Tuesday night’s lesson was the third hour of my client’s my Basic Course on Clinch/Stand-up Grappling for Martial Arts Cross Training. In addition to revising previous material we moved onto low-level takedowns, spotlighting the double-leg takedown.
We warmed up with Indian press-up and Indian squats. These are great callisthenics and forms of dynamic stretching that are heavily utilised in Indian wrestling. We then moved onto combined break falls and rolls. This was followed with bulling, working the collar and elbow tie, and then under-hook pummelling. We then drilled two-on-one arm drags, major outer reap throw, waist-lock pickups and front waist-lock takedowns.
We then spent some time getting into position to shoot for a double-leg takedown. This is crucial to get the takedown right. Firstly, the fighter needs to drop levels effectively. Then they need to drive forward to ensure maximum penetration with the technique. Traditionally the lead knee touches the ground when connecting with the opponent. Despite many fighters, especially in MMA, not putting their knee down but driving it forward with the foot planted, I always teach the knee down version first and drill it regularly. This is to ensure the shoot is effective and not partial in anyway. There are two basic ways to perform this move. One is more preferred by MMA fighters and involves spearing the opponent straight onto their backs with the fighter landing in guard. The other is used both in wrestling and is popular in submission grappling. This one involves clearing the legs and landing in side control.