Fundamentals Class 09/05/13


After a brief warm up to loosen the joints, we got right to work, beginning with a review of the previous weeks’ techniques – in the form of variations of the backward takedown/tripping. We reviewed 5 variants, mostly varying in terms of applied grip (which also affects distance, btw.)

  • Collar and elbow (dropping weight on leg)
  • underhook on far side from leg being attacked
  • using an uchikomi (drawing weight up and forward)
  • arms doubled on the outside
  • advancing.

For the last one to be done with the companion advancing, it should be understood that the timing for the others was while retreating.

After about 15 minutes of review, we moved to “close” inside leg trips. By close, I mean using the near leg. I classify this as an “inside” takedown, and it results in the partner falling backwards. There are two mechanics that can be used, the sweep and the reap or trip, and I chose to focus on the latter. I am also trying to give a progression of techniques from outside to inside, which can then be used in conjunction with and to counter one another, as follow-ups to failed techniques, etc.

In terms of mechanics, since we are attacking a leg, we need to move the weight to it. Depending on the grip employed, this differs in method, but the principle remains the same. You must also push somewhat up and back, across the line of weakness towards the partner’s balance point between his legs. Step in, lowering your body (I described it as a sort of short lunge with the leg doing the trip), insert your leg behind your partner’s, and both lift/lever the leg and knee. Your partner, if all goes well, should fall back. Given the nature of the takedown, you may very well find yourself going down as well – learn to do so with control, since weapons will change the nature of this takedown.

We practised it from what amounts to two different grips – collar and elbow and an underhook on either side. Next week should see the introduction of an overhook and/or a belt grip, perhaps even some doubled-up grips.

To recap, salient points:

  • Break structure
  • Place weight on leg being attacked
  • Move across line of weakness
  • Lower your body as you step in
  • Remove the leg, using a circular motion, taking your partner to the ground

More wrestling goodness next week, where we’ll review and work combinations in response to our partner’s movement. And perhaps a little antagonistic play.