Do you know how to build mental toughness?

Any coach can teach technique, but the thing that separates good coaches from great coaches is the ability to develop mental toughness. In this video, Gable talks about the steps to developing mental toughness in a specific athlete, how he evaluated the athlete, and the end result. Transcript Dan Gable: He had always had this…

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Freestyle, Greco, and Dangerous Positions

Along with an analysis of the 2014 NCAA final between Alex Dieringer and Dylan Ness, Gable and Coach Weber discuss philosophies of wrestling in reference to basic skills and high flying moves. Included in the dialogue are their opinions on the place of freestyle and greco in the context of learning the basics, and mastering…

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How to Sell Freestyle and Greco

In this video Gable launches into a series of thoughts on how to persuade inexperienced coaches and athletes to plunge into the world of freestyle and greco roman wrestling. He considers credibility, his own personal experience, the philosophies of an attacking style, how to enjoy the sport and overall athletic development. Transcript Daryl Weber: At…

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So Do It

Want to do Dan Gable a favor? People often ask Coach Gable how they can help the sport of wrestling. In this video, Gable gives a simple, no nonsense answer to this question that benefits coaches, and athletes alike.   Transcript Dan Gable: If you want to help the sport of wrestling, coaches, high school…

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Guts And Laces

Gable was not a coach who encouraged needless risk. In this video, he gives his insights into guts, laces and his thinking on their application in freestyle wrestling. Despite it being a specific subject, Gable’s thoughts reveal intricate, deep-seeded philosophies and perspectives. Transcript Dan Gable: Right now it’s like guts and laces.  I’m going to…

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FS and GR Variety of Workouts

For the reasons of keeping practice fresh, as well as developing the best wrestlers, variety is a crucial element to coaching. In this video Gable discusses the importance of freestyle and greco, not just for their own sake, but for enriching folkstyle wrestling to competitors and spectators alike. Transcript Daryl Weber: Right. Dan Gable: You…

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Window High Crotch Takedown

The high crotch takedown is a core technique in the neutral position, and the window set up is one of the best in the sport. The strength of this move is that it flows from a collar tie and connects the takedown to motion and pressure. Once the attacking wrestler has established control on both…

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Building a Strong Team

In order for a team to reach its potential the entire roster has to be competitive from top to bottom. This is important in case of injury, but also for the development of the most gifted and highest achieving athletes. By breeding an intense competitive atmosphere, Gable tried to develop the whole roster to it’s…

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Arm Drag Takedown

The arm drag takedown is one of the best and most basic in wrestling. Mastering this technique teaches wrestlers the fundamental skill of keeping their arms short, and shows them how to punish those who don’t! Key elements to the arm drag series are controlling wrists, establishing head position, and forcing your opponent to pressure…

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My Take on “Iowa Style” Wrestling

Do you really know what Iowa Style Wrestling is?  It’s a style that can work for anyone, will lead to more fans and can maximize each wrestler’s potential.  Oh, and if you get two wrestlers that wrestle in this fashion, watch out and hold on to your popcorn, because it is going to be an entertaining…

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