I put together a highlight video of takedowns I’ve scored throughout my 15 years of competing.
Some of the more notable take downs here are against BJJ legend Saulo Ribeiro, ADCC champion Jeff Monson, Roy “Big Country” Nelson, and ADCC Absolute Champion Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu.
As you can see, I have fought in my share of absolute divisions, and I have almost always been the smaller guy. That doesn’t stop me from scoring take downs.
If you notice my take downs of choice are head single legs – a balance take down, and a sweeping double leg – a misdirection that causes the opponent to sