Friday, November 28, 2014

Countering the Double Leg with a Sitout and Switch

Here's a simple position counter for if all else fails and the takedown succeeds, should ideally give you the back or the disengage if that's what your gameplan is. Check it out, as always like-share-subscribe to original poster.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Double Leg Take Down Counter: Guillotine & triangle

Here's what all the jiu-jitsu guys and gals have been waiting for, some submission counters to the double leg takedown.  First the most obvious, the guillotine, and a setup in case the guillotine counter fails. Check it out and don't forget to check out other videos by the original poster.

Oh I almost forgot, Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Double Leg Takedown Counter Throw

Creative double leg takedown counter throw.  Starts out later than you ideally want to defend a takedown, the opponent is already penetrated through the mid-range and is already into a takedown. It's already too late to sprawl, think of this as a last ditch counter.

EDIT: Additional Technique 

Just came across this double leg takedown counter throw, it's similar in concept to the previous throw, however this is more ideal as the reaction comes before the opponent has penetrated your defensive range. Don't forget to check out the original posters, like/subscribe/share ect

Monday, November 17, 2014

MMA Takedowns

Difference in double leg takedowns, the basic shot vs the lower shot that is more effective for wrestling (i.e. lower levels and no striking) also not recommended because of the energy required to perform the shot each time. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Dan Gable - Leg double Attacks

Dan Gable goes over the double leg takedown, keep in mind these setups are for wrestling, so you have to adapt them for mma, aka protect yourself, watch for knees and initiate with striking.  The form and posture are correct for getting the takedown no matter the setting, ie. grappling, mma, or wrestling. Pay close attention to the posture and level change as well as the multiple setup attempts before the actual takedown attempt. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Countering Double & Sprawl Defenses | MMA Fighting

Double leg takedown defense, an advanced sprawl technique in addition to a crossface to help disrupt the posture of the practitioner in order to shut down the takedown. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Double Leg Takedown

Some perspective as well as technique work, thinking of a double leg as similar to a jab. Seeing it as a weapon, but also as a tool to set up other techniques. Good points also about posture, changing levels when you're attempting a lift in order to get the practitioner's hips and legs engaged instead of the back and arms, which relies too much on strength rather than technique. remember to like and subscribe the the OP.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Tito Ortiz - Double Leg Takedown and Finishes

A couple variations on the double leg, by the Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz. The first is an outside variation with built in technique to avoid the opponent's guard. The second variation is a head outside, double leg (the opponent sprawls then turn the corner) that lands the practitioner in back mount, which is advantageous for obvious reasons.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Finish the Double Leg takedown

Pay close attention to the posture here, as with the single leg it is essential to finishing the takedown.  Also just as in the single the head stays high and in tight, in this case the chest stays tight to the opponent's body, cutting off mobility and isolating the hip movement and often forcing the takedown. In these two variations, the practitioner changes directions to finish. Remember to like and subscribe to the OP.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Initiating the Double leg takedown

This will be our first in a series of videos covering an overview of the double leg takedown.  You'll notice that initiating the double leg is almost identical to initiating the single leg, except that the opponent is in the same stance as the practitioner, whereas the single leg requires the opposite stance. Notice that there is still a strong emphasis on posture, but the technique is adjusted to the body position of the double leg.  

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Advanced Single Leg Counter | MMA Fighting

I was rounding up video training for the double leg series that's forthcoming, I came across this pretty awesome couple single leg counters.  Remember they follow our same principles, i.e. break the posture, dictate where the fight goes, or in this case turn defense into a counter submission.  Don't forget to check out the OP like / subscribe / etc. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

MMA Live Extra: Top 5 Wrestlers plus Single leg overview

Okay, let's do a quick review of the single leg takedown.  To initiate the single leg takedown we can strike, counter low kicks, flow from the clinch, or simply fake high and shoot.  In order to secure the single leg we have to pay close attention to our technique, particularly posture, we want to keep the head high, driving into the chest of the opponent, keeping the leg immobilized usually by locking the hands together.  Finishing the single leg requires one of three tactics, driving, lifting, or dumping. Also if one of these options isn't working or our opponent is defending well, we simply rotate to another, i.e. opponent is defending the drive by hopping back, we switch to a dump.  

In order to defend a single leg takedown it's important to be aware of your opponent's attack, the easiest defense is range control, if you're out of range the single leg can't be secured in the first place. When you fail to control the range it becomes necessary to move to the next resort, this is another area where knowing the techniques for finishing the takedown becomes important. When you know that posture is important to finish, you realize that when defending breaking the posture is essential to avoiding the takedown, and in doing such you can more easily dictate where the fight goes, or impose your will as Couture would say. Also we know that once the posture is broken we can use the opponent's position against them, especially if they continue to persist after their posture is compromised.

Take a look at the video, there are some excellent techniques that we covered being executed in top-level competition.  Any questions or comments are welcome.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Drawing a Low Lead Leg Kick, for a Soft Catch, + Take down.

