How to Perform the German Suplex in Wrestling

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The German suplex lands with a satisfying thud followed by thunderous applause. It may be the most exciting move in wrestling. Performed by professional and sport wrestlers, the German suplex, otherwise known as the belly-to-back throw, has you slam your opponent over your head backward. The opportunity to perform the throw doesn't come around very often, but when it does, it's devastating to your foe and exhilarating for the crowd.

Stand directly behind your opponent. Wrap your arms around her midsection; above her hips and below her rib cage.

Secure your opponent using a butterfly lock. Wrap your left hand up and over your right forearm, grabbing across the forearm with your entire palm. Slide your right hand along the bottom edge of your left forearm and grasp the forearm as close to your left elbow as possible.

Lift your opponent off the ground. Bend your knees to lower you hips below your opponent's rear end. Thrust your hips up into his body and lean back while maintaining a solid butterfly lock.

Set your hips for stability and power. Imagine you are sitting into a chair behind you as you lose your balance falling backward, lowering your hips and rear end into a deep squat.

Arch your back forcefully as your thighs become parallel with the ground. Simultaneously raise your butterfly-locked arms up and over your head while pushing off the mat using the balls of your feet and toes. Your goal is to make your opponent's back land before your shoulders.

Finish in a neck bridge or back arch position. Continue to thrust your hips and arch your back until you cannot continue any further. Your opponent will absorb the impact, landing on her neck, shoulders or head.


Strengthen your hip thrusting ability with Olympic-style lifts, such as the dead lift.

If you are not awarded a fall by the referee when your opponent's shoulders hit the ground, push through your heels to get top position after completing the suplex.


Do not stop during the throw or rest your opponent's body weight on your neck or face. This may lead to you landing first, absorbing the impact of the fall and your opponent's body weight..