Mario Sperry Teaches a Gi Takedown

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May 6, 2013 5:05:00 PM

Mario Sperry teaches a takedown from a standing position in this Gameness Instructional Video. Mario is wearing his white Limited Edition Gameness XT gi during this demonstration, and his training partner is wearing a blue Gameness AIR gi.

Step 1:

This takedown begins the moment that your opponent grabs onto your gi lapel for control. The first thing to do is grip your opponent’s sleeve and wrist with both of your hands and bend your knees into a squatting position. Push your opponent’s wrist down with both of your hands while straightening your legs in order to break his/her grip on your lapel.

Step 2:

While maintaining control of your opponent’s wrist, pull his/her arm across your body and hug their back with your near-side arm. You can grab onto their belt for added control, but it is not mandatory for the technique.

Step 3:

Hug your opponent’s arm with your body to prevent him/her from pulling their arm free and escaping the takedown. Step in front of your opponent with your lead leg and sit down onto the mat. With the grip you have on your opponent’s wrist and how closely you are controlling his/her arm/body, you should still have control of their bodyweight.

Step 4:

Kick with your rear leg to put your opponent on their back and off from on top of you. As your opponent is on their back, prevent them from rolling back into a dominant position by reaching over your opponent’s body with your far arm and achieving an underhook.

Step 5:

At this point, you should be in a solid side-control position, but if you feel that your opponent is breaking free or about to escape, you have the option of switching your legs in a “sit-out” to maintain your dominant position.

Topics: BJJ Technique Videos

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