Finishing a Double Leg Shot From Underneath a Sprawled Opponent

This is tricky, mainly because it’s very difficult to ‘feel’ what ‘hooks’ and holds your opponent has secured – something which comes with experience.

Don’t shoot and then turtle up if you don’t secure the takedown straight away.

I tend to shoot and anticipate the sprawl and immediately look to reach over and around the underhook. Unfortunately I can’t find a video to demonstrate this:

Shoot and immediately base on your right hand
Rotate clockwise and throw left hand over opponent’s right arm – rotate and go to his back.
– This only works if opponent has an underhook, or really loose overhook on your left armpit/arm.

It looks a bit like this (see the video not the preview image):


And like this, but ideally you won’t have to stand up:

– If he doesn’t have underhooks, but is sprawling hard, try and secure a leg with one hand
– Post with the other and rotate towards the leg
– Hook leg with your foot


From the over under position, you can try and do the same -reach over and around the underhook,

The Danger with the reach-over counter to the underhook, is that he will try and flip you with the underhook – so be ready to drop your weight on it instead.

  • You can trap the¬†underhook, drop your weight towards it and rotate the opposite way:


If you have a hold of one of the legs:

If you grab the foot in between his legs, rather than to the side, then rotate the opposite way – taking your bum towards the free leg so that your pulling his feet together

If you catch the outside leg, as in the video above, but can’t finish,¬†pull the leg through the middle and rotate the opposite way

If he sprawl with no hooks, capture his arms by sinking your elbows right back, then sit through


I thought this was a nice takedown:


Finally, if it’s BJJ or MMA and you feel any forearm pressure around your throat, you have to fight like mad to pull it off your throat and sneak a hand inside.
Definitely know how to defend the guillotine and the reverse rear naked choke:

I have no idea how to defend this once it is locked in – just don’t ‘pause’ and think in the turtle position after a shot, rotate, knee slide, or get out of there – don’t wait for him to choke you or take your back!

About Drew

MMA, Fitness & Marketing enthusiast from North Wales, UK. A Stoic Hippy with no hair. Not to boast but - 1st Class Degree in Sports Science from Loughborough, MSc in Nutrition from the University of Liverpool. 20 years experience of weight & fitness training.
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