Similar to hand-fighting, the idea is to trick your opponent and/or keep him on the defensive. The first shot is not meant to actually land against a good opponent. So while our foe is reacting to the first shot, or in this case the fake, we're going for the second, then the third, etc. We want to shoot while our opponent is reacting or recovering from his own failed shot.

These are the two most used types of shots in the higher levels of wrestling, and it's important that even our young ones start trying this. We won't always go over the entire series, time doesn't warrant it. But as you see, you can fake any shot to any other shot, as long as you stay in good position and don't let yourself get extended. This means, good penetration steps so you can keep your legs underneath you and stay in your stance throughout.

If the shot's not there, don't take it, the next one is just around the corner. In college you'll see wrestlers take four, five, six shots before they are able to get one. In essence, shooting turns into a numbers game. The more shots you take, the more success you'll find in neutral.


  • #1: Fake high crotch, outside single
  • #2: Fake outside single, high crotch
  • #3: Fake high crotch, same high crotch
  • #4: Fake high crotch, far side high crotch
  • #5: Fake high crotch, arm drag, double
  • #6: Fake high crotch, arm drag, pass-by, high crotch
  • #7: Fake high crotch, arm drag, pass-by, fake high crotch, arm pull, outside single
  • #8: Fake high crotch, far ankle pick
  • #9: Fake high crotch, front headlock, far ankle
  • #10: Freeze-fake, double


  • #11: Down blocks
  • #12: Down block, high crotch
  • #13: Down-block, far ankle pick
  • #14: Down-block, far inside trip
  • #15: Down block, outside single
  • #16: Down block, snap front headlock, pass-by, double