Takedown Defence, Counters and Escapes (diary entry)

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This morning was the penultimate lesson of my client’s proposed 10 hour course. We looked more at combining ranges of takedown attack as well as takedown defence and escapes. This began with a series of callisthenic and mobility exercises, before we began some partner grip-work. This consists of “bulling” – necktie exercises – which progressed onto one-for-one grip attacks and escapes. We then moved this up into grip-fighting sparring. Next we moved onto over-hook/under-hook pummelling before drilling taking the back and countering arm-drags. This progressed into takedown entries using the under-hooks – front and back supplexes, single-arm shoulder throws, front and back waist-lock takedowns.


Next we looked at setting up for sweeps and low-line takedowns. This mainly revolved around feigning high and attacking low thus combining ranges. The arm-drag set-up for a double or single leg takedown is an excellent demonstration of this combination. The opponent instinctively pulls back from the arm-drag, which sends him in the right direction for the double or single leg. By using the necktie set-up of pushing and pulling, a sweep can also be timed. In this instance we looked at the major inner reap and also a possible follow-up with the single leg takedown. We tested a lot of this with some more sparring, focusing on sweeps.


The final part of the lesson looked sprawling and the sit-through/sit-out. We looked at countering the double-leg with a sprawl to take the back. This was then followed with a counter to the sprawl via a sit-through/sit-out. By going through the technique we looked at three possible responses – turtling submission grappling style, single-hip sprawling wrestling-style and maintaining the double under-hook. In the first instance, the sit-through takes the fighter around to the back position. In the second instance, the nearside arm is under-hooked and the fighter levers his opponent onto his and into side control. In the final instance, the fighter turns to the head of the opponent and breaks the hold.

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