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Setting Up and Finishing the Single Leg Takedown in BJJ with the Gi

The single leg takedown is one of the main moves in freestyle wrestling, but it becomes considerably harder to pull off when you put the gi on.

That’s because with the gi  your opponent usually just grabs your lapel and sleeve, stiff-arms away, and makes it hard to get at his legs. This can be very frustrating for people looking for single and double leg wrestling takedowns in BJJ.

Now judo players have an easier time dismantling this sort of defense since gripfighting is so integral to their sport.

Does that mean that you should learn Judo?  I started doing Judo when I was 11 and think it’s a beautiful art, but the sad truth is that most judo throws take a very long time and thousands of repetitions to develop.

Also many Judo throws don’t translate well to no gi and MMA type scenarios.

But if you want to stick with a wrestling approach then you absolutely CAN adapt the single leg to work with the gi!

The key is setting up your grips.

In a previous article I showed my own favourite gripping sequence in the gi.  It’s centered around first getting the ‘across the back’ grip and then using your opponent’s reactions to take him down (and the single leg takedown was one of those techniques covered).

But today we’re looking at another sequence to secure the single leg takedown in the gi.  The sequence consists of the following steps:

Open your opponent’s left lapel with your left hand and then back away Now insert your right hand low on his right lapel and slide it up as high as you can comfortably get Pull your opponent forward so that he steps his right leg forward and postures up and backwards Step forward and off balance him backwards by pushing his chest with your face/forehead Pick up his lead (right) leg, which should now be light, with your left hand and drive forward Keep his leg elevated, pull down on his lapel, and circle to your right to take him down

This sequence, taught by Rob Biernacki, is a lot easier to understand if you check out the video below.

Hope this helps!

Stephan

More Easy Takedowns

A lot of people have asked me about throws and takedowns over the years so I’ve actually written about this topic numerous times on my blog.  If you’re » Continue Reading.

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Standing Guillotine Choke Escapes

Standing guillotine chokes are really tough to escape, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to get out!

I recently met up with my friend Ando Mierzwa, and we shot something on the topic of guillotine prevention and escape for his martial arts oriented Youtube channel.

It’s a video in 3 parts…

The first part of the video is about guillotine prevention.  

It’s always easier to prevent a submission in the first place than it is to defend it once it’s applied, and this choke is no different. And to prevent the guillotine you need to have good posture.  You want to have your head upright and be looking at your opponent.  If your head is down and you’re looking at the floor then it’s child’s play for your opponent to slap on the guillotine (or snap you down, or apply the front headlock, or just kick you in the face)!

The second part is about escaping the guillotine as it’s being applied and before it’s fully locked on.

The key here is awareness.  As you feel your opponent looping his arm around your neck you want to look up, up, up. Literally arch your neck backwards and point your face to the sky.

If you do the right timing here then you actually get a clear route to your opponent’s back – it’s a lot like doing the ‘duck under’ in wrestling.  You’ve taken a potentially devastating situation and turned it around in your favour.

The third part is about survival once the guillotine is fully locked on.

I’m not gonna lie…  A fully applied guillotine choke is a terrible thing.

If he’s skilled with this attack then you’re probably going to tap out. But you want to rage, rage against the dying of the light, so try to defend it and maybe you’ll get out.

The initial defense in this part of the video is the classic BJJ arm-over-the-shoulder position, but you might not be familiar with the next part, which is a counter-guillotine takedown which works extremely well.

Don’t miss the outtake at the end; we were rehearsing the opening and I screwed up and managed to chip a tooth pretty good on the concrete pool deck where we were filming.

Oh, the things I do for the love of jiu-jitsu!

Enjoy!

P.S. Click here to download my free PDF checklist to the positions and » Continue Reading.

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Podcast Episode 74 – Analysis of Leglock Game with Rob Biernacki

An 80/20 analysis of the leglocking game based on high level no gi competition, leglock safety, how to learn BJJ efficiently, best practises when teaching jiu-jitsu, and a ton more with BJJ black belt Rob Biernacki, my co-author of The Modern Leglock Formula available now at Grapplearts.com/leglocks

You can listen to this as Episode 74 of The Strenuous Life podcast, available on iTunesStitcherSoundcloud or Google Play.

Or you can listen to it in the embedded player below:

Have a listen, and a subscription, rating, and review on whatever podcast platform you use is always super appreciated!

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Advanced Omoplata Finish

Jiu-jitsu is so cool! As you might know, the omoplata armlock is one of my very favorite techniques. But even after 10 years of studying this position, I’m still learning new stuff about it…

Today I want to share a variation of the omoplata that I learned this summer working with Brandon Mullins. Of course this finish works great on larger people, but even though I’m 6’2′ and 215 lbs I’m gonna ‘hijack’ it and use it in my own game as well.

This 3:22 omoplata video provides powerful answers to a couple of common omoplata problems.

Like what to do if a bigger, stronger opponent rolls forward to escape from your omoplata, and how to finish the omoplata if you end up ‘stuck’ on the bottom with your opponent resting his weight on you.

