We were lucky to have a presenattion by John Hackleman at our CrossFit Cert Seminar. He went over some interesting techniques against someone coming in for a takedown, including a Left Hook and Oblique Kick with Forward leg to take them off the game plan and make them replant.
Any other input -Sifus ?
I liked the front sweep technique. I hope Doug was not just humoring me by letting me unbalance him with that sweep to the inside. It felt pretty sweet! Unfortunatley my KM instincts (yes I have them!) kicked in and I was following through with some other counters - like pulling him further off balance with his right shoulder. :oops:
It was a little awkward using the left hook from a different position but it sure did pack a wollop when set up properly. I’ve never had a very good hook, but I think I’m getting better.
I e-mailed John Hackleman after the Cert to thank him.
Getting the read on someone coming in for the takedown, faster than they do it, seems to be the thing that would take the most training, even more than the techniques. I suppose some are obvious and telegraph with a shoulder dip and so forth, but it seems like they come in so fast even if you know the response, half of it may be just knowing what is about to happen and processing the response fast enough.
So we were up there working with John. We were with about 8 guys, and watching the Pit fight team workout at John’s house. After the workout Chuck is getting in his car and to leave. He is backing out and John suddenly yells “Chuck I want you to work with the guys on takedown defenses. ” Chuck pulled back in got out of his car when back down to the cage and spent about working with us. After about an hour John said “Chuck time to go. You need to go eat and get ready to train tonight.” Chuck said “I’m not done yet” and spent another half hour with us. Then signed autographs and took pictures.
I’ll never forget how kind he was to Connor nor the interplay between the respect student and the talented student.
BTW ever hear how Chuck became a student of John’s?