Push Away Takedown Defense to Knee

When an opponent shoots in for a takedown his head obviously drops, and this gives you an opportunity to land a powerful knee to his face. You can catch your opponent with a knee as he reaches for your legs, you can defend his takedown with a sprawl and then land the knee while he is pinned underneath you, or you can avoid the takedown by stepping to the side as you did in the previous technique and then throwing a knee while your opponent is off balance, which is the technique I demonstrate here. I like this technique in particular because when an opponent shoots in he is mentally and physically prepped to collide with your body. When you avoid that collision by pushing off him and stepping to the side, it throws him off balance. You can take advantage of that opening by landing a knee as I do below, but you can also land a punch or go for a takedown. Deciding what to do depends upon your goals in the fight and the techniques you are most proficient with.

I'm squared up with Reagan in a standard stance.

Reagan drops his level and shoots in for a takedown.

I evade the attack by posting my left hand on Reagan's head, stepping my left leg back, and pivoting in a counterclockwise direction on my right foot. Reagan misses his target and is cast off balance as a result.

I take advantage of Reagan's compromised positioning by driving a left knee into his head.

I pushed a stunned Reagan back and prepare to set up my next attack.

I take advantage of Reagan's compromised positioning by driving a left knee into his head.

I pushed a stunned Reagan back and prepare to set up my next attack.

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