Saturday, 22 August 2009

Defending the Takedown - Double Underhooks

A while back a video was posted demonstrating a clinch escape by Murilo “Ninja” Rua and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. These two brothers are excellent MMA fighters with plenty of experience and there videos are testimony to this. Today another video of theirs has been posted which I feel is critical for anyone interested in clinch fighting or grappling.

This video demonstrates the basic but probably most important aspects to remember when defending double underhook takedown attacks.

Getting your hips away from your opponents is top priority. Judo fighters, wrestlers or anyone who practises throws regularly will know that the closer you are to your opponent the more leverage you can obtain and the easier a throw or takedown is. With a space between you and your opponent, it is very hard for them to take you down. Also the simple way to break a double under hook hold as demonstrated in the video has proven to be effective time and time again. It leaves one free and in a good position to either clinch back there opponent, strike or execute a takedown. Enjoy.


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