Saturday, April 30, 2011
The Full Nelson
But, on to the Full Nelson, one of my favorite wrestling holds. In the story I was telling (Competition) I was clamped into a Full Nelson at one point. My opponent got around behind me and much like the photo above he was able to get his arms up around my neck. He was a pretty strong guy and he worked hard to push my head forward and make me submit. At the same time, he wrapped his legs around my mid-section and squeezed. At first, I let him do it. Like the guy in the photo, he had thick, hairy legs and he could really put the pressure on me - but since he was also attempting to work my neck, he was not applying as much pressure as he had hoped.
I leaned forward, slowly breaking his hold on my neck and putting pressure on his feet underneath me. I could tell he was struggling--his breathing was labored and he applied pressure in bursts that started strong but then faded. He was weakening and I was in a position to out-last the punishment he was dishing out to me. Then, finally, I rolled to my side so that my weight fell onto his feet and he released me. I was free, and ready to turn into him and give him some of the same punishment that he'd given me.