Technique Thursday: Duck Under to Lift

I once attended a no time limit tournament in which the person running the show stood in front of everyone at the rules meeting and said, “Well, since there aren’t any points, I don’t know why you would go for a takedown.” It was enough to make me want to scream. The takedown is one of the most important aspects of grappling. Without it, we enter the realm of double-guard pulls.

Because i believe in the takedown so much, I make it the subject of many of the Thursday videos I share. Today is no different. This one comes from Cary Kolat, a well-decorated wrestler who coaches at Campbell University and runs This takedown comes off of a duck under, a basic, yet solid technique. Give it a watch and see what you can make happen with it.



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