Slick Double Leg Takedown by Ben Askren
The Double Leg Is An Essential Takedown Tool. Learn It here!
The double leg is one of the most popular takedowns used in Jiu Jitsu, wrestling, and MMA. It is extremely powerful and when done correctly, can easily get an opponent to the ground. With the gi, the takedown is very underutilized, mostly because people think that sleeve and lapel grips completely stop it. In No-gi, however, it is probably one of the most commonly utilized wrestling techniques.
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There are a number of ways of attacking the double leg takedown. The most common way of doing so is using a simple penetration step. This is when the aggressor steps in between their opponents’ legs, drives down, and grabs the legs for the finish. Although this is still an excellent way of attacking the double leg, it tends to be more difficult at higher levels because opponents are more aware and ready to defend it.
Because the simple penetration shot to the double leg can be insufficient, it is important to look for different ways to set up this takedown. Fortunately, a lot of people have done the research for us and are using their knowledge to our advantage. One common way of setting up the double leg is using an arm drag, and this works well so long as you can arm drag. Another less common method of setting up the double leg is starting with a single leg. In the following video, Ben Askren demonstrates how to do this technique.
Although Ben describes this technique as a drive across to the double, the drive across itself is more commonly used to set up single legs. When the other leg is within reach is when it would be a good time to transition to the double leg.
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A common mistake a used to make often when I would wrestle is the after setting up the takedown, I would drive my body down for the finish. Because of this, opponents would often sprawl and defend my takedowns fairly easy. A tip I learned to correct this is that after shooting with any form of penetration, you have to drive your body upward and finish the takedown while you are moving up. This small detail improved my wrestling tremendously.