The Two On One, often referred to as The Russian, is a very underutilzied tie-up in the younger ages of our sport. It is more often seen in college than anywhere else. As always, if we can get our young ones to start doing this, they'll be years ahead of their peers.

As you can probably get through the name, we're controlling our opponent's one arm with two hands. Both palm up, one is one the wrist while the other is holding the shoulder. This gives us a good angle to do a wide variety of shots.

It can be part of handfighting and is not meant to be held onto for very long. With tie-ups, we feel you should use them as soon as possible, or move to the next one. This is often based on how our opponent reacts to whatever tie-up we currently have.


  • #1: Hook near leg, push away with left, near single
  • #2: Hook near leg, he steps out, pull wrist down and forward
  • #3: Hook near leg, he steps out, ankle pick
  • #4: Lace murkle leg in, push wrist foward, catch body lock, pull down
  • #5: Inside trip
  • #6: Polish
  • #7: Head in chest, straighten arm, arch back to left shoulder

Action Reaction

  • #8: He grabs right wrist, lift right hand, lefty high-crotch
  • #9: He peels wrist control, righty fireman's carry
  • #10: He posts on head, pop elbow up with right hand, lefty high-crotch
  • #11: He posts on head, pull elbow with left hand, lefty double
  • #12: He goes for front head lock, one arm righty fireman's carry


  • #13: You post with right hand, he grabs wrist for two-on-one, you pass-by to high crotch
  • #14: He pulls the two-on-one down, pull arm to the right for a quick double
  • #15: Elbow pull to far double
  • #16: Peel hand, arm drag, lefty double
  • #17: Grab shoulder hand, whip arm over head, throw near leg in, body lock, pull down
  • #18: Grab head, pull to chest, step over far leg, hip toss