Parallel leg riding is the bread and butter of Seth Ciasulli's (Red Hawk's owner) top riding game. Seth was extremely good at it and has pinned plenty of wrestlers in the top ten in college. We at Red Hawk are part of the very few who teach this series and teach it correctly.

Getting two legs in and keeping your opponent flat on his stomach is the goal. Whenever you have legs in, try to keep your feet locked up so your opponent can't slip his legs out.

Maintain good hip pressure, which means you keep your hands off of the mat and keep your chest high. This will glue your opponent's hips to the mat and render his legs useless. Then, all you have to do is manipulate his upper body.

The real goal is the power half which is a very powerful move and is capable of pinning the best wrestlers. The biggest enemy with this move is the referee. You must maintain good pressure while keeping the referee happy. It's a tricky line to walk, but if you can, no one will stop you.

Leg Riding Priorities

There are priorities you must stick to in order to be a good leg rider. If any of these come undone you must start over in your priority list and then move forward again. If you go out of order, you'll likely get reversed.

  1. Keep your hips on top, at all times.
  2. Break your opponent down.
  3. Maintain good hip pressure.
  4. Work to turn.

You must stay as busy as possible when you have legs in and he's flat on his stomach. The referee, especially bad ones, will look to call stalemate as soon as they can. The more busy you appear to be, the more time you'll have to work. Typically, you try power half, go to another move, then try power half, go to another move, etc.


  • #1: Claw, leg in while rolling through a crab ride
  • #2: Claw, far leg in, tilt


  • #3: Proper leg positioning, pressure, power half
  • #4: Power half, keep legs in, elevate hips
  • #5: Power half, pull hand down and grab with half hand, legs out, far side underhook
  • #6: One on one, pull arm back, arm bar, fall over tilt, half, roll through
  • #7: Arm bar, underhook, half with leg on bar side
  • #8: Hammerlock, put arm under far leg, both hands under far shoulder, fall and tilt
  • #9: Hammerlock, loosen legs, put wrist over leg, grab head, take wrist up
  • #10: Claw, head on opposite side, pinch over, tilt


If your oppenent has his feet locked, you're flat, and keeps good hip pressure, be sure to position your arms down because the first move a legger should try is a power half. You can post your hands on the mat to make your arms tougher to move.

Try to keep your arms straight and at about a 40 degree angle from your side. Not high enough to get power halved, and not low enough to get arm barred. Don't pull your wrists in, as the top guy will grab a one on one on either or both sides and pull down to keep you flat and/or set up a power half.

If you're in the process of getting power halved, keep consistent pressure down with whatever side your opponent is working. Use your free hand to fight the arms. If you push forward the elbow that is trying to keep your head stuck, you can move your head away and make the chopping of the half easier.

Try to not get called for stalling, which basically means: keep your hands busy and don't clam up. Force a crab ride whenever you feel a lack of hip pressure. A crab ride is a much easier position to fight legs than being flat or on your base.

Finally, do not grab a legger's legs when on bottom, as it tends to help him in his quest to get his legs in. Whenever that happens the top guy should grab his own leg with his far hand and pull it in, effectively giving you a seat belt. If you grab a leg, your first reaction should be to throw it to the side and seal it out.