JiuJitsu for Wrestlers


Author Dan Faggella is owner of a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school in Rhode Island, a writer of many exclusive article right here on Grappler’s Planet – your number one source for news and interviews in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Dan also writes for Jiu Jitsu magazine

Ok, ladies, Gents, and savages….here we are going to take a look at a “sequence”. A sequence is best to be thought of as a chess game. Each “move” that your chess piece makes has a specific out come to the next moves available. This sequence here is what I like to call a “counter” sequence. Meaning that it involves one initial move by the aggressor, but then is countered by his opponent. Early in my training career as a martial artist I learned that “every counter has a counter”….and this sequence is a perfect example of that.

The sequence we are looking at is a Russian Tie (or arm drag) to wrist control to double leg takedown. This is very popular from a collar tie position. The origin of this sequence is mostly from Wrestling. Meaning, wrestlers from high school to Olympic level (RIP to wrestling in the Olympics) learn a collar tie as one of their first moves. They also learn wrist control and double leg take downs. You won’t see these moves from other combat sports used as their foundation (ex: boxing, Brazilian Ju-Jitsu, Sambo, etc) and if you DO, it is secondary or borrowed from wrestling.


BJJ Wrestling
Ken Primola single leg grip.

MOVE #1: From the collar tie position, which is one way to control your opponent from standing in wrestling, the COUNTER is then “The Russian” or and “arm drag”. The Arm drag is a very good technique to pull your opponent off balance, control his body, and get a superior angle. The move optimally would be a single leg takedown.


MOVE #2: The opponent being arm dragged (Russian tied) then COUNTERS and steps aside, using space and body position to take control away from Kenny. He faces him taking AWAY the single leg.


MOVE#3: Kenny’s next COUNTER is to keep wrist control and use that arm that he snatched control of from the Russian. Kenny’s uses his BODY WEIGHT the move his opponents wrist to the ground. He is NOT muscling it down! He wants to bring the wrist to the ground BECAUSE that will move his opponent center of gravity down, forcing him to be heavy on his legs (which means he is planted and makes it harder for him to COUNTER and sprawl his legs out). This sets up the final part of the sequence….


MOVE #4: Kenny then LOWERS his level and lets go of the wrist now that his opponents weight is down, as well as his, and grabs behind the knee and drives forward with his shoulder, taking his opponent down. It is VERY important Kenny makes this transition quickly because does not want his opponent to counter with an under hook (notice the left arm of the opponent) and a sprawl (Kenny is not grabbing the other leg so speed is a factor being his is not 100% leveraged).

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I would personally say this sequence and the counters is most friendly to a wrestling or BJJ tournament. The percentage of seeing this in an MMA fight is very low do to the fact that the COUNTERS change, which creates a different type of sequence. In MMA you most likely will NOT see a collar tie initiation or even a Russian. The “collar tie” position will lead to “dirty boxing” (which is basically holding a guys head while punching him, hence the name) or Muay Thai strikes (knees, etc). From there…..it changes the chest match

Remember all videos are meant for instructional purposes, but always recommended you learn hands on from a local professional. Hope you enjoyed this BREAKdown.

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