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Instructional Video Blog: Outside Single Leg Lift

Outside Single Leg Lift

For the record throughout my career, I referred to the outside single leg takedown as a high crotch. I always shot the move(whatever you prefer to call it) to my opponent’s right leg, regardless of what leg he leads with. Remember you want him to react to you, not the other way around. I would not dive in and extend myself when doing the outside single leg lift, but would always use a setup (head snaps, fakes, rotating him from an inside tie etc…) to get my opponent into a position where I could shoot the high crotch.

The outside single leg/high crotch finish below is the one I used most often during my matches. It was the easiest for me to finish, perhaps because of my low center of gravity. Or in other words because I’m short. What I like best about the outside single leg lift is that it does not depend on my opponent’s reaction. I can hit this move on my opponent regardless of his defense if I get in deep enough. And I will get in deep enough with a good setup.

Another point that needs to be made is that the wrestler turned grappler that I am performing the outside single leg lift and other finishes on, leads with his left leg. That is atypical in wrestling though it is becoming more frequent in recent years.

My favorite setup to the outside single leg lift is a good fake, though as I stated above there are many more options. A good fake means that if your opponent does not bite on the fake you can finish that shot. If you get to the high crotch/outside single leg position with another setup, that is fine also. As long as you use some kind of setup, even it is just your speed.

Outside Single Leg Lift Video


  1. Che Chengsupanimit Che Chengsupanimit
    July 17, 2011    

    Hey Michael,

    Thanks for uploading this video! My coach also liked this finish off the high-c when he wrestled in college.
    However, I’ve never seen it used in an actual match and because of this I’m unsure of other finishes to drill along with it, though I would guess that running the pipe is the other move to try.
    I was hoping you could upload one of your matches where you’ve used the lift finish so I could study effective setups to the high c as well as working to the finish (for example, opponent squares up and you lose the angle) trying to run the pipe and then lifting as a finish. Would this be possible?
    Thanks again!

    • July 18, 2011    

      Hey Che,

      Yes I will try to upload a match example of this move soon. Thanks for the comment.

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