Double Leg Takedown

  • Opp and Hero are standing with R Leg forward
  • Opp and Hero have hands up and knees slightly bent in athletic position
  1. Hero  R Leg steps forward -> between Opp Legs (AST) Hero drops his level
  2. Hero takes shot; Hero Right knee drops forward -> Ground; Hero L Leg is posted L
  3. Hero Torso stays vertical; Hero Head -: Opp R Hip
    • Hero Head and Hips are up
    • Hero hits this position tightly and tries to knock Opp back
    • Hero eyes look in the direction of the take down -> R
  4. Hero R + L Hands -> back of Opp R + L Legs
  5. Hero steps up hard with the L Leg and drives Opp hard 90 degrees-> R for takedown

Below is a terrific breakdown by Bruce Steinel on the Double Leg Takedown. He has a bunch of good wrestling videos to learn from.

The Second video posted under MMA Coach on youtube is excellent and shows 6 common mistakes that occur when trying execute a Double Leg. This video has been very helpful to me as I am see myself making these mistakes in each of the points that he makes in the video.


Modified Palm Up/Palm Down Choke from Mount

Modified Palm Up/Palm Down Choke from Mount

  • Hero is mounted on Opp
  1. Hero R Hand -> Opp R Lapel 4 Fingers In
    • Opp now knows that you are going for a cross choke
  2. Hero L Arm -> inside Opp R Arm; Hero L Hand -> Mat and then Hero transitions L Elbow -> Mat
    • this helps isolate/kill Opp R Arm
    • Hero probably needs to lean slightly -> L to keep from being tossed/swept
  3. Hero L Arm reaches around -> top of Opp Head
    • Hero L Thumb -> Opp L Collar Gi; Hero Grips the collar
  4. Hero Forehead -> mat next to Opp L Head/Neck
    • this stabilizes Hero in position to keep from being swept again
    • this also allows room for elbow to come across Opp face in next step
  5. Hero L Wrist/Forearm -> Opp L face; grind across Opp face
    • Opp will defend this grinding action with R Hand which leads to step 6
    • Hero is driving Opp Head into Hero R Wrist
  6. Hero lets L Forearm slide onto Opp neck and drives Forearm down to the mat to finish choke
  7. Hero drops chest down on top of L Wrist/Forearm to  apply more pressure during Choke.

I found this modification in to the Palm Up/Palm Down Choke in the following video. Keenan Cornelius is excellent at breaking down moves. I have found his  videos extremely effective and useful. Really hoping to hit one of his classes one day.

Side Control > Dope Mount > Full Mount

Option #1; Side Control > Dope Mount > Full Mount

  • Hero is in Standard R Side Control
  • Hero L Arm -> Back of Opp  Neck,
  • Hero R Arm (UH) -> Opp L Armpit; Hero Hand -> Opp L Shoulder
  1. Hero L Arm/Hand comes over top of Opp Head -> Opp L Neck; Hero L Hand (UH) -> Opp L Armpit
  2. Hero R Arm/Hand -> Opp L Hip
  3. Hero reverse scissors backwards; R leg steps backwards; L leg is front
    • Hero is in high ‘Reverse Kesa’
  4. Hero R Hand -> Opp L Knee; Hero pulls Opp L knee R -> Ground
  5. Hero forward steps R Leg -> (OH) Opp L Leg (AST) Hero pivots hips to drop R Hip -> ground
    1. Hero is now in ‘Dope Mount’
    2. Opp is now on R Side
    3. Hero has Opp L Leg trapped
  6. Hero can now come to full mount by stepping/slidding R leg -> Opp L Hip Area and on to the mat on the Opp L side.

Option #2: Side Control > Dope Mount > Full Mount

  • Hero is in Standard R Side Control
  • Hero L Arm -> Back of Opp  Neck,
  • Hero R Arm (UH) -> Opp L Armpit; Hero Hand -> Opp L Shoulder
  1. Hero R Arm (UH -‘underhook’) -> Opp R Leg/Thigh(from outside to inside) and (OH-‘overhook’) Opp Left Leg/Thigh (inside to outside).
    • this position makes it very difficult for the Opp to turn into you.
    • Hero R Hand ends up hooking Opp L Thigh
  2. Hero steps R Leg/Knee -> Opp R Leg; Hero uses body and R Leg to drive Opp on to L side.
    • Opp L Leg is on the bottom and R Leg will be driven into the ground
    • Hero R Leg/shin traps Opp L Leg -> ground
  3. Hero switches knees by bringing L Knee between Opp legs and posting R Leg -> R
    • This position is generally called the ‘dope mount’
  4. Hero ‘crossfaces’ Opp by driving R shoulder to Opp neck/face
    • this flattens Opp out on to back and shoulders
  5. Hero R Knee slides into Opp L Chest/Side
  6. Hero comes to full mount by stepping L leg to Opp R Chest/Side

The Instructor in the following video does a great job of demonstrating Option #2. This video was posted in Youtube by BQuick Jiu Jitsu Europe. At the end of the video you can watch students practicing the transition.

