The Double-Leg Takedown or “Morote Gari” is a powerful attack that can be challenging to defend against. More than just a “rodeo tackle” this technique, when skillfully executed, is fast, precise, and normally utilized by people with combat sports backgrounds which makes them incredibly conditioned and experienced. Normally MMA athletes along with experienced wrestlers and grapplers have utilized this sort of takedown against live resisting opponents hundreds of times in practices making them very proficient with this attack.
In order to defend this type of attack from an extremely experienced opponent our technique execution and timing need to be on point. This series is for the advanced martial artist who is interested in defending against someone with some skill and not just a wildly swinging clueless but violent attacker. Join us in this lesson as we explore several different opportunities in this attack that allow us to employ different types of counter options that will let us keep our feet, regain our feet, or go to the ground on our terms.
The attack itself is delivered by the person changing their level to the the height of their opponents hips, driving forward and through, and blocking the legs so that the receiver can’t compensate for the loss of balance by stepping.
“Shooting” in for a double leg can be done as a stand alone technique or utilised as a part of an attacking combination such as following a jab or “overhand” strike. The ability to hide this movement behind other attacks makes it especially dangerous and difficult to defend against.
With some adjustment and careful timing we can utilize the “Double-Leg” principles in our To-Shin Do martial arts application. In this lesson finishing “Moguri-dori” kata with a “Double-Leg” is provided as an example.
A simple but dangerous (for your partner) defense against a “shot” (someone “shooting” in for a double or single-leg takedown) is to drive your hip into the side of your attackers face as they push in for your legs.
O-Gyaku or the “Big Reversal” is a To-Shin Do takedown that we can utilize to counter a “Double-Leg”.
“Sprawling” or driving your opponent down by attacking them with your hips is a very good response to a tackle or “shot” based takedown. In this lesson we will learn how and when to sprawl and what we can do after the sprawl is executed.
In this lesson we will explore how to apply a “Guillotine” choke to a tackling opponent while staying on your feet and if you are taken down to the ground.
In this lesson we will explore what we can do if we find ourself pushed up against a wall by a powerful tackle attempt.
No matter how hard we train we can be caught off guard. If you find yourself taken down by a “Double-Leg” this lesson will show you how to regain your feet. Hands down, this is one of your most important self defense abilities to develop.