Setting up for the Double Leg Shoot (diary entry)

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Monday brought my couple clients’ to the fourth hour of their current course on MMA clinch. We returned to covering eight MMA combinations specifically designed to set up the double-leg takedown. This week we covered combinations two and three. These are described in my previous lesson report from last Thursday. 

Today we broke down different ways strikes can be used to make an opponent vulnerable for the double-leg shoot. Two obvious ways is to make the opponent adopt a shallower stance or a more square/neutral stance.

In the first instance a blitzing attack to the head, especially one that drives an opponent backwards, will make him go to a narrower position. This because such an attack is focused high and is being delivered with the fastest physical weapon: the fists. In order to handle such an onslaught the opponent needs mobility. Whether they are trying to escape to edge or outside of range or if they are repositioning for a counter they need a shallower stance in order to move. Shallower stances are typically less resilient to double-leg shoots than wider ones.

In the second instance, we incorporated retreating and angling off footwork. Typically an opponent will square their stance to either corner off or to reposition against a moving target. Fainting low can also be a good ploy. The opponent will drop back into a Japanese stance (a low neutral stance) to defend against a low line shoot. However, if the combination then transitions to a high attack the opponent is forced to guard high without repositioning their feet, leaving them in a shallow neutral stance: ripe for a double-leg shoot.