Closed Guard Jump Pass

Closed Guard Jump Pass

  • Hero is in Opp Closed Guard
  1. Hero R Hand -> Opp Gi Stomach (keep elbow tucked tight to sides and inside Opp Leg
  2. Hero L Hand -> Opp R inner thigh Gi
  3. Hero Maintains high posture and pivots L (45 degrees); (AST) Hero Steps L Leg back  L (45 degrees)
    • this pivoting action helps to bring Hero R Knee -> Opp Tail Bone
  4. Hero L Forearm drives Opp R Thigh -> Ground
  5. Hero adjusts L Leg -> inside of Opp R Ankle (this is a key point)
  6. Hero jumps R + L Leg -> L past Opp R Leg (outside) preferably to knee on belly or side control
  7. Hero L Hand -> Opp back of neck
  8. Hero R Hand -> Opp R hip

Mount Escape: Elbow to Knee

  • Opp is mounted on Hero
  • Hero R + L Arms are in “Home Alone” position
  • If possible try to bridge to get Opp to collapse forward making his R + L Arms go to the mat.
    • This will take pressure off the Opp knees allowing for an easier transition.
  1. Hero R leg goes flat
  2. Hero R Arm/Elbow stays tight to R Side
  3. Hero turn R to pivots onto R Hip
  4. Hero R Knee goes under Opp R foot (AST) Hero R Elbow slides down Hero R Thigh (Elbow -> Knee)
  5. Hero turns L and switches/pivots Hips from R Hip to L Hip
  6. Hero L Elbow slides down Hero L Thigh (AST) Hero L Knee -> under Opp L Foot
  7. Hero turns back R to come to Open or Closed Guard

In the Video below which was posted by Gracie Barra’s Mark Mullen he starts with the L Leg(opposite to the instruction above).

Baseball Bat Choke from Side Control

Baseball Bat Choke from Side Control

  • Hero has Opp in R Side Control
  • Opp has R + L Hand in Home Alone Position
  1. Hero L Hand -> back of Opp L Neck Gi (thumb in)
  2. Hero R Arm swims under Opp L Arm; Hero R Hand -> 1-3 inshes beside Hero L and and ->Opp L Gi Lapel (four fingers in)
  3. Hero jumps up with L Leg posted L;  R knee on ground
    • often the Opp R Arm will defend by pushing on Hero R or L Arm to prevent pressure (not shown in video below)
  4. Hero R Knee slices L -> Opp R Arm to secure it -> ground; Hero may need to adjust L foot slightly L at this point.
  5. Hero bends R wrist to create “V” on outside of hand(this will fit nicely across Opp neck)
  6. Hero turns R -> N/S(Northsouth) (AST) Hero drops R Arm; Hero Head -> Opp R Hip to apply pressure
    • Hero R + L Elbows will touch or almost touch
    • Hero continues to turn to finish choke

This video from SidewinderBJJ does a great job demonstrating the Baseball Bat Choke

Baratoplata Shoulder Lock from Mount

Baratoplata Shoulder Lock from Mount

  • These steps attack the Opp L Shoulder (do opposite for R Shoulder)
  • Hero is mounted on top of Opp
  • Opp arms are in tight to defend (Home Alone Position)
  1. Hero R Arm -> UH Opp L Arm; (attack the bottom arm); Hero R Hand -> either the Opp L Wrist or to tie both arms up then the R Wrist
  2. Hero L Hand -> Opp R Elbow/Arm to hold it down
  3. Hero steps R leg up so knee is bent and R foot is on the ground.
  4. Hero steps L Leg over Opp (AST) turning R; Hero L foot ends up at Opp L Neck
  5. Hero R Hand -> Hero L Thigh (locking Opp L Arm in place
  6. Hero L Arm -> L Mat to adjust body as needed
    • Important for Hero to get underhook on Opp R Arm to keep Opp from moving/following Hero during submission
  7. Hero turns back L and sits hips down on the L side of Opp to finish Submission
  • Often at this point the Opp will feel danger and the Opp will bridge to their R to put Hero on their back
  • Hero maintains grips during this transition and can finish the Baratoplata from the bottem
  1. Hero Left hand -> Opp L back of Elbow
  2. Hero L Leg clamps down on Opp L shoulder and back to secure position
  3. Hero R Foot -> Opp L Hip
  4. Hero pushes with R Foot/Leg and moves hips to outside to finish Shoulder Lock

This video by Rafael “Barata” Freitas from Gracie Barra does an excellent job demonstrating the Baratoplata. Both it and my Jiu Jitsu Notes have helped me mentally understand it and to physically execute it while rolling.