By: Bill Welker
Originally Published in: The Wrestling Drill Book
Provided by: Human Kinetics
The drill starts with W2 standing behind W1, holding one arm with a two-hand grip on the wrist (a).
W1 then maneuvers his free arm under W2's arm, grabbing W2's far hand (b). Next, W1 pries up, placing pressure on W2's wrist. This forces W2 to release the near-side grip on W1 (c). At this point, W1 extends the arm that W2 still controls and turns it away from the body, freeing W2's grip on the arm (d). Finally, W1 draws his elbows back to the inside position as quickly as possible in preparation for an escape or reversal maneuver.
While each wrestler takes turns performing this drill, emphasize the importance of the defensive wrestler not reaching across his body, which would allow the offensive wrestler to regain wrist control. After standing up, the defensive wrestler must be concerned with keeping his hands and wrists free. There is not much the defensive wrestler can do in the standing position if his hands and wrists are controlled. In essence, the defensive wrestler must free his wrists to free his hands.