Here's another way to initiate the single leg, from a low kick catch counter, this specific technique video assumes the takedown and follows all the way to far-side armbar.  All other finishing techniques can be substituted in the event the initial counter doesn't result in the takedown, i.e no matter the method of initiating the single leg, you allways fall back to: proper posture, immobilize the leg, then drivedump, or lift finish.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Dave Camarillo: Single-Leg Defense to Flying Triangle

Here's a more aggressive defense to the single leg, a counter flying triangle!  Notice there is incorrect posture on the part of the opponent, his head is low not pressed into the chest as it should be. However, the posture break is the same as the other defenses, the head must be cleared first before leading into the counter offensive flying triangle. In this case Dave is suggesting that this counter works best when the opponent is driving, although I suspect it could also be adapted to work with the lift finish as well. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Single Leg Takedown Defense - MMA Surge, Episode 51

More single leg defense, Andrew Montanez makes a point of breaking the posture, same as the defenses shown by Anderson Silva. The initial manipulation is similar, but the options for countering and escaping are different. In this case -- shows a few options, initially a simple escape, secondly striking options, and third reversing the takedown attempt to take a dominant ground position, culminating in a submission.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Anderson Silva: Takedown Defense (Single Leg Counters)

Here is the Spider's take on defending single leg takedowns, mostly counter throws.  Each of these techniques begin with disruption of the opponent's posture, starting with head placement. Finishing a single leg is dependent on maintaining proper posture and technique, therefore manipulating their posture (especially head / neck posture) makes it more difficult for the opponent to complete the takedown. This gives the practitioner a chance at escape, defense or a counter attack, in this case a series of throws.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Single leg takedown finish for BJJ

Here is another option for finishing the single leg. I skipped to the meat (0.40), if you're a gi competitor however you may wish to watch the beginning for the grip setup (my first thought was to substitute the initiating the single leg for the setup, but practitioners may simply use an arm drag setup).

Remember as with most techniques the danger comes in the transition, with the kick over the practitioner's balance is conditional, so it has to be done quickly, accurately, and with two points of contact so as to minimize the danger.

With respect to the earlier post (Wrestling For MMA: Single Leg Takedown 101
), which finish does this fall under? dump, lift or drive?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Marcelo Garcia training takedowns with Johny Hendricks

After going over some theory I want you to see some effective single leg takedown work in live training, take note of how often the single leg presents itself and the ways Hendricks is able to finish it.  I intend to show some sigle leg takedown action from real fights, if possible (those darn copyright laws) Stay tuned. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Wrestling For MMA: Single Leg Takedown 101

This could / should have been the first video covering the single leg takedown.  Team Quest coach Matt Lindland shows how to finish the single leg take down for MMA with three basic rules: DUMP, LIFT & DRIVE.  While also going over some of the most commonly made mistakes. 

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Tree top takedowns Part II: Defense

When being attacked with a single leg, and your opponent transitions to a treetop takedown, there is a momentary lack of two 'points of contact' (more on that on a later date) during the transition giving you an opening to escape or counter in this particular video I believe number three is the most practical, and poses the least risk to the practitioner. But all are viable escape / counter options. Be sure to like the video and subscribe FlowAthletics on youtube for more.  More to come regarding finishing the single leg & counters.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Treetop Takedown Part I: Offensive

There are several visitations on how to finish a single leg takedown, this video goes over a 'treetop' finish. If you are unfamiliar with a treetop it is when the opponent's leg is brought above the level of the hips and the opponent is unbalanced resulting in a takedown.  This video teaches a reverse of direction to upend the opponent to finish, there are other variations ass well including reaping or sweeping the opposite leg.  Enjoy the video and like subscribe the the creator on youtube. Stay tuned for some counters to the tree top.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Initiating the single leg takedown: Dan Henderson

In mixed martial arts one of the most common takedown opportunities comes in the form of the single leg takedown. Here Hendo demonstrates a one-two combination to a single leg with a 'running the pipe' finish. Stay tuned for other ways to finish the single leg + counters.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Instituting Series

For a while I've been updating on a semi-regular basis throwing random technique videos out on an occasional Thursday. Which is not extremely helpful to those seeking to learn about mixed martial arts. Instead of continuing with such a sporadic schedule I'm going to attempt to start covering topics in a more organized fashion. First off I'm planning on creating series, sets of informative articles with accompanying video or other resources that will systematically cover most aspects of mixed martial arts topics, I'm planning on starting this with a series on takedowns (a good a place as any I presume).  Hopefully this will create a more complete coverage on my part, and be more helpful to readers. There will of course be occasional off topic or current events posts as needed or perhaps whenever I feel the need. Please let me know what you think, and feel free to make suggestions, comment or ask questions.  Thanks for reading -Joel

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Tech Thurs!

Wanderlei Silva Technique
Kneeing the Face from the Clinch
MMA / Muay Thai

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Anderson Silva Says “Estou voltando” (“I’m coming back”)

After Anderson Silva broke his leg in a December 2013 rematch against champion Chris Weidman speculation ran rampant that it would signal the end of his career.  And it wasn't just empty talk, Silva has been fighting professionally since 1997, with over 15 years of experience there was talk of Silva retiring prior to his first with Weidman in July 2013.  Speculation circulated that after so many title defenses Silva had lost his drive to win, some even claimed that he had become bored with the UFC.  The Roy Jones Jr. boxing match that Silva had been putting out into the media only fueled the sentiment.  Then in December when Silva again stepped into the ring with Weidman, fans and annalists alike were shocked when Silva lost for the second time in his UFC career, but this time by a devastating injury.  The video quickly went viral, but as sensational  as the break was, it isn't a career killer, the recovery for this type of injury is actually shorter than it would be for an ACL tear for example.  I personally though Silva would choose to retire after simply because he no longer needed to prove anything, he doesn't need the money, I assumed he would transition to training fighters (read winners) to fight.  But based on recent interviews and videos Anderson has posted, he plans on returning in 2015.  UFC President Dana White however predicted a possible early return on UFC Tonight, it remains to be seen how and where Anderson will choose to return.