It’s upon us, competitions. You can always tell when it’s that time. There is a certain air about the mat, everyone seems a little sweatier, the warm-ups feel a little more intense, there’s a bit more groaning, and ofcourse, take-downs is amongst us. It’s time to embrace the suck folks.

There is something beautiful, yet awful, about take-downs. When applied correctly, the execution can be the most beautiful thing you see as a spectator, awful feeling you experience as the one being taken down and the euphoria you feel as the one executing is overwhelming. It is however, and exhausting process.

The art of applying a good double or single is still lost on me today, and that is why I work on it consistently. If nothing else, even if I fail to execute it, I can be mentally prepared to respond and recognize when it’s being executed against me. Remember that the success of a take-down can come in two forms, for he who executes it and for he who is able to effectively defend against it.
The Basics of the Double Leg Take Down
First let’s start with the basics of the take-down as Coach Tom Explained it. Below is a brief demonstrating the technique so that you can visualize the process as well. Assuming a normal stand where you each have the same front foot forward – so your opponent has his / her right foot forward and you have your right foot forward (obviously various variations from there exist).

A Quick Summary of the Technique
1. Focus on the entry
. The entry is by far, perhaps, the most important aspect of the technique. With a good stance, you are driving forward on the front leg, driving […]