Double leg takedown is probably the most utilized and high percentage takedown in MMA. And it is not only used in that sport, but also in many others like freestyle wrestling, BJJ, grappling, sambo, sanshou…etc.
First lets look at the key principles needed to execute a double leg takedown. First you need to be within arms reach before shooting in. Any farther and its telegraphed to the point that even a boxer can sprawl out of it. Second, you need a level change where your going lower then your opponents mid section, but with good straight aligned posture. This means not making your back look like it has a camels hump. Third, you need a deep penetration step where your foot steps between your opponents feet. Way to often the penetration step is far to shallow. Once you get to this point the variations start to kick off.
The Double Leg is great at all levels of competition. In this video, we cover 9 setups for the Double Leg takedown. This breakdown style is short and quick to the point.
Learn how to wrestle in the gi from one of BJJ’s most successful champions ever, Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida.
Buchecha explains his concepts around how to read his opponents and choosing which takedown is best, how he breaks stubborn grips, and how even much smaller fighters can still find success by focusing on these fundamentals.