It’s really cool, check it out

P.S. If you’re interested in more from BJJ black belt world champion Brandon Mullins please make sure to check out the two instructionals I did with him available on this site, including

How to Defeat the Bigger, Stronger Opponent Series 2, and Non-Stop Jiu-Jitsu with Brandon Mullins

Both sets are available on DVD, as online streaming instructionals, and as a series of apps for Android and iOS devices!

 

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Podcast Episode 80 – When Should Leglock Training Start?

What belt level should you start training leg locks at?  It depends a little bit on what your goals are and whether you’re doing gi or no gi, but it’s a lot sooner than you think EVEN if you’re competing only in the IBJJF rule set.  This podcast episode is excerpted from a 17 minute long Youtube video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GQZPtpsg_U which takes you through how to do the actual leglocks and demonstrates some of the techniques that will instantly get you disqualified from an IBJJF tournament.

You can listen to this as Episode 80 of The Strenuous Life podcast, available on iTunesStitcherSoundcloud or Google Play.

Or you can listen to it in the embedded player below:

(A subscription, rating, and review on whatever podcast platform you use is always super appreciated!)

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Podcast Episode #73 – Grappling VS Striking

If you could only do one which would be better for self defense: striking or grappling?  The answer is grappling of course, but the reasons why might surprise you…

You can listen to this as Episode 73 of The Strenuous Life podcast, available on iTunesStitcherSoundcloud or Google Play.

Or you can listen to it in the embedded player below:

 

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Podcast Episode #71 – BJJ and Training Q&A With Stephan

What would I do different as a white belt if I could go back in time?  What are the best guards that go together with the butterfly guard?  Can you become an elite level grappler if you have both a job and a family?  And you’ve choked someone out in a streetfight… what now?  All this and more in today’s Q&A episode.

In this episode I make reference to articles on Grapplearts which can be found here: http://www.grapplearts.com/articles and also to my main youtube channel which is here: http://www.youtube.com/stephankesting

But I also make reference to my second website (http://www.selfdefensetutorials.com) and to my second youtube channel (http://www.youtube.com/selfdefensetutorials).

So there, now you’ve got all the urls you need for additional info on the topics we discussed.

You can listen to this as Episode 71 of The Strenuous Life podcast, available on iTunesStitcherSoundcloud or Google Play.

Or you can listen to it in the embedded player below:

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Podcast Episode 68 – Post Workout Routine: Staying in Shape While Travelling

Recorded right after my hotel room workout, this episode talks about the 3 things you need to do to stay in jiu-jitsu shape when you’re travelling so you don’t suck as bad when you get back to your regular training schedule.

You can listen to this as episode 66 of the Strenuous Life podcast, available on  iTunesStitcherSoundcloud and Google Play.

Or you can listen to it in the embedded player below:

 

As always, a subscription, rating, and review on whatever podcast platform you use is always super appreciated!

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Podcast Episode #66 – Functional Training

Regardless of whether you train BJJ, MMA or a self-defense oriented martial art you’re faced with the same dilemma: how do you take a technique you’re shown in class and actually make it work against someone who is resisting you 100%?  The key is progressive resistance, and in this episode I go into the 5 training modalities you should use to functionalise your techniques.

You can listen to this as episode 66 of the Strenuous Life podcast, available on  iTunesStitcherSoundcloud and Google Play.

Or you can listen to it in the embedded player below:

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Podcast Episode 55 – Interview with James Foster on the Spartan Underground

I really enjoyed being on James ‘300’ Foster’s podcast where we talked about figuring out grappling from scratch, why fighters fight injured, PEDs in the MMA, how jiu-jitsu will always be there for you after a long layoff, and a lot more!  I hope you enjoy it too!

Check out Jame’s podcast on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-spartan-underground/id1070092297?mt=2

You can listen to this as Episode 55 of The Strenuous Life podcast, available on iTunesStitcherSoundcloud or Google Play.

Or you can listen to it in the embedded player below:

Enjoy, and as always, a subscription, rating, and review on whatever podcast platform you use is always super appreciated!

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Podcast Episode 56 – Interview with Budo Jake Discussing Training Around the World, Advice to Newbies, and More…

This is a really good episode in which I talk to my friend, BJJ black belt, and world traveller Budo Jake. We cover a ton of topics including the evolution of Japanese ju-jutsu into BJJ, getting choked unconscious, the effectiveness of wrist locks in grappling, brain damage from striking, yoga and other recover methods, training at different academies, and advice for newbies.  Enjoy!

You can listen to this as Episode 56 of The Strenuous Life podcast, available on iTunesStitcherSoundcloud or Google Play.

Or you can listen to it in the embedded player below:

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Podcast Episode 62 – Rant: It is NOT About the Colour of the BELT!

I’m on fire for this one because it really gets under my skin when people focus on the wrong thing in their martial arts training.  Boys and girls, it’s about skill acquisition and NOT about the color of your belt.  Get this wrong and it will destroy your relationship to the martial arts!

You can watch a video I did about this on You Tube below:

Alternately, you can listen to this as Episode 62 of The Strenuous Life podcast, available on iTunesStitcherSoundcloud or Google Play.

Or you can listen to it in the embedded player below:

As always, a subscription, rating, and review on whatever podcast platform you use is always super appreciated!

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