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Check out this slick Jiu Jitsu takedown from Denilson Pimenta from GF Team. To get the full course from Denilson on his favorite takedowns click here
This is arguably one of the greatest match in BJJ worlds History.
This epic battle happened in the qualifying arounds of the Absolute division in the 2012 IBJJF World Champions between Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida and Rodolfo Vieira.
Both Buchecha and Vieira won their divisions that year. This could easily have been the final if they hadn’t met in the earlier rounds and Buchecha went on the win the Gold in the absolute division,
Jordan Burrough’s one of the best modern wrestlers. Among his many accomplishments are three World Championship Golds and an Olympic Gold Medal.
In this video, Burroughs breaks down his best wrestling entries and finishes. All of these can easily be applied to Gi or No Gi Jiu Jitsu.
A key point to notice as you watch the video is how he maintains his posture and how he moves to a better position as soon as he’s secured the takedown.
Want to improve your wrestling for BJJ?
Choose one of the techniques in this video and drill it for 10 – 15 min before or after every class.
Within a few weeks, you’ll see a big improvement in your wrestling skills.
Happy Takedown Tuesday!
Check out this awesome compilation of the best takedowns from the 2008 IBJJF World Championships. (My personal favorite is Andre Galvao’s seionage’s at around 1 min 25 sec)
Do you want to improve your takedowns in 30 Days or less?
Choose your favorite takedown and spend a 10 – 15 minutes before or after every class drilling it.
Assuming you train 3 days a week, in 30 days time you’ll spent an extra 3 hours working on your takedowns.
Takedowns are one of the most neglected areas Jiu Jitsu. However, they often mean the difference between winning and losing a fight.
If you watch any high level Jiu Jitsu athlete they always have a good understanding of takedowns and a few go to techniques they can use when necessary.
Takedowns should be considered an essential part of your Jiu Jitsu arsenal. They allow you to control where a fight takes place and are a quick way to score points.
A great example of this is the absolute final of the 2008 IBJJF World Championships between Roger Gracie and Xande Ribeiro.
Roger had steam rolled through his competition and everyone expected him to win his second absolute title in a row. However, Xande had different ideas.
Much of the fight between Gracie and Ribeiro was spent exchanging takedown attempts, but it was Xande that won the day and absolute title by scoring two takedowns.
(You can watch the fight at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOkVb60noO8)
Where many people go wrong when trying to add takedowns to their game is they try to learn way too many attacks.
If you watch any elite Judo player or Wrestler you’ll see they typically only use 2-3 takedowns. For example John Smith and his low single or Kosei Inoue and his Uchi Mata.
“Jack of all trades, master of none, Master a few and jack everyone” – Greg Nelson
The skill in takedowns is not knowing a hundred different takedowns. Its knowing one takedown incredibly well. You should know how to enter it from any position and how to finish it depending on how your opponent reacts.
The Russian 2 on 1 or Russian Tie Up is a simple grip to set up is effective both Gi and No Gi Jiu Jitsu. Here are two simple set ups for the 2 on 1 grip:
2 on 1 from Collar Grip
2 on 1 grip from Collar Tie
Once you have established the 2 on 1 grip there are many ways to get the takedown. Here is a great sequence from 2 x NCAA champion and 3 x World Cup Champion, Gene Mills.
Here is one final video from Chris Herzog teaching at 10th Planet Rochester. In it he covers the 2 on 1 set up and several variations on takedowns from there.
So you don’t currently have a takedown game? No problem. Here are a three simple things you can start developing one today.
– Start Judo or Wrestling classes. This is the obvious way to start improving your takedowns.
The only slight problem with it is both Judo and Weestling have their own rules and regulations. Often there are techniques that are legal in BJJ that aren’t in Judo or Wrestling and vice versa.
– Start every roll standing and avoid pulling guard. This will get you used to playing the takedown game for BJJ but doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll develop good technique
– Get a specific Takedown for BJJ instructional by a World Class Competitor. This is great option. The techniques will be specific to Jiu Jitsu and have been tried and tested in competition. All you’ll need to do is practice them.
Starting from the feet can be a little bit scary, if you don’t know what you are doing with takedowns for BJJ. These proven techniques give you the tools you need to have the advantage over your opponent.
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