Wrestling: Jam and Jerk Takedown Drill
1. Jam & Jerk—
Attacker Grasps Single Leg, Then Pushes Forward
1. Jam & Jerk— Attacker Grasps Single Leg, Then Pushes Forward

Wrestling: Jam and Jerk Takedown Drill

Pat Aitken

Wrestlers often achieve control of the leg in a single-leg takedown, but then allow the opponent to hop around long enough to escape.  Fortunately, your wrestlers can prevent this problem with the “Jam and Jerk” technique.

The Jam and Jerk moves control of the opponent's leg from the thigh to the ankle or knee.  This gives the attacker better leverage and prevents the opponent from leaning on the attacker for support.

2. Attacker Slides Hands Down
 Opponent’s Leg, Then Lifts Up
2. Attacker Slides Hands Down Opponent’s Leg, Then Lifts Up

The Jam & Jerk
Once the attacker gains control of the opponent's thigh, he steps forward on the outside foot and jams his head and shoulder into the opponent. As the opponent counters by hopping backward, the attacker immediately steps back and jerks on the opponent's leg, simultaneously sliding the hands down to the opponent's lower leg and ankle.         

The attacker then underhooks the opponent's ankle with both forearms and lifts the leg explosively, bringing the opponent's other leg off the mat.  With no support, the opponent's hips drop to the mat, and the attacker
covers.

References
1. Art Keith (EdD), Successful Wrestling,
Leisure Press, 1990.
2. William Welker, The Wrestling Drill Book-2nd Edition, Human Kinetics, 2012.



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