If you are new to wrestling, you might find yourself feeling a bit overwhelmed by the sheer volume of techniques to learn; the good news is that wrestling takedowns are fun techniques to practice—the ones that show up in highlight reels! These are some of the best solid, simple takedowns.
- Back-breaker. The back-breaker is one of the simplest clinch wrestling takedowns. After securing double underhooks on your opponent, change levels and tighten your grip on the small of his lower back. Keep your hips beneath you—don’t lean over at the waist. Drive your head into the center of his chest to torque his spine until he goes down; if necessary, hook one of his legs with yours to finish.
- Double Leg Takedown. This classic wrestling takedown can be performed many different ways; here's one of the simplest. With your left knee planted between your opponent's legs and head tight to his left side, use your right leg to drive hard to your left. At the same time, use your arms to block his legs and sweep them to your right, driving your opponent off balance.
- Single Leg Drop. For the single leg drop takedown, secure your opponent's left leg tight to your chest between your legs with your head on his chest. Take a step back with your right foot to turn him, then lower your head and drive your left shoulder hard into the top of his left knee, locking out his leg and forcing him to the mat.
- Single Leg to Double Leg. If your opponent successfully defends the single leg drop, transition back into a double leg takedown. After driving your left shoulder into his knee while turning to your right, turn back to your left and drive your right shoulder into his knee, this time, in a more forward motion rather than down. Drive your whole body towards his right leg and use your left hand to hook it. Drive him over his right foot, tipping him to the matt. If you perform the single leg drop takedown attempt properly, his weight should be shifted so far to his left during his defense attempt that he is unable to adjust to your double leg again.