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