Takedowns are the mark of all grappling sports (Judo, Jiu Jitsu, Wrestling, Sambo etc). They all rely on taking the fight to the ground, regardless of what you do afterwards.
Takedowns can be a tough task for BJJ players. Especially, when we don’t have any standing background, like wrestling or Judo.
In this technique the Judo legend Ilias Iliadis (Olympic champion & 3x world champion) shows a simple takedown that he uses when he goes against Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Fighters.
He says that this is a great technique to use when for a Judoka against a Jiu Jitsu fighter.
Iliadis uses the fact that BJJ fighter has a low posture to set up a deep underhook and grab the opponent’s lapel. This traps the opponent’s arm and keeps his posture low. He then sets up a massive Uchi Mata Throw.
In Judo, Uchi mata is called “the King of Throws”. Uchi Mata is Ashi Waza or a foot technique, and known as one of the most difficult throws but also the most beautiful.
Another Judo Olympic champion, Satoshi Ishii shows a ‘ken Ken’ Uchi Mata against a stalling opponent. Ishii had great success with this move in his glorious Judo career. Satoshi Ishii is an olympic Gold Medalist in Judo, winning the 2008 Olympic Games.
This is a clip off of his new instructional series “Japanese Judo Secrets.” With his expertise in Judo he went on to achieve his black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Satoshi has competed at the highest levels with great success.
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