Overtie to Low Double Leg by Logan Stieber
If there’s one thing that I’ve stressed to my jiu-jitsu teammates and the athletes on my wrestling team, it’s the importance of getting inside control. Being able to penetrate your opponent’s defenses often requires you to work ties on their head or arms, especially when you’re looking to hit a double leg. If your opponent has inside control on you, that dynamic changes. You’re now having to think defensively and losing precious seconds in the process.
It doesn’t have to be that way. Even if your opponent has inside control with a collar tie, you can still work against it with your own overtie. It’s not ideal, but it does give you some element of surprise when you work offensively. To demonstrate this concept, four-time NCAA champion and 2016 Freestyle World Champion Logan Stieber introduces you to a low double leg takedown off of the overtie in the video below.
The overtie is your defensive reaction to an opponent’s inside collar tie. As shown in the video, Stieber keeps his overtie tight and presses hard against his partner’s elbow. At the same time, he is using his opposite hand to either grab their near-side elbow or their wrist. This is key because it allows you to begin that transition between defense to offense as you force their movement.
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Stieber doesn’t stay in one position for long with his overtie. His partner still has inside control, so they are still a threat at this time. Instead of allowing your opponent to move you around with the collar tie, you can begin to move them around the mat. Forward and backward, side-to-side, you will need to keep them moving. Stieber mentions his stance while this is going on, opting to switch from a left lead to a right lead once he moves to his left. Strategically, this makes sense as it sets him up for the double leg.
The Low Double Leg
While you have a multitude of takedowns to choose from after using the overtie, Stieber’s focus here is on the low double leg. As he moves, he is constantly moving his partner’s head down. Eventually this will force them to respond by raising their posture to avoid staying low. Stieber waits until they pop back up to hit the shot, which requires his right arm to attack the ankle while his left arm attacks their leg. In essence, it is a John Smith single that also focuses on the opposite leg for added effect. Stieber keeps his head between their legs and drives forward and around the far-side leg to finish. Even if you don’t finish with the low double, you’re now left with a re-shot to the single leg or a low single on the near-side depending on how they react.
You don’t have to settle for a defensive mindset if your opponent gets inside control. In an ideal world, you can establish inside control off the bat, but you can use their collar tie against them with the overtie and low double leg. By focusing on creating movement and combining two established single legs into one versatile move, your opponents will think twice before tying up with you again.
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