Single and Double Leg Takedown are two types of grappling in Mixed Martial Arts, that involves taking the opponent down by losing his balance. Takedown, or grappling, is quite similar to shooting because the practitioner has to define his throws by stand-up grappling and wrestling. Takedowns have a lot of components, such as the Single and Double Leg Takedowns, Leg Trip, and Duckunder.

What is the Single Leg Takedown?

The Single Leg Takedown, or commonly called as the Single Leg and Single Shot, which involves grabbing the opponent’s legs and forcefully pull down the opponent to the ground. Most of the time, the practitioner has to pull the lower part of the opponent’s leg downward, while pressing his torso against the opponent’s upper part of the leg. When executing this technique, the player has to be careful because it can be easily countered with other techniques, such as sprawling and hooking. In 2010, this technique was being taken down by the International Judo Federation, but can still be used when the player has combined this technique with other techniques.

What is the Double Leg Takedown?

On the other hand, the Double Leg Takedown is grabbing the opponent’s legs and arms, as the practitioner keeps the opponent closer to his chest. Double Leg Takedown can be combined with lifting and slamming, while the opponent can counter it with a single leg takedown by striking and sprawling. Just as the same with the Single Leg Takedown, this technique can also be easily countered with Guillotine Chone.

Other Types of Takedowns

The Leg Trip is one of the most common takedown techniques, where the practitioner used his leg to trip or cause an off-balance to the opponent. Leg trips are often the pre-requisite to proceed to other complex techniques. The Duckunder is another kind of takedown, where the player pulls the opponent’s elbow away from his body while ducking his head under the opponent’s arm. This technique can often be effective in lifting and leg trips. Lastly, the Fireman’s Carry is a technique that resembles how the fireman carries the injured victim out of the fire. The practitioner should pull the opponent’s elbow forward as his head goes under the opponent’s arm. At the same time, it’s about grabbing the opponent’s thigh and lifts him.

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