What stands up must go down

The dawn of a new week, the start of a new topic, this time we explore options for taking a person to the ground in the form of a double leg takedown.

Professor addressed us on the target details for the week, starting with tonight’s lesson. Areas he will be covering are the basics with the double leg takedown and ways to enter the mount position.

We started a warm-up consisting of running, side stepping , running backwards, knee lifts and raised heels. We also performed hip escapes and backward rolls, making sure to go over the shoulders. We then did an exercise which involved trying to grab a person’s gi for control whilst trying to protect your own gi. We did this a few times, swapping partners periodically and then the professor added a dynamic which involved performing a takedown by placing a foot on the waist and bringing them down.

We then started the lesson on the double leg takedown. Professor explained that this should be attempted from roughly arms distance from your attacker. Any further back and it can end up being bad for you. We then drop height, place front foot underneath attacker, wrap arms around the legs in a manner to squeeze the legs together, then push forwards from the shoulders and pull back on the arms. This will result in the attacker going down.

We practised this a few times on both sides to reinforce understanding of the mechanics.

At this point, once the attacker is down the next objective is to get side/cross body control. Professor explained the process for doing this, involving trapping a leg and moving both legs to the side of the trapped leg. Then securing the cross body position. 

From here, the professor had 3 different variations for obtaining the mount.

Placing hand on the thigh and guiding foot to meet the hand, to wrap the leg around the thigh and underneath the body to obtain the mount.

If the attacker raises their knee against your side to prevent you obtaining the mount then this variation can help. Place arm against the near side hip, create space for foot to be passed to the hand being used to block the attackers hip, the use hand to guide foot across the attackers body to obtain the mount.

The last variation shown makes use of the leg being used to block your mount attempts. This option involves pushing down on the leg, trapping it then moving your other leg across to obtain the mount.

All three were practised several times with varying levels of success.

This concluded the evenings lesson with the professor explaining importance of connections when performing these techniques and eluding to submission options which will be covered during the week.

My thoughts, some good details and I am also  finding it easier to understand as a lot of the principles are being constantly used. My preferred mount option was definitely the last variation as my long inflexible legs found greater success using it. I noticed people with smaller legs preferred the second variation.

“Tapping out”

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