The single leg take down is one of the most effective take downs in grappling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu specifically. The single leg take down is one of the first two take downs you would typically learn along with the double leg. The reason it is so effective is because of the fact, that, like the double leg, it presents itself very often from standing, guard, and many other positions.
One of the biggest advantages to the single leg take down is how much it presents itself. You can set up the single leg take down from standing, from guard, and use it to escape side control. There are many different ways to finish the single leg.
Here are some crucial details to help you finish the single leg every time you shoot for it in training or in competition:
When your opponent is standing in a staggered stance (with 1 leg forward and 1 leg back) you need to:
A) attack the leg that is closest to you, his front leg
B) your stance must be with your front leg same side as his front leg.
You want the shortest distance to the leg that you are attacking.
Your head needs to be positioned on the inside of the opponent’s torso. This is a safer place to not be open for the guillotine choke if your head is positioned on the outside of the opponent’s torso.
In wrestling, guillotine submissions are not allowed so having head outside does not carry the same risk as jiu-jitsu.
Once you have a grip on your opponent’s leg, you must control their leg correctly to prevent their escape. The knees have to be pinched together to trap the opponent’s leg in between your leg before finishing the single leg with a “leg drag” or “running the pipe” as it is known in wrestling.
The single leg takedown will be an incredible asset to add to any Jiu Jitsu player’s arsenal, it is always important to implement some wrestling. Not only is it vital to understand it for a strong offense, but also to be able to defend it.
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