GB Technique: Competition Takedowns and Counters

This week on GB Technique we are going to look at some of the most effective takedowns that we see in BJJ competition and how to defend some of the most common attacks.
Takedowns for jiu-jitsu have some important differences from the takedowns of other grappling arts like judo (which has many rules regarding illegal grips) and wrestling (which lacks the gi grips and submission threats – ex. Guillotine choke – of jiu-jitsu).
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1- Prof. Marcio Feitosa enters into a single-leg takedown. The single is one of the highest-scoring takedowns in all competition rule sets
2- Prof. Marcio Feitosa on single leg counter. In order to truly understand a move, you must also master the defense to the offensive move
3- Arm drag counter
The short arm drag is used at the highest levels of competition and all jiu-jitsu students must understand how it works and how to defend – Prof. Philipe shows how
4- Prof. Marcio shows a subtle and underappreciated aspect of stand up grappling – hand fighting to create an entry to the opponent’s leg for a single
See also on GB Technique: Connecting Open Guards
Writer: Mark Mullen, Gracie Barra Black Belt