a very low single leg sometimes) takedown as it gives too much of an opportunity for a much larger opponent to smash me down simply by virtue of the size and weight difference. Those shots tend to be feigns for other attacks.

Fourth, I tend to ultimately attack the head (i.e., the head and arm or front headlock) a lot with the idea that I would rather my smaller weight be on top of a larger weight than vice versa. This is frequently set up with leg attacks (and secured as my opponent pulls his leg back, lowers his hips, or sprawls to defend).

Fifth, with regard to throws for larger opponents, a fireman's carry (if down properly) or an arm throw (but to my knees as opposed to a backstep) seems to work for me as most larger opponents tend to try to push and over power you so those two throws allow me to get underneath them very deeply, like a fulcrum (i.e., my body remains upright, not bent over more vulnerable to getting squashed), and continue their motion to the ground although it is especially crucial with a larger opponent that you keep your grips and position tight. Any slack is likely doom. And it definitely sucks when somebody 50 to 100 pounds is sprawling on and squashing you. Been there, done that.

Sixth, not exactly a throw but I like an explosive inside trip if an opponent is not outrageously larger than me.

Sixth, with regard to other types of attacks, I will occasionally, but not particularly frequently, attack a very low single to the ankle. If I get in, I am usually in decent shape. If you fail on your entry, you get squashed (the obvious risk for this particular attack). I will try drags to get to and around my opponent's body frequently which tends to be my main strategy (i.e., get around behind). Again, pinging shots against a much larger opponent is not particularly wise.

Seventh, most much larger opponent's will tend to try to over power you so having good pummeling and tie ups are crucial. However, when going against a much larger opponent, you need to modify such by learning to keep a bit more space and changing position frequently so they can't simply get a good hold on you and overpower you. Traditional chest to chest pummeling or collar tie against a much larger and stronger opponent is risky. A two on one tie, for example, is less risky.

Eighth, my defense is good, and keeping with the notion that I would rather be above, than below, a much larger opponent, I sometimes will subtly get out of position to encourage my opponent to attack, preparing for such, and then keeping the back of his head at my lower abdomen, getting to head and arm position, etc. Then I spin behind or attack a choke (and then spin behind if defended well).

Ninth, if a much larger opponent does overpower you and you are losing it, accept the situation and immediately get your guard and deal with it from there. Bigger opponent's will take you down at least sometimes regardless of your skill, etc., simply based on the size difference. Therefore, getting to guard quickly and effective, and obviously having a game from there, is crucial as you will end up underneath some larger opponents with him sitting astride of you in mount.

The Mount position

If you can, attempt to pin the opponent before he can pin you. The best way to pin an opponent is to sit astride of him in a "Schoolboy Pin" otherwise known as the "mount". This position is instinctive in humans and a very natural, common sense position to get into on an opponent. It is very popular with boys when observing them play fighting or fighting. One boy will normally sit astride of the other boy once the fight gets to the ground. Girls and women will also use this position and it is then referered to as a "Schoolgirl pin". Being able to effectively control and dominate the opponent makes this a physically strong position. Your legs are astride of him so you can control him with your legs. Sitting astride of him places his body between and underneath your buttocks allowing you to control him with your weight pressing him down to the ground. Being sat astride of your opponent places his body in your intimate personal space. You have your legs open across him so that his body is between your legs and thighs. He is underneath your genitals which rest on top of his body. Your perineum and buttocks rest astride of him and you have your anus resting on top of him. This makes this a very psychologically dominant position for both the person sitting astride and for the person being sat on beneath him. For the person on top it's like dominating and riding astride of a horse. The person underneath him is being ridden like a horse and feels totally dominated by the presence of the rider's genitals, perineum, buttocks and anus on top of him. This physically and psychologically strong position can be achieved in a variety of ways.

The easiest method of mounting your opponent is to kneel by his side, push his arms to the ground above his head and pin them to the ground. Quickly cock your leg over his body to straddle him widely with your legs and buttocks. Now, quickly lower your buttocks so as to sit down on top of him using your well spread buttocks and weight across him to hold him down. Tuck the soles of your feet into his back either side of him to stop him rolling beneath you. Open your legs widely across his body for a stable base. Sit up on him using your buttocks and perineum to hold him down as you punch him in the face. Another way to mount him is to stand astride of his body and then lower your buttocks so as to sit astride of him in a squatting position. You can stay in this position for a while if it is safe to do so but it is safer to lower your legs to the ground either side of his body so as to be sitting astride in a conventional mount upon him. Once Sitting astride of him you can lean forward onto your opponents body if you want to strangle or choke him.

When you initially sit on him the opponent will usually try to buck and roll you off of his body. You must ride him to ensure that you can remain seated on top of him. When initially riding him and when sitting on him in general you must use your powerful legs, thighs and buttocks to control the opponent's body that is trapped between them. Your buttocks should remain in contact with his body and straddle him evenly at all times whilst you are sitting on top of him. Your legs and thighs should remain open widely across him unless you need to grip his body between your legs during a particular move or to hold onto him. As you continue to ride him he will eventually tire and you will be able to settle into a comfortable seat astride of him. It is common in a fight to begin by sitting astride of the opponent's belly (low mount) for a while to gain control over him before attempting to finish him. You can also slide your buttocks and perineum up his body so as to end up sitting astride of his chest close to his face (high mount). This is a very psychologically strong position as your genitals and anus rest upon the opponent's body only centimetres from his face and strongly shows your dominance over him. You can kneel upon his outstretched arms and sit up on him as you punch, strangle or choke him beneath you.