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.

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