Sprawl – Grappling Technique
The sprawl is one of the most fundamental moves in almost every form of grappling that involves neutral (both grapplers standing) positions. Even though the sprawl is a very basic leg defense, it is an absolutely necessary technique in Wrestling, Mixed Martial Arts and several other grappling martial arts.
Instructions for the Sprawl
- Since the sprawl is a defensive move, your opponent must first “shoot” at your legs.
- Once your opponent attempts a shot, you must first kick your legs back (how far depends on the style) and thrust your hips on his/her shoulders.
- Your chest should remain as upright as possible to keep as much weight on your opponent as you can.
Instructional Video for the Sprawl Technique