"Drilling is not the same as live wrestling. You don't need to give your partner 100% resistance. He needs to be able to perfect his technique. On the other hand, you need to give some resistance and not simply act like a rag doll for him to throw around. Simply give your drilling partner a reasonable amount of resistance. You need to slow down when drilling a move or technique you've just learned. As you begin to feel comfortable with it then you can speed it up. You can also communicate with your drilling partner and let him know if you're trying a new technique and want his opinion on your execution of it. You can also ask him to respond a certain way to moves so you can practice a situation like when an opponent sprawls and uses a whizzer.
You can also use drilling as a form of conditioning while still improving your wrestling skills. Two-time NCAA wrestling champion Royce Alger credits his success to a training concept introduced to him by Dan Gable called hard drilling. Alger states, "I had to lift, penetrate and keep going through the full range of the move while guys were giving me 30 to 40 percent resistance." Alger claims that hard drilling is even better than hard wrestling for conditioning purposes.
Similarly, I've read that John Smith also incorporated some form of lifting in many of his takedown drills while pushing himself intensely. I've also read that world champion Russian wrestlers use high intensity drilling.
So, when learning new skills you may want to slow down. On the other hand, when practicing skills you've mastered sometimes it's good to speed things up a bit and perform high intensity drilling."
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