When you train BJJ where most of the focus is on the ground, you won’t always have time to train Judo or Wrestling as much as you’d like. It’s about making a choice: do you want to be a fantastic ground grappler with decent takedowns or do you want to have a good ground game and good takedowns?
The stiff arm
Fighting a stiff-armed Judoka or BJJ player is one of the most annoying things you will encounter in training or competition. In competition a stiff armed /defensive Judoka is quickly penalized in which case they must attack OR they keep getting penalties until they are disqualified. Unfortunately in BJJ or Judo randori, there is no referee and no penalties and this means some BJJ players and Judoka use stiff-arming in a way not be thrown.
If you have no knowledge of takedowns, which is a nice way of saying that you suck takedowns, you may want to look at this option.
Over the years, there have been so many matches that have been stalled up because both competitors have the same grip on the collar and sleeve on the feet.
In this video, you will see how to change the dynamics of that situation to create offensive options.
Here is a great set up for a knee tap takedown:
Here is another similar knee tap set up:
Learn how to wrestle in the gi from one of BJJ’s most successful champions ever, Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida.
Buchecha explains his concepts around how to read his opponents and choosing which takedown is best, how he breaks stubborn grips, and how even much smaller fighters can still find success by focusing on these fundamentals.