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Throw Your Opponent BEFORE They Can Pull Guard w/ Olympic Judo Medalist Ugo Legrand

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Throw Your Opponent BEFORE They Can Pull Guard w/ Olympic Judo Medalist Ugo Legrand

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 Olympic Judo bronze medalist Ugo Legrand shows how he likes to throw Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Fighters before they can get a chance to pull guard on him.

He says that this is a great technique to use when for a Judoka against a Jiu Jitsu fighter.

Legrand uses the fact that BJJ fighter has a low posture to himself keep an upright posture and connect his hip to his opponent’s hip. He then uses his front leg as a kind of jab to immediately set up an ouchi gari. He also says that by pulling and shaking your opponent as soon as you grab their gi, it makes it very difficult for them to even pull guard.

Legrand then shows an effective counter to a single leg.

He chooses not to counter attack with Uchimata but instead blocks the far leg:

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