Monday night’s client seventh hour of her current MMA course added in another element with the full inclusion of her fellow isolation inmate! It is always great to train a couple as we can do a lot more using two people and I took full advantage by going through stand-up to clinch combinations.
The lesson began with a warm-up of simple dynamic stretches and sport-specific callisthenics. We then eased our way through some simple stand-up combinations before they brought out the focus mitts. Here we dedicated a lot of the class to getting the set up for a double-leg takedown right. The jab/low jab combination is a great way to teach this combination. The drop down position for both the double-leg and the low jab are comparable. The use of the low jab transition sets the bar for the speed needed. Like kicks, takedowns are markedly slower than punches and need a degree of camouflaging. An MMA fighter should aim to be able to drop and shoot in a way that is close to the speed he or she drops to throw a body shot.
We drilled both the full double-leg technique that involves putting the knee on the ground past the opponent’s feet and lifting to pass the legs into a side-control pin and the straight spear where the fighter ends up in the opponent’s guard. We also looked at the MMA variation involving not putting the knee on the mat but simply lunging through the opponent’s legs. A key point to remember is forward footwork being used immediately after the high jab. The low jab might also need some forward movement after the first punch has landed but the double-leg requires the fighter to be very close to the opponent.
This technique was followed by its natural counter, the sprawl. Here also went through the application and gradually tested its effectiveness against the double-leg takedown.