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Learning the Single Leg Takedown

The single leg takedown is an offensive technique used by wrestlers of all skill levels. When done quickly, it can put your opponent on their back.

A single leg takedown is a basic takedown where you’re attacking only one of your opponent’s legs and your head will be on the inside of their leg


Remember to be in a good stance when setting up for a single leg takedown. To perform the move:

  • Use a deep penetration step to get your body to your opponent’s leg.

  • Keep your head up, your back straight and your hips in.

  • Hook your arms around your opponent’s leg. Your lock should be behind their knee.

  • Your body should be in a straight line from your shoulder, to your hip, down to your knee. There shouldn’t be any space between your body and your opponent’s body.

  • Use your trail leg to drive you back up to your feet.

Watch the following short video to learn how to take a single leg takedown

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