DOUBLE &SINGLE LEG
They are the two takedowns easiest to teach and are often the easiest to retain late in the third round when all your mental abilities are focused on keeping your hands up and winning the fight.
By themselves, either take down can be easily telegraphed and easy to spot by your opponent, however, these two takedowns are also regularly combined with other combinations and techniques making them the most adaptable and reliable of the takedowns.
Both takedowns can be game changers if performed well and at the right moment. There have been countless fights where a fighter was down by two rounds with only one to go and a double changed the momentum of the fight, pulling out a victory where defeat was almost certain.
Not much of a wrestler or still working on your takedown game? At the very minimum, you should know how to sprawl. The most common and quickest defense against most takedowns, the sprawl is a very basic defense that can be drilled over and over again.
Sprawling is very easy to learn but is highly effective for not only for beginners but advanced fighters as well. Any veteran in the UFC incorporates sprawling in most if not all of their grappling workouts. Fighters facing a wrestler or a BJJ practitioner focus on takedown defense, the basis of which is the sprawl.
JAB, CROSS, HOOK PUNCH COMBINATION
Every fight and every round starts on the feet. The days of being able to wrestle your opponent to the ground and lay on top of them to win the fight are gone. To get the takedown you’re going to have to throw at least one punch and even that most likely won’t be enough.
The jab, cross, hook combo is one of the easiest to learn and is the basis for striking together longer, more complicated combos involving knees, kicks, and elbows. The jab is meant to find your distance to your opponent, making sure you can make contact with your cross later in the combo.
From this combo, you can add elbows and uppercuts, or extend the combo and finish with a kick to the body when your opponent raises their hands to block.
Most of us have seen enough fights, grappling matches, or YouTube videos to know the most basic BJJ move is the guard.The guard is the fundamental position in BJJ with most submissions first being taught from this position. The idea behind BJJ is self-defense in a street fight.
Guard is important to understand in terms of defense against punches but also to turn the momentum of your opponent into a submission attempt. When in guard you are at a disadvantage because you are below your opponent and only have so much control.
SLIPS & KICK CHECKING
Head movement when boxing is one of the most important forms of defense aside from covering up. The downside to covering up is your lack of vision while moving your head and slipping punches allows you to keep your eyes on your opponent while avoiding a strike.
Slipping has the added benefit of frustrating your opponent and forcing him to use energy inefficiently. When you make your opponent miss, the power he put into that punch is now gone with little or no impact depending on how fast you slip. The more they miss, the more frustrated they get, and the more it will have an effect later in the fight.
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