Learning Self-Defense Takedowns

Self-Defense Takedowns:  In this video we are going to explore taking a subject’s balance and how to take them to the ground. This is also known as a takedown.  In a fight it may become necessary to takedown a person to the ground to gain control of them.  Takedowns and control holds are very common in law enforcement actions or when you are tasked with providing protection type services. 

The first thing we need to learn is how the body works and how to direct a person’s body into a position that will allow us to take their balance. We need to learn how we can use a subject’s balance and position to our benefit.  We want to learn how to manipulate their balance so we can easily control them and perform a takedown.

There are a lot of areas to explore and study on the topic of takedowns. This video is just a starting point. It can take a very long time to learn how to manipulate a person’s body into a position where you can easily control them.  The goal is to learn how the body works and how to recognize positions of advantage and control. There are two benefits to having this knowledge.

The first is you learn is how to control others and how to move them into a place of disadvantage. The second thing you learn is how to protect yourself from falling into a place of disadvantage.  Learning these two thing will add to your ability to better defend yourself in a self-defense situation and it will add to your tools and knowledge as a fighter.

There are many things to explore and understand when we are studying takedowns, but the two many things to start with and remember are that the body goes where the head goes, and we need to look at the subject’s position and stance.  

The subject’s stance is key and we want to split their stance and take them in a direction that will disrupt their base. This is usually done by splitting the subject’s stance and taking them in a direction of least resistance.  This is very hard to describe, but if done correctly you should be able to take a subject to the ground with little effort. You should not use muscle to accomplish the takedown.  If you need to strain your body to accomplish the takedown, you are not performing the movements correctly.  It takes a long time to master this knowledge and skill, But with time and practice you will find it becomes easier and easier to preform a takedown without effort. Good luck and keep training.