AskDefine | Define sprawling

Dictionary Definition

sprawling adj
1 spread out irregularly; "sat sprawled in the big armchair"; "the sprawling suburbs"; "a big sprawly city" [syn: sprawled, sprawly]
2 spreading out carelessly (as if wandering) in different directions; "sprawling handwriting"; "straggling branches"; "straggly hair" [syn: straggling, straggly] n : an ungainly posture with arms and legs spread about [syn: sprawl]

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  1. present participle of sprawl


  1. That sprawls

Extensive Definition

A sprawl is a martial arts and especially wrestling term for a defensive technique that is done in response to certain takedown attempts, typically double or single leg takedown attempts. The sprawl is performed by scooting the legs backwards, so as to land on the upper back of the opponent attempting the takedown. The resultant position is also known as a sprawl or sprawling position.
Ideally, the sprawling athlete should arch his back as much as possible and keep his knees off the mat. His options here including attempting to gain leverage on the lower back by hooking underneath the elbows; throwing in a headlock; and grabbing his opponent's ankles and trying to get behind his opponent.
In mixed martial arts, sprawling is an important aspect of the sprawl-and-brawl tactic. Although the sprawl is favored among numerous wrestlers and mixed martial arts fighters, some practitioners prefer to use the technique called the 'down block'.

See also

---------------- Sprawling
1. To sit or lie with limbs spread awkwardly outward. 2. To spread out in a straggling or disordered fashion: untidy tenements sprawling toward the river. 3. When in sprawling position it is best to place the hands on the back of the head at the same time as pushing the head to the mat. After this switch around behind the opponent and gain dominant control.

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