This is copied from the wrestling forum, because obviously there are going to be more footsweep experts here than on the wrestling forum:
Note that I'm mostly talking about submission wrestling, although I'm interested about gi applications as well.
"If you've got a dominant tie up in wrestling, say a single underhook and a wrist tie, with your forehead in your opponent's neck, it's next to impossible for your opponent to take you down with a leg attack, i.e. single or double leg.
However, having such a dominant tie up doesn't prevent your opponent from doing a footsweep or a throw on you. I've found this out the hard way, because I've been wrestling against some judo guys that have been visiting my submission wrestling classes lately.
So how can I minimize the risk of getting footswept or thrown by a judo throw (in no-gi submission wrestling)?"
I have a feeling that the answer to this question is a simple, but an interesting one: I'm guessing that there is no such grip that you can take that blocks all footsweeps and if it exists, it's going to be very hard to get against a much better judoka, even without the gi. Perhaps that's part the magic of judo and what the judokas used many decades ago to defeat wrestlers, i.e. the fact that the wrestlers didn't have an answer to the footsweeps of judo, along with how do wrestle in a jacket?
This is pretty much related to my recent ACL injury due to a kosoto-gari (see my "How to prevent another ACL tear?" thread on this forum).
I'd like to compete again in submission wrestling, well, maybe, after my knee heals, but I'm starting to think that, because of my knee history, I either have to change my takedown strategy to use just two moves, i.e. double leg from a distance and pulling guard - or just completely stop competing and only train (mostly newaza, then).
Any comments would be appreciated.