My eyes were opened to real single leg takedowns when I had my first few private lessons with Lyubo Kumbarov back in 2009. Freestyle wrestling is incredibly clever and as with BJJ, based on mechanics and science. With limited time to train everything, we will practice two or three of Lyubo’s high percentage, favourite single leg takedowns to use when we are sparring or competing without the Gi. Better to be red-hot with two or three difficult to stop set ups and takedowns rather than a master of none.
If we all manage to get fast, slick and technical, we might just add Lyubo’s ‘single to a double’ – seemingly unstoppable.