A Quick Explanation Of Mastery
The Double Leg Takedown
He’s certainly athletic, but there are a bunch of small details he’s doing right. I’ll break it down into set up, shot, and finish.
-Notice how Burroughs closes the distance before he shoots. By the time he takes the first penetration step, his forehead is practically inches away from Geduev. If you shoot from too far away, you risk getting sprawled on and extended.
-Burroughs’ level is slightly lower than Geduev when he shoots. This is key if you don’t want to get your attack headblocked by your opponent.
-Notice Burroughs’ left hand and Geduev’s reaction with his right hand. Geduev’s arm extends so when Burroughs lowers his level, that arm won’t be able to block Burroughs from shooting. As for Geduev’s other arm, Burroughs is so close to Geduev’s lead leg that it doesn’t matter.
-When Burroughs teaches his double leg, in his particular variation (known in the wrestling community as the “blast double”), he shoots with his head into his opponent’s chest. Sometime it ends up square on the chest right in the sternum (this is really painful the morning after if you’re on the receiving end so be mindful about this when you’re drilling), but usually it’s on the pec that’s closest to him. In this case, Burroughs’ head makes contact with Geduev’s left pec.
-As far as movement, Burroughs explains it as a plane taking off into the sky. There’s a subtle but important difference between penetrating and just driving forward as opposed to driving forward and up. Notice his excellent position too- his leg, hips, back, and neck are aligned accordingly so he’s using as much leverage as possible to drive “up and in”.
-To Geduev’s credit (he’s, after all, an Olympic silver medalist), he realizes the threat of the attack and sprawls his hips back. Burroughs still has his head in Geduev’s chest, one arm on Geduev’s left leg, and the far (Burroughs’ left arm) on Geduev’s waist on the far side. The position doesn’t give Burroughs enough leverage to finish the takedown, so he has to adjust, which is why he does the “knee walk” in.
*A quick note on the knee walk though. It’s surprisingly safe for your knees and here’s why- the impact is absorbed by Burroughs’ feet. Notice how on the knee drive, Burroughs’ feet are pointed out and pushing too. That’s where most of the force is accumulated. Most people essentially try to shatter their knee caps by putting all the force into their knees when trying this (or even a regular shot in general). Start the force from the feet and your knees will thank you.
-The follow-up with the knee puts Burroughs in good position to leverage that “air plane taking off” up and out principle and that’s the main idea of bringing his knees in. Wrestling coaches often say “head up, back straight, hips in” (they really mean “hips underneath”) for this reason.
-While driving Geduev towards the out of bounds line, Burroughs resets his grip on the far waist by reaching for the far leg. This time, he gets it.
-Burroughs switches his grip on the double leg by locking his hands right around Geduev’s far knee. “Up and in” principle still relevant. Burroughs’ head is still driving into Geduev’s left pec/side region.
Burroughs is awesome.
It’d probably help to see the video in slow motion, so check it out at 0.25X speed on Youtube. Here’s the full match, so skip to around the 6:50 mark. Geduev hits a pretty sweet double leg of his own in this match too.