Why Is This Easy Takedown Shown By Travis Stevens So Successful

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Easy Takedown Tutorial By Travis Stevens

The most important thing for a BJJ fighter, especially in a mixed martial arts fight, is taking the fight to the ground. Brazilian jiu-jitsu does not specialize in kicks and punches. Every second in the stand-up, especially against a… Click To Tweet Travis Stevens is a perfect example of a Judo Black Belt excelling in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu using his Judo foundation to secure more dominant top positions. Click To Tweet

In this tutorial, he explains a very simple sweep from very common grips. Like other Judo style throws this takedown all about technique and leverage. Size doesn’t matter when applied correctly. We broke down the tutorial for you!

Step By Step Tutorial by Travis Stevens

Starting position: Your partner needs to make a grip and grab your back. Assume the parallel stance, keeping your right hand on his collar, and grabbing you opponent’s left forearm with your left hand.

Step 1. Get close to your partner, Travis Stevens flexes his right arm and maintains the contact with his opponent’s collar. Changing your stance, put your right leg in front of the left one, turning it into a leading leg to create space.

Note: You don’t have to grab the opponent’s collar with your other hand. However, as Travis Steven demostrats, it is important to keep your partner’s gi tight in the level of his chest.

Step 2. Push your partner forward creating the space and extending your right arm.

Note: The basic goal of this movement is to create some distance. If the partner follows you up, you continue the same method to create space.

Step 3. Wrap your right arm around the partner’s left biceps, keeping the contact with his right forearm all the time. Make sure his left arm ends up under your right armpit. With same are that wraps around we see Travis Steven secure the grip to his opponent’s gi. 

Note: Arm adduction is your greatest ally here. Push your right arm towards your body to trap an opponent’s left forearm. This will completely disable his movements if you do everything well. This move enables a huge amount of pressure on a partner’s shoulder, which means you are taking control of the situation. 

You might even release his right forearm because the lock is tight by itself. For a jiu-jitsu fight, it sounds fantastic. Yet, in an MMA fight, I don’t recommend you letting the partner’s right hand go, because you might eat a right hook and end up on the canvas. You can do this if and only if you transit explosively to step 4!

The similar thing happened in the match between Henry “OK” Corrales and Aaron Pico – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oNnqLLziRc .


Pico released Henry’s right hand and received a fight-ending hook to the head. 

Step 4. Foot work: This is what allows you to complete the takedown. You can walk around the opponent, start gripping and fighting. When you feel the perfect moment, step in close enough to off balance your partner. Your right foot (Travis Steven’s leading leg) is only a few inches from the opponent’s left foot. Step in, rotating your right leg counterclockwise and putting it between partner’s feet. Make sure your right hip initiates contact with a partner’s hip. 

Step 5. Next step Travis Steven Shows: Throw your left hand to the floor but don’t bend your knees until your left hand touches the canvas. 

You need to bring your opponent down and force him to touch the floor with his right arm. 

Step 5. Hop with your left foot to the right, keeping your opponent trapped all the time. 

Note: We recommend you perform two or even three hops. But you mustn’t let the opponent go at any moment. The partner can easily move his body towards you and trip you if he is given too much room.  

Step 6. Have you ever watched an Uchi Mata? Well, you need to perform basically the same move. Lift your right leg in a backward motion keeping it straight. Make sure your right leg remains tucked against the inner part of a partner’s left thigh to secure a good takedown. 

Note: You must maintain contact with the opponent’s leg all the time, or he can counter your takedown attempt. 

Step 7. Twist your opponent counterclockwise, on the opposite side of your throwing leg. Flex your right leg at the beginning of the twisting motion. Twist your right hip and continue moving with your opponent towards the canvas. If everything was done well, you’ll end up in the side control position. 

Note: You must be quick, otherwise, the opponent might set himself free and attack your neck off the back. He could easily secure a standing rear-naked choke or some other submission. So keep partner’s right hand locked up tight under your armpit all the time and don’t let it go.

You can attempt many submissions from the side control, or even transit to the mount. This takedown allows you to control the opponent on the bottom and end the fight if done properly. Also, look at our previous tutorial (the first link you sent me, you can put it here) to create a maximum pressure to the grounded partner.  

Step 8. When in side-control sit on your partner’s leg to block a transition attempt by your opponent from the bottom position. Doing so will create pinning pressure to neutralize your opponent in the bottom side-control position. Try to avoid landing on his body. Make your posting leg heavy to secure the position and apply more pressure against your opponent. 

Note: When the opponent tries to bump and roll, pin his left hip with your right leg by sitting and sinking your hips. In addition, continue to apply pressure from your posting leg to create more consistent pinning pressure to prevent a reversal from your oppenant. This will block his movement. But don’t lean too much to the right as the partner might easily perform a world-class reversal. You might lose the dominant position. 

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Try this very simple takedown and tell us what your think? Did it save you time from fighting through someone’s guard?

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