Knee to Singleleg Defense

As you probably know by now, it's much easier to defend against a single-leg takedown than a double-leg takedown, so whenever possible you want to avoid having to defend against the double. With this in mind, your best bet for landing a strike as an opponent shoots in without compromising too much is to throw a knee with your lead leg. If your timing is dead on, you might get the knockout, but if it doesn't land flush and your opponent scoops up your lead leg, all you have to defend is the single-leg takedown. Once you throw that knee a couple of times, your opponent will become a lot more hesitant to shoot in, and this not only makes his takedowns easier to block, but also easier to see coming. However, landing the front knee requires perfect timing, and timing can only come about through lots of practice. A good drill is to put on a massive kneepad and have one of your training partner throw on a helmet. Start by having your training partner shoot in at a very slow speed, but once you become comfortable throwing your front knee, pick the pace up until you're going at full speed. After you get good with this technique, you'll want to use it in a fight, but unless you want to get put on your back, you must always remember that your first priority is defending against the takedown. Unless you have an extreme amount of confidence in your ability to block the single-leg, sprawling and catching your opponent underneath you is always a better option.

I'm in a standard fighting stance, squared off The instant I see Paco drop his level and My left knee collides with Paco's chin, with Paco in the pocket. shoot in for a double-leg takedown, I lift my left knee toward his face and drive my hips forward.

I'm in a standard fighting stance, squared off The instant I see Paco drop his level and My left knee collides with Paco's chin, with Paco in the pocket. shoot in for a double-leg takedown, I lift my left knee toward his face and drive my hips forward.

Stunned but not knocked out, Paco wraps up my As soon as Paco traps my left leg, I im-

left leg before I can pull it back to the ground. Although I have avoided the double-leg takedown, I now have to defend the single-leg takedown.

mediately eliminate much of his control by maneuvering my head to the left side of his head. From here I will work to take Paco down with a counter or work to free my leg by driving punches into his face (p. 86).

Stunned but not knocked out, Paco wraps up my As soon as Paco traps my left leg, I im-

left leg before I can pull it back to the ground. Although I have avoided the double-leg takedown, I now have to defend the single-leg takedown.

mediately eliminate much of his control by maneuvering my head to the left side of his head. From here I will work to take Paco down with a counter or work to free my leg by driving punches into his face (p. 86).

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