Newer Female Wrestlers, Become An Expert At The Takedown, article

January 15, 2022,

Standing or sitting to begin the engagement?

For a newer female wrestler, you should train in both, in terms of placing yourself in a position of strength to submit your opponent.

Why both?

If you are planning on wrestling in the fully competitive female submission wrestling industry, you will most likely start on your knees.

That’s fine.

The challenge is that there are very few female wrestling companies or events in the United States that are actually fully competitive. Europe in general and Hungary in particular are the Queens of the fully competitive faction as of this writing. photo credit

Therefore, if you desire to wrestle in America, you will most likely enter Jiu-Jitsu styled tournaments and there you start by standing up.

Our suggestion is to learn both techniques and learn them well.

So, standing up, what are the two basic takedowns?

In martial arts and combat sports, a takedown is a technique that involves off-balancing an opponent and bringing her to the ground with the attacker landing on top.

The process of quickly advancing on an opponent and attempting a takedown is known as shooting for a takedown, or simply shooting.

Takedowns are usually distinguished from throws by amplitude and impact, where the purpose of a throw is to outright eliminate the opponent while purpose of a takedown is to bring the opponent down on the ground, assume a dominant position and then proceed to finish them with joint locks, chokeholds or ground and pound.

Takedowns are featured in all forms of wrestling and Judo. photo credit

Time to be specific.

The leg trip is a technique in which the combatant uses her own legs to off-balance an opponent, hence causing the opponent to fall to the ground.

Leg trips are often integrated into more complex takedown techniques, and are also important in many throws. Takedown techniques that are pure leg trips usually involve controlling the body of the opponent, and impeding or destabilizing one or both of the opponent’s legs.

In terms of takedowns, for the beginning wrestler that is step number one.

Next up is the single leg takedown.

The single leg takedown involves grabbing one of the legs of the opponent, usually with both hands, and using the position to force the opponent to the ground.

Typically, the lower part of the leg is pulled in one direction, while the torso or shoulder is used to press the body or upper part of the leg of the opponent in the other direction.

The double leg takedown involves grabbing the opponent with both arms around the opponent’s legs while keeping the chest close to the opponent, and using this position to force the opponent to the ground.

There are several varieties of forcing the opponent to the ground, such as lifting and slamming, or pushing forward with the shoulder while pulling the opponent’s legs.

There you have it.

Those are your basic takedowns.

To go more in depth, we turn attention to an expert with a book on Amazon.

Dynamic Wrestling Takedowns For BJJ by J’Den Cox

“One Of The Best Wrestlers On The Planet Is Now Here With BJJ Fanatics To Show The Fluid, Dynamic, Effective Takedowns That Every BJJ Practitioner Should Have In His Arsenal (and a few sneaky ones you can use to surprise the competition)

  • 2018 World Wrestling Champion J’Den Cox shows the takedown setup systems he uses to get to his best positions and then how to finish the takedown safely for jiu-jitsu, in the best positions possible
  • This new release is available now, a perfect instructional release for anyone who wants to set up takedowns with the same tricks and traps that work at the highest levels of wrestling
  • J’Den Cox is one of the top wrestlers on the planet, and lately every time he hits the mat it is a highlight reel in the making
  • World gold and bronze, an Olympic bronze medal, and 3 NCAA championships! Learn the same moves that have made J’Den an international force with this new release.”

Sounds like a very informative read.

To expand your knowledge on wrestling takedowns, we have a visiting writer with additional suggestions.

Takedowns for Grappling: 3 Keys to Success

By Brandon Ruiz

If you never wrestled before, you may be asking yourself: “What can I do to get better at takedowns and what can I do to get better at my defense from a standing wrestling position?”

First off, you need to develop 1- your neck, 2- leg strength and 3- lower back strength. My recommendation is: start doing deadlifts, do straight leg deadlifts, and also do body weight squats. This will help increase the strength of your lower body, upper back (traps) and neck muscles. You can also use a weighted head strap to improve your neck strength.

2- Get used to bending your legs and lowering your level. This is a problem even for many experienced wrestlers. The biggest reason is because their body is just not conditioned for that specific activity. They may have great conditioning overall, in terms of their ability to not “gas out” but the problem is if your legs aren’t used to bending, they just won’t do it. You’ve got to start doing body weight squats and lunges from every direction imaginable. Do forward lunges, backward lunges, 45-degree angle lunges, sideways lunges. If you’ll start doing this, this will help you lower your level and move better on your feet.

3- Work on your stance. If you’ve already learned how to do a deadlift, or a hang clean, it’s going to be pretty closely related to that. You want to have something that’s going to allow you the ability to respond in an athletic and powerful position. Take a half-squat position, next bring your chest down a little bit closer to your knees but make sure that your shoulder, elbow, and knee are all lined up. Practice this position. Practice moving forward, backward, side to side circling and then develop your shot. The shot is the last piece to the puzzle.

Well, actually I should say, the shot and the sprawl are the last pieces to the puzzle. If you learn the shot without first building the physical base, then you’re going to develop a sloppy shot.

You don’t want to have a sloppy shot, if you shoot a bad shot especially in Grappling, you will get submitted. I can guarantee you that! One of my favorite things to do to people who shoot bad shots is choke them really fast.

How do you develop your shot? You’re going to take your stance and you’re going to learn how to move forward, backward, side-to-side, all the different directions we talked about. Now, while in a stance, lower your level, and step forward as if you’re attacking the legs. If you’re on a mat you can drop to a knee and come up again. If you’re on a hard surface you would want to stay as low as possible without hitting your knee.

I’ve developed my shot this way over the last few years. I don’t have to hit my knee if I don’t need to or if I don’t want to. I prefer not hitting my knee because it means less recovery time from the ground and it also means I’ve got a much better chance to use my power which is in my legs and hips.

Lastly the sprawl, if you ever heard the phrase, “the best defense is a good offense”, I think that applies here. If you’re able to and attack your opponent more often than he’s able to attack you, you’re going to be much better off than having to worry about sprawling or recovering from a shot.

That being said, you do need to develop a good sprawl. Sprawling is basically this, stay in your stance, move all the different directions that we talked about, and you’re just going to drop, (similar to how you would for an updown or burpee). A sprawl is very similar with one caveat. As you do this, you want to throw your legs back and make your hips go down to the floor. You also want to catch yourself with your hands. You don’t want to just end up flat on the ground.

Start working on these exercises and skills and it will help your takedowns and defense in the grappling game. I hope these tips help you on your quest for grappling greatness!

Brandon Ruiz a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt and an international level Greco-Roman wrestler. He is currently working on a project called to help wrestlers and brazilian jiu jitsu fighters improve their grappling.

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