…from Travis Stevens:
My thinking on foot sweeps has changed. Once I thought they were quite timing and skill dependent, and so more for a specialist to focus on than for the average practitioner of sele protection.
But frankly they are no more skill dependent than other takedowns, and require less strength and body commitment in the throw as an added bonus. Nor are they more skill- or timing dependent than the ground maneuvers we promote and count on for self defense such as mount and guard escapes or modified spider guard.
So Do the Judo. Adding foot and leg attacks to ones repertoire will pay tremendous dividends in terms of efficient and effective takedowns.