How to Find Your Wrestling Style
New wrestlers usually don’t quite understand the concept of wrestling style and how is it possible that you have your own unique style. This is not something so easily defined. Your own unique wrestling style needs to be developed over the years and it requires a serious dedication.
You can’t develop your own style so quickly. Before that, you need to learn the most common wrestling styles that wrestlers all around the world use. Every wrestler has its own unique way of wrestling created with variations of strategies and techniques.
In this text, we will teach you about most common and most successful wrestling styles so you can see which one fit you the most and create your own variations.
This style comes from the University of Iowa wrestling team. This team’s leader was legendary Dan Gable, and the style is pretty physical. These are the key characteristic of the style:
- Superior conditioning
- Brute strength
- Constant pressure on collar ties
- Fundamental positioning emphasis
When you watch the wrestler that uses Iowa style of wrestling, you can see the influence of Gable’s training. The wrestler punishes the opponent with heavy hands and he works to wear him out. Another thing you will notice is how they always keep the great position and how exceptional their defense is.
Additionally, Olympic champions Mark and Dave Schultz were never the part of University of Iowa wrestling team, but they are known to be very aggressive and to apply extremely painful techniques whenever they have a chance.
This wrestling style is best for wrestlers who are above-average physically strong, who are aggressive or mean, who have slow feet and those who are in middle or heavyweight category.
Funk is basically the style that consists of improvisation when it comes to technique and forcing your opponent into wrestling in unfamiliar positions. This style gained a massive popularity over the past few years.
The main characteristic of the funky style is that it disregards most of the fundamentals you were taught while training wrestling. Wrestlers that use this style are usually very flexible and they have the ability to force the opponent into very awkward positions. They also have an exceptional balance and it’s very hard to take them down.
Most of the funky wrestlers have a bit unusual body types, usually lanky, and they possess a deceptive strength.
Funk is not really something you can learn from someone like all of the other wrestling styles. People who use funky style are typically the wrestlers who are initially more able to be successful in some positions that are too difficult for the most of the other wrestlers.
One of the most important things about the funky style is that you are able to put your opponent on his back anytime you want. This is the most popular move amongst the funky wrestlers.
Funky wrestlers will use the techniques and strategies that will give them an advantage because of their body type. They know their body and they will use it against the opponent. Lanky and tall wrestlers, for example, will be excellent at locking up cradles in many different, unusual positions, using their long arms.
One of the most successful funky wrestlers is Ben Askren from University of Missouri. His name became the synonym for funky wrestling. He’s known as one of the best wrestlers in America because he was able to take advantage of his lanky body and wrestle in most awkward positions.
This style is best suited for wrestlers who can think and change strategies quickly and feel comfortable in unusual positions. To utilize this style you need to be very good at risky techniques like throws and rolls and you need to be ready for improvisation at all times.
John Smith style
John Smith is the Oklahoma State University wrestling team’s head coach, who created the wrestling style so unique that it had to be called after him. While he was competing, John Smith was quite agile and extremely technical wrestler. This unique style is what he teaches his students, the members of wrestling team of Oklahoma State University.
One of the main characteristics of this style is that it’s very strong and effective from the neutral position. The style utilizes the constant motion which requires an exquisite stamina. It is also a lightning fast wrestling style and it utilizes the low-level attacks a lot.
This unique wrestling style is basically a complete opposite of the Iowa style. The brute strength of Iowa style is here traded for finesse. Unlike the Iowa style, the John Smith style is not focused on basic positioning, but instead, it utilizes advanced techniques and strategies and a very wide range of different positions.
The wrestlers that use this style are usually quite technical and athletic and they prefer to stay in the neutral position for the win. The John Smith style of wrestling is recommended for wrestlers who are quick on the feet and able to change levels quickly. It is also recommendable for lower weight categories and for those who can absorb technical and fine details.
Embrace the style but make it your own
These styles that we listed above are only the most common and the most successful ones. There are, of course, many different styles out there and many different variations of the styles. Each style utilizes certain qualities one individual can possess. This is why you need to know your body and to know what qualities and strengths you have, but also your weaknesses, so you can figure out what style suits you the most.
The best way to do this is to keep practicing and learning. After some time you will figure out which techniques work for you and which don’t. Once you got that figured out you will have your own unique wrestling style.
You can’t expect to have it all figured out overnight. It takes some time, but you mustn’t give up on training.