Basic Stance Attacking the Downed Guard

When striking at a downed opponent, one of the things you need to watch out for is the up-kick to the face. Gaining control of your opponent's legs by grabbing his ankles reduces his ability to land such a blow, but getting a hold of his ankles can be tricky. You never want to simply bend over and reach for them because you will most likely eat a heel to the chin. A better approach is to maintain the stance shown below and work to gain control of his legs. You want to bend your front leg slightly and keep it strong to hinder your opponent from being able to hyperextend your leg with a kick. You also want to lean back to keep your head and torso out of his foot's reach.

I'm standing a few feet away from Paco in my defensive posture, getting ready to close the distance and gain control of his legs.
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