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Double Leg Takedowns: Counters and Applications

Double Leg Takedowns

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.


3. Using the Takedown in a Combination

Author: Hardee Hakutoshi Merritt

“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.

5. Hip Strike

Author: Hardee Hakutoshi Merritt

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.

7. Sprawl

Author: Hardee Hakutoshi Merritt

“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.

8. Guillotine

Author: Hardee Hakutoshi Merritt

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.

10. Breakfall

Author: Hardee Hakutoshi Merritt

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.

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