The Body Lock Takedown Is The Easiest Takedown For Self Defense – Here’s How To Do It

The Body Lock Takedown Is The Easiest Takedown For Self Defense – Here’s How To Do It

If you’re interested in self defense, then there’ll rarely ever be the need for you to learn “complicated” takedown setups. Keeping it simple will work for the most part; and the Body Lock Takedown is as simple (and as easy) as it gets.

Tim Kennedy – a BJJ black belt and former UFC fighter, as well as a Green Beret and Special Forces Ranger – demonstrates how to do it.



To get the Body Lock Takedown, you first have to establish double underhooks – close the distance, pummel inside, and get your grip.
However, do not stay square to the other person. As you get the underhooks, shift yourself to their side, and plant the side of your head (your ear, basically) against their chest.

From here, bring your hips close to theirs and start taking their hips out of alignment; by combining the pushing action of your head and the pulling action of your hands.
Then, as the other person starts to fall, it’s imperative that you take your bottom hand out and establish an underhook underneath their shoulder. This is so that you don’t injure it when the two of you fall.

And when you do fall, make sure that it’s in a controllable manner. You don’t want the other person to get concussed – so just get them to the ground and establish Side Control.
Kennedy demonstrates this setup on the video below:

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