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Defending The Double Leg Take Down For BJJ

Defending The Double Leg Take Down For BJJ


The Double Leg Take Down Can Be Frustrating To Deal With, But With A Couple Simple Techniques Your Ability To Defend Against It Will Greatly Improve

If you have ever been against a good grappler, especially an experienced wrestler, who knows how to shoot for a double leg take down then you know just how frustrating it can be to deal with. There are many different approaches to the double leg take down but most of them result in a bad situation when you hit the mats. Typically you will find that a good double leg take down results in immediately having your legs captured leaving you no chance to establish guard, allowing your opponent to quickly move to mount or side control. But with some simple techniques you can prevent the double leg take down and even counter with your own submission! Let’s find out how.

If you've ever had the opportunity to go with a top jiu jitsu fighter or judo player, their grips are insane. It's like once they get a hold of you, you ain't going ANYWHERE.


How To Defend The Double Leg Takedown by 3x ALL AMERICAN Hudson Taylor

Hudson Taylor is the founder and executive director of Athlete Ally, a former wrestling coach at Columbia University and a prominent straight ally and civil rights activist of LGBT rights. As a three time All American wrestler at the University of Maryland, he was ranked 2nd in the country heading into his senior season. Watch the video below and then we will break down Hudson Taylor double leg take down defense technique. Check it out now!

When your opponent is looking for a double leg take down, Hudson Taylor recommends that your first option is to stop his momentum. As your training partner comes in to you, you want to hip check and come over with a cross face to turn his head inside. This means that you are no longer fighting both of his arms. From here you want to sprawl and cover his hips with your head. Typically the reaction after you sprawl is to go for a seat belt grip under your training partner’s stomach, pushing his head down and tipping him over. Now you have the ability to finish directly in side control. When you tip your training partner over you should block his body with your knee. Once he comes over, make sure you post to get some height. As soon he has lands switch your leg over into side control.

Double Leg Defense With Reverse Triangle From Judo Olympic Medalist Travis Stevens

Travis Stevens is considered to be one of the most successful American Judo Athletes in the history of martial arts. His list of accolades is long. In 2016, Stevens won the Silver medal at the Summer Olympics. He has continued the Judo tradition of his coach, Jim Pedro, who himself was an Olympic competitor. Travis Stevens has also won the prestigious Pan American games twice and has also been a National Champion on three separate occasions. In the video below, Travis Stevens shows a reverse triangle to  counter the double leg takedown. Watch the video and then we will break down the technique. Check it out now!

Travis Stevens starts from top turtle position. His opponent shoots for the double and he stays up and over the top of the shoulder, getting lifted off the ground. As his opponent dumps him to the side he maintains contact with his back and pulls the opponent into him as his right leg goes underneath. With his other leg free he reaches up, grabs his own ankle and then locks up the reverse triangle and attacks the leg looking for a submission. Notice the big back step Travis takes to change his angle when his opponent dumps him. He is not just stepping back; he is reaching as far as he can before pulling him down into position making it easier to get his leg up and over, connecting it with his ankle.

The double leg can be difficult to defend but it is not impossible. It is worth drilling both of these techniques to understand the flow and timing before you try it in a live roll. If you are looking for more ways to improve your standing game then check out The Judo Academy By Jimmy Pedro and Travis Stevens, available exclusively on Not only will you learn how to defend take downs, but you will also learn how to hit some unstoppable throws, trips, and take downs of your own that will greatly improve your positioning when the fight goes to the ground.

It's no secret that grips are one of the major secrets to improving your jiu jitsu game. If your grips suck, you suck at jiu jitsu... sorry, but it's true. In order to get good grips, you need to train your grip strength. Judo players are known for their gripping patters and strength. Two of the best American Judo Fighters / Coaches: Travis Stevens and Jimmy Pedro share with you the secrets of judo grip fighting for Jiu jitsu.



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