G Sprawl to Standing Option

W There are a few things that you can do to increase your chance of successfully sprawling when your opponent shoots y in for the takedown. The first is to constantly monitor his tendencies. A lot of grapplers who want nothing to do with Q stand-up will work their way into the pocket with a jab or a string of jabs and then take their shot. If you realize your opponent wants to take the fight down, expect each one of his strikes to be followed by a takedown and constantly employ side-to-side movement. A good wrestler can shoot in from outside of striking range, but it becomes much harder for him to aim that shot in the correct direction when you are always moving. If your opponent has excellent "striking to the takedown" combinations, you're going to have your work cut out for you. With such opponents it is often hard to jjg^ side-step and avoid the collision, so you must practice getting your hips flat to the ground to stuff his shot. Once you've H accomplished that, you have several options. If you want the fight standing, you might want to work back to your feet utilizing this technique. If you want the fight on the ground, you will want to secure the top position as I did in the 5 previous technique.

Now that I've stopped Paco's forward momentum with my sprawl, I come up onto my knees. Notice how I still have my left arm hooked over Paco's shoulder. This prevents him from driving in again and attempting to complete the takedown as I rise back to my feet.

Paco has shot in for a takedown and I stuffed his shot by sprawling. My left arm is to the left side of his head, my legs are back, and I'm pressing my weight down on top of him. It is important to notice that the top of my left foot is lying flat on the mat. In addition to allowing my hips to get all the way down to the mat, positioning my foot in this way will also allow my entire body to slide backwards if Paco should continue to drive forward for the takedown. If I were up on the ball of my foot and Paco drove forward, my foot would stick to the mat and my hips would inevitably rise, allowing Paco to complete the takedown.

I continue to work back to my feet by posting my hands and left foot on the mat.

Paco has shot in for a takedown and I stuffed his shot by sprawling. My left arm is to the left side of his head, my legs are back, and I'm pressing my weight down on top of him. It is important to notice that the top of my left foot is lying flat on the mat. In addition to allowing my hips to get all the way down to the mat, positioning my foot in this way will also allow my entire body to slide backwards if Paco should continue to drive forward for the takedown. If I were up on the ball of my foot and Paco drove forward, my foot would stick to the mat and my hips would inevitably rise, allowing Paco to complete the takedown.

Now that I've stopped Paco's forward momentum with my sprawl, I come up onto my knees. Notice how I still have my left arm hooked over Paco's shoulder. This prevents him from driving in again and attempting to complete the takedown as I rise back to my feet.

I continue to work back to my feet by posting my hands and left foot on the mat.

Posting on my left foot, I place my hands on Paco's left shoulder to keep him at bay.

Pushing Paco away with my hands, I come up to my feet.

Posting on my left foot, I place my hands on Paco's left shoulder to keep him at bay.

Pushing Paco away with my hands, I come up to my feet.

I return to my standard stance and search for an opening to launch an attack.

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