Countering the Single Leg with an Anaconda Choke
The single leg takedown is an old school wrestling technique that is one of the most commonly employed moves from standing in Jiu Jitsu. The biggest issue with the single leg takedown when used in grappling is the head is usually exposed or can be forced to be so. This makes a lot of attacks like guillotines useful as a defense.
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The guillotine, however, can easily be lost if the attacker is strong or willfully forces the defender to the ground. The guillotine is also less effective as a submission when compared to other submissions that attack the neck. One submission the works really as a defense to a single leg is the anaconda choke. In the video below, you can see how this great submission can be finished.
Although they start this video in a single leg from the ground, which is very common in Jiu Jitsu, it can be attacked just as well from a standing single leg takedown. For example, if someone attacks a single leg from takedown and you can get the correct grips, you can either sprawl or sweep your opponent over and end up in the same position to finish,
An important tip when finishing the anaconda choke is to close the defender’s elbow. This can be done with your legs as done in the video and allows the defender’s shoulder to squeeze their neck, making the finish very tight.
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