GB Technique: Self Defense Takedowns with Prof. Liberi

This week on GB Technique we are going to look at Takedowns for Self Defense with one of Gracie Barra’s most experienced and knowledgeable instructors Prof. Carlos Liberi
Prof. Carlos Liberi
The most essential skill for the Jiu-Jitsu fighter in a real fight/self-defense situation is to close the distance with the attacker, avoid the strikes and execute a takedown to get the fight to the ground and achieve the top position.
This week, Prof. Liberi demonstrates the self-defense application of several traditional judo takedowns. Depending on the opponent’s reaction, balance and position, one takedown may be more efficient than one of the other options. Let’s take a look!
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Drop Seionage
The seoi nage / shoulder throw is responsible for more match-ending ippon scores in international judo competition than any other throw. We have also seen this technique used as a defense against the standing rear-naked choke
Prof. Liberi shows how.
Seoi Otoshi
This effective technique is a hybrid of the first Seionage and the big forward throw the Tai Otoshi where the opponent is launched over Prof. Liberi’s outstretched leg. This is a BIG throw with a heavy impact!
Tani Otoshi Punch Avoidance
Literally translated as “valley drop”, we’ve seen this technique when we’ve studied sacrifice throws in the GB Fundamentals curriculum. This is particularly effective against a taller, heavier opponent.
See also on GB Technique:
The Heel Hook: Attack and Escape
Writer: Mark Mullen, Gracie Barra Black Belt