GB Technique : Up Your Takedowns Game!

This week on Gracie Barra Blog we are looking at some takedown techniques by some of Gracie Barra’s most experienced black belt instructors from Gracie Barra schools throughout the GB Network.
If you polled many jiu-jitsu students as to what the weakest area of the game is, you might very well get “takedowns” as the most common answer. Yes, BJJ is a sport and art that specializes in fighting on the ground. But let’s remember that the matches start standing and if you can’t get the match to the ground in an advantageous position, you are in a difficult situation.
Part of having a complete jiu-jitsu is to become proficient at a few takedowns that you have confidence to execute. If you have been meaning to bring your takedown game up a level, we need to start by looking at some of the highest percentage, effective moves from stand up position.
Want to Up Your Takedown Game? Check out: GB2 Online Takedowns – by Henrique Machado
Let’s take a look at some  as taught by top Gracie Barra black belt instructors.
1) Outside Trip – Osotogari
This might be one of the very first takedowns that you learn in jiu-jitsu and it is also successful at the Olympic level of Judo. The “osoto gari” demonstrates several of the essential principles of takedowns. Professor Diogo from Gracie Barra Charlotte shows us how.

2) Shoulder throw – Drop Seoi-Nage
What is the # 1 match winning throw at the international level in Judo? This variation of the “seoinage” known as a “drop” style. Professor Duayne from GB Sandy teaches the details.

3) Advanced Inner Thigh Throw – Uchi-Mata
From the archives : This take Down By Prof Marcio Feitosa works great in both gi and with a no-gi “whizzer” grip. Especially effective against a bent over defensive stance.

4)Sacrifice throw – “Sumi Gaeshi”
This “sumi gaeshi” sacrifice takedown is taught by Coach Todd of GB Colarado Springs. This throw works when your opponent counters your inside trip allowing you to still take them down and receiving 2 points for the takedown.

5)  Chain Wrestling Single Leg Take Down To Full Mount
This wrestling technique from Gracie Barra Jacksonville illustrates an important concept : you need to link your attacks (“chaining your techniques”) to be successful against experienced opponents who will attempt to counter your initial move.

See also on Gracie Barra : GB Technique : Attacking the Turtle
Credits: Mark Mullen
Gracie Barra Black belt based in Asia