MMA 101

This month, five-time Mundials Champion and four-time ADCC Champion Marcelo Garcia shows us two ways to counter the single-leg shot.

This is a two-part technique that can be used when your opponent shoots a single-leg or grabs one during grappling and stands up. The key is to pressure his head and drive your weight forward to disrupt his transition to the takedown, which will allow you to either kick your leg free or lock in a tight guillotine.

KICK FREE ESCAPE

1) My opponent has a single-leg, so I pressure his head down with both of my hands.

2) Once I create some space, I turn my body away from him, while continuing to pressure his head with my right hand.

3) I snake my right leg through his grip to free my knee.

4) I kick toward the ground and free my leg.

DEFEND WITH GUILLOTINE

1) My opponent has a single-leg, so I pressure his head down with both of my hands.

2) As my opponent fights the head pressure, I slip my hands off and wedge the inside of my right wrist underneath his throat.

3) I bring my left arm over his head and lock the grip with my left hand clasping my right wrist. While pinching my elbows tight, I use the downward pressure of my stomach and chest to try to finish with a standing guillotine

4) My opponent is able to finish the takedown, but I still have my grip locked.

5) I pull my opponent’s head into my right armpit and bring my left leg over his right shoulder to block his arm.

6) I lay to my right hip and apply pressure to the choke, forcing my opponent to tap.

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