GB Technique: Standup with Prof. Marcio Feitosa

This week on GB Technique we are looking at techniques and principles for takedowns as taught by one of Gracie Barra’s legendary instructors Prof. Marcio Feitosa
In a previous article on Prof. Feitosa, he explains his view on the importance of knowing takedowns as part of having a complete jiu-jitsu.
Prof. Marcio Feitosa On The Importance of A Complete Jiu-Jitsu
Q: Jiu-Jitsu is primarily a ground fighting art. Why do you think the study of takedowns is important for Jiu-Jitsu students?
Prof. Marcio Feitosa: “Master Carlos always taught a well rounded Jiu-Jitsu… Jiu-Jitsu has 3 components: Self defense, takedowns and ground. Unless you are training self defense, takedowns and ground, you are not training a well rounded Jiu-Jitsu.
Even though the athletes will have a need to specialize – to perform in their competitions, it’s an asset to master the fundamentals. To have a well rounded Jiu-Jitsu, to be more knowledgeable about everything that is involved than to simply specialize from day 1.
Takedowns are one of the pillars. It’s extremely important to beginners, to higher ranks, to athletes to dedicate and train takedowns.”
Let’s check out several different types of throws and stand up strategies with one of Gracie Barra’s top instructors – Prof. Marcio Feitosa.
1) Double Leg / Catada de Perna
If you were to poll most jiu-jitsu students as to their favorite takedown, this would most likely be #1

2) Fake Guard pull to single leg / Single leg partindo da puxada pra guarda
This is a great combination to use if you are also fond of pulling guard. Catch your opponent by surprise!

3) Collardrag to the ground / Collardrag Em Pé
Not all ways of getting the match to the ground involve a classic judo type  throw. Jiu-jitsu rules and strategies are different!

4) Eri Seoi Nage / Queda de Mão
Let’s take a look at some grip variations for the classic Ippon Seionage or Shoulder Throw. Bjj has fewer gripping rules than judo so you can find the grip that works best for you.

5) Advanced Inner Thigh Throw / Uchi Mata
Several years back one of the competitors at my GB school threw me with this in sparring. I said “I didn’t know that you knew judo?”.
“I saw Marcio Feitosa show this on GB YouTube” he smiled. This is the exact video of that throw.

What is your favorite takedown strategy?
See also on GB: Gracie Barra: The Art Of Takedowns With Prof. Carlos Liberi
Credits: Mark Mullen
Gracie Barra Black belt based in Asia