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It’s tournament week, and we all know what a special place wrestling has in my heart. I’ve spent the majority of my life involved with wrestling in one way or another, so I’m always stoked when this time of year rolls around. These tournaments bring back a lot of great memories for me, as they likely do for all that have taken part in them.

For this week’s blog, I’d like to give a brief tip for those that are looking to learn a basic move. I’ve chosen to talk about the basic double leg, and the most common mistake I see people make when trying to execute it.

A double leg takedown is basically when you grab your opponent’s legs by encircling them with your arms and forcing them off balance and down to the mat.

You can use momentum and push them down, you can spear them by using your shoulder to push against them while you yank their legs out from under them or you can lift them a little and power them down in a slam.

One of the most important things to remember is to grab them tightly and make sure you’ve got your chest pressed firmly against them. The least amount of space, the better, because this will allow you to control your opponent better. Also, you want to make sure you’ve got your hands behind their knees so you can yank them out from under them.

The most common mistake I see people doing when trying to execute a double is head placement. Yes, even with something as seemingly simple as this, there are techniques that should be employed to make it as effective as possible, and head placement is important.

Most people don’t turn the corner and drive with their head sideways once they get to the legs; they keep going straight forward, and run the risk of getting caught in a guillotine and/or not finishing the takedown. Once you get to their legs, you’ve got to drive sideways, and use your head to sort of guide them where you want them to go.

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Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Depending on if they’re righty or lefty, you can set this up pretty well with a jab-hook combination or a feint cross. And, you need to have your head on the lead leg side. In other words, if they’re in an orthodox stance, with their left foot forward, you need to have your head on the outside of their left leg when driving in for the takedown. If they are Southpaw, the opposite applies. If you don’t get your head on the correct side, the move is much easier to defend.

If you can follow these simple steps, you will be able to execute your double legs much more smoothly and with greater success. Practice, practice, practice. It might not make ya perfect, but it’ll get ya close.

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