Low Line Takedowns (diary entry)




Tonight’s private lesson on basic stand-up grappling for martial arts cross training brought us up to the 5 ½ hour mark. With this client, I usually schedule the last lesson as the only one hour one in the course, but certain time constraints forced us to adapt. Having worked for the past three lessons mainly on highline and mid-line throws (although not always within Greco-Roman Wrestling rules), we worked mainly on lowline takedowns.


We warmed up with bulling and grip-work, moving onto over-hook/under-hook pummelling. Then we trained various rolls and break-falls before revising the double-leg takedown. The double-leg was trained as solo exercise first before being applied as an entry and then as the full takedown. We focused on the head outside version with a strong emphasis on tucking the head into the side to avoid guillotine chokes in submission fighting.


This presented a good opportunity to re-visit sprawling. Previously this defensive move was trained only as warm-up technique. It is a great sport-specific burpee for grappling and MMA. This time we were looking at it as a direct counter move to the double-leg. We combined it with either a half-nelson into a pin or taking the back.


We then looked at the single leg takedown with three different variations. We began with the classic leg-trap version, which is good for teaching the general entry point for this technique. The head is nearly always on the inside when going for a single leg. I have always liked the single leg because it has a lower risk than a double leg takedown, especially if you are faced with a heavier opponent. Another reason for my bias towards it is that it works well from an offline position. After the classic version we looked at the extremely low-line version that involves shooting low to attack the knee. This was followed by a higher line version. This technique involves a throw or slam, and I also combined an outside reaping sweep to the entry.


This brought us onto sweeps in general, which we trained as freestyle sparring exercise.


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