The USA’s Travis Stevens, probably the hardest working judoka around, has taken home a silver medal in the 2016 Olympic games.
Travis Stevens when asked why he focuses on the Ground Game (Newaza), he answered:
“Because nobody else is doing it.”
He showed great Newaza and was able to win 3 matches with ground techniques: 2 by pins and 1 by bow and arrow choke.
In this video, Stevens shows his 4 favourite takedowns for BJJ:
Cross grip to Kouchi Ankle pick
Cross grip back take.
You can watch directly with time stamp:
6:05 – trouble shooting the shoulder drag takedown.
10:45 – ankle pick.
18:30 – arm drag.
27:20 – cross grip to kouchi ankle pick.
33:42- hand fighting from the cross grip to back take.
41:42 – cross grip vs cross grip.