Learning the Double Leg Takedown Wrestling Move

This common technique can help you get your opponent to the mat and score two points.

April 09, 2019

When you need points, you’re going to want the right offensive techniques in your arsenal. One of the first takedowns wrestlers learn is the double leg takedown.


Wrestlers use this common yet effective offensive technique to get their opponent on the mat.


“[The double leg takedown] is a basic takedown in which you attack both of your opponent’s legs at once,” former national team assistant coach Erin Vandiver says.




To execute a double leg takedown, you need to begin in a good stance. Following these instructions:

  • Take a deep penetration step. You want to step between your opponent’s feet.
  • Wrap your arms around your opponent’s knees.
  • Step up with your trail leg and then drive your opponent down to the mat.

Remember to keep your head up with your ear tight to your opponent when you perform the double leg takedown. Your back should be straight with your chest tight to your opponent’s hips.


“A double leg takedown is an explosive technique used to take your opponent from their feet to the mat,” Vandiver says.


In addition to the double leg takedown, you'll also want to work on the single leg takedown. A quick execution of the move can be an effective way to take an opponent off their feet and onto the mat.


To effectively use a double leg takedown, you'll want to practice your shooting skills. The leap frog drill works on your shooting, as well as your pivoting skills.