The Single Leg Takedown – Completely Broken Down

So… you’re here to learn some wresting moves, right? Great, you’re in the right place. However, we’re not just going to talk about different moves, instead, we’re only going to talk about one wrestling move: the single leg takedown.


The single leg is perhaps one of the oldest and most effective techniques of all time. Simply put, there are hundreds if not thousands of ways to execute the single leg properly. You can sweep, high-crotch, ankle pick, knee pick, or just straight on shoot. It doesn’t matter which route you take though, you only need to master one of these techniques to be dominant.

If you watch any college wrestling match, more often than not, this takedown (the single) is what’s used. Why? No one really knows… but hey, when you’re at such a level like these guys are, you don’t worry about how it works, you just do it because it works.

So instead of worrying about how this move can score you points, you should focus on becoming the best takedown artist in the sport. If you ask me, the sweep is probably the most effective version of the single move but everyone has their own opinion. If you’re looking for a more in-depth article on this specific technique, you should read these wrestling single leg tips.

So what happens when someone trys to shoot on you? Well, that’s exactly why you’re going to have to learn the basics of defending a single leg takedown. I don’t have time to go super in-depth, but let me give you the basics. You should focus mainly on getting your haps down and away… and while you’re doing that, stuff your opponent’s head towards the mat. This should buy you some quality time to figure out your next move.