best wrestling books

best wrestling books
best wrestling books

I want a book that will help me work on my ground and my top game. How many books on grapplers and wrestling are out there? I’m hoping this thread is something that could help me and other grapplers learn the things that will benefit us the most in the sport.

Here is my list of the Top 5 books on Wrestling:

1. Wrestling Technique (Wes Stokes).

2. Wrestling for the Proffesional Athlete (Wes Stokes).

3. Grapple Time (Brett Haney).

4. The Art of Wrestling – John Ore & Kevin Wilson.

5. The Art of Wrestling – Tom Eplin.

(Yes, at times there are slight problems. However, when those problems go over, these are my most valuable books)

1. Wrestling: a technical, tactical and sport wrestling guide (Kotwica).

2. Wrestling by Ed Ruth. (I know, Ruth is a total nut!)

3. Wrestling for Sport, Fitness & Traning (Ed Ruth).

4. Wrestling Fundamentals (T-Bone Steiner).

5. I know the next one doesn’t rank well, but it is the one that comes to mind first: Washing Away the Doubt of How to Learn Wrestling (Earl Anthony). That book just helps you make your mistakes and learn from your errors!

You will quickly see that the best wrestling books to learn your ground game are those that are a mixture of theory, theory and practice. That is, they will give you a good understanding of wrestling’s principles and show you some techniques for the ground, but they’ll also give you enough techniques for practice as well. This way, you’ll develop your own practical “tricks” and find your own answers to the “why” questions in wrestling more easily.

The best books for ground work are in two groups. Either books that show you techniques to use on the ground if someone gives you more than one way to defend a single position against that particular opponent or books that show you a whole collection of techniques to use on the ground.

I don’t want to discourage anybody from buying what you think are the best wrestling books!

Just remember one thing: In the end, the most important book for learning the ground game is you!

One of the first things I noticed is that most of you are recommending books written just for ground students! You can use the same books that I would recommend to improve your top game.

You can find a whole chapter on ground wrestling in my book or just in Wrestling Fundamentals, but I’ll try to include at least some of the points about learning from errors, understanding your opponent in a wrestling match.

Wrestling Technique I hope you’ll get a good book on the technical and tactical aspects of wrestling. I’m talking about how to set up for the ground game, how to avoid submissions (I know this is covered in Wrestling Fundamentals, but the information comes much easier if you know the principle, so I just mention it). I’m thinking of more of the general principles related to wrestling than to any specific techniques for the ground.

I’d recommend Wrestling Fundamentals 3rd edition as it still has a lot of real good stuff for the ground game. I also think The Art of Wrestling can be quite helpful, as can Ruth’s book. Some newer books don’t show the same emphasis on wrestling’s technical and tactical aspects as Wes Stokes. You also might try looking for books on the sport wrestling section of the internet. The main problem is that there can be a lot of bad info, so a lot of people think just because a book is published by a wrestling school, it must be correct.

I’d recommend Wrestling Fundamentals 3rd edition as it still has a lot of real good stuff for the ground game. I also think The Art of Wrestling can be quite helpful, as can Ruth’s book. Some newer books don’t show the same emphasis on wrestling’s technical and tactical aspects as Wes Stokes. You also might try looking for books on the sport wrestling section of the internet. The main problem is that there can be a lot of bad info, so a lot of people think just because a book is published by a wrestling school, it must be correct.

I agree with a lot of what you have said, but I like a lot of the newer books too. I find that they are a little more focused on the specific technique of using a particular hold or hold combination (for instance using a shoulder tap instead of another technique entirely), and if you get good with a few different holds, you start to pick up other positions and other techniques too. I’m pretty happy with those newer books, and I would also recommend The Wrestling Science and Wrestling Science Complete by Tom Eplin – I think he covers a wide range of stuff,

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