Double Legs and Sprawls (diary entry)



The penulimate lesson of this course on the clinch, focused on the double-leg takedown and its defence. I integrated shadowing the double-leg takedown as part of our warm-up going immediately into the execution of the classic version of thsi technique. This involves shooting with the knee to the ground and the head tightly on the side. From here the fighter uses the drive from the ground to break the opponent’s posture, pushing one with their head and lifting the legs. This creates an upending lift, dumping the opponent on their back with their hips cleared for a pin (usually side-control). We then covered the more popular direct takedown that involves putting the side of the head into the opponent’s stomach and pulling back their legs, resulting in the fighter landing in the opponent’s guard. Both versions have their strengths and weaknesses. The strengths of the first include being able to completley pin an opponent. Its main weakness involves the danger presented by putting the head on the outside, inviting a guillotine choke. This is why it is important to keep the head in very tight throughout the execution of the technique. The second’s main strength, besides not having this problem with the head, is the speed the movement can be executed. However, its weakness is that you end up in an opponent’s guard. We then moved onto sprawling and countering with a brief comment on the sit-out counter-move. The lesson finished with a five minute round of sparring.


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