Crab Ride


The crab ride is a top riding situation in wrestling where you are sitting behind your opponent while he's in a sit-out. Your legs are stretched forward to create control of your opponents hips and legs. It's very important to use your feet to pull your opponents calves outwards while you use your knees to pinch his hips. Your hands should always remain on the inside of the arms fighting for different handles (half nelson, claw, two-on-one, etc).

This ride can be used to great effect when trying to throw legs in. Although it is one of the more favored positions of a leg-rider, it tends to be the most unstable. So, if you are defending against a legger and he happens to get legs in, it is best to force them to a crab ride so you can manage the situation better and escape easier.


  • Half and one-on-one to right side, then other ·
  • Half with an underhook, roll back ·
  • Half, then arm bar, roll through half side
  • Two-on-one, pull back into hazard tilt ·
  • Throw leg in over arm, tilt ·
  • Opponent digs hand out, head and arm tilt


  • Grab far foot, push knee down, hips out ·
  • Under leg, grab cradle ·
  • Break grabbed leg grip, grab feet, hips down and flip ·
  • Opponent has leg in with feet locked, turn towards, pull knee up, catch double/wizzer
  • Opponent has leg in with feet locked, turn towards, grab arm, pull under, catch waist

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