On Starting Sparring from the Knees…

A reader writes: Hi Stephan, I've been doing BJJ for about 6 months and am wondering if you have any advice about what to do when you're starting on the knees? I find that most wrestling-style takedowns are very difficult to do from the knees, especially because my opponents are really good at sprawling. … [Read more...]

Best Takedown vs. Larger Opponents?

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Every grappler needs to have a basic understanding of takedowns.  You don't want to be so uni-dimensional that you have no idea how to take somebody down. But the problem is that not every takedown you learn from Judo or wrestling will work on someone a lot bigger and stronger than you. … [Read more...]

How Not to Break Your Neck Doing Takedowns

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There's no getting around it, all contact sports are inherently dangerous.  And it's hard to have more contact in a sport than in MMA. Now it's true that MMA might not be the most dangerous contact sport - that dubious title could arguably go to boxing or pro football - but in the past few years there have still been been some very, very serious injuries in MMA related to takedowns... … [Read more...]

Podcast EP6: Judo and BJJ: How They Help Each Other

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An Interview with Daniel McCormick, 2008 US National Judo Championship Winner, 2009 Judo Olympian Stephan's note: This is the transcript of an audio interview I did with Daniel McCormick. You can either read the interview below or listen/download the audio by doing one of the following: Play on the audio-only Youtube 'video' at bottom of this list, and/or Right click on this link and … [Read more...]

Countering the Double Leg with a Sitout & Switch

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I respect most grappling arts, not just BJJ.  Freestyle and collegiate wrestling, in particular, have a lot to offer to submission grapplers and BJJ practitioners.  Obviously we can get a lot of good throws and takedowns from wrestling, but we can also 'steal' some very powerful moves on the ground as well. … [Read more...]

Submission Grappling Leglock

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Leglocks have been around for a long time, but modern grapplers use them in slightly different contexts than classical grapplers. Here's how a submission grappler might link a takedown and a match-ending ankle-lock... (This technique is from the Submission Grappling vs. Classical Ju-Jutsu article on Grapplearts.com) … [Read more...]