Anaconda’s Bite Too (diary entry)



This morning my client began his third general Mixed Martial Art course. We do not have a specific theme at present, but are moving off from concepts covered towards the end of the previous series of lessons. Having worked on the various stand-up guards, we are now training the way the different ranges work together. Today’s training was centred on the double-leg takedown – covering stand-up striking, takedown defence, striking inside the clinch and the anaconda choke.


Our warm up began with specific calisthenics, which then changed to clinch/grappling partner-work – bulling, pummelling, neck-wrestling, arm-drags and arm-drag setups. We then looked at the double-takedown set up. This takedown works best when the opponent moves into a neutral or parallel stance. A typical way to set this up is to power through with lineal techniques. The double-leg takedown comes off the lead leg. There are many ways to get onto the lead leg efficiently, but for the sake of simplicity we used the same set-up as a lead leg round or teep or switch-kick. This works on the opposite side basic combination series found in Muay Thai. As the fighter pulls back from the right cross he transfers his weight back over to the leading side, sending the knee forward into the double leg entry. The setup is also transferrable to the jab/cross/duck combination.


Looking at the defence for this combination, we used the set up for the anaconda choke. This submission appeared to me be an evolution of the guillotine, although I have no way of verifying this assumption. It is a type of arm triangle, which is applied in an inverted fashion with the opponent’s head facing down. The submission can be done from standing or be completed on the ground with an alligator roll. We looked at the striking possibilities from a standing perspective. It sets up the shovel hook very well, which we trained in isolation and then whilst performing the technique. Next we moved onto variant on countering the double leg. Here we used a full sprawl and took the back.


Finally we looked at this situation from the countered takedown. Here the fighter needs to sit out. From the sit-out position we cover the kimura first and then taking the back as two variations on countering the counter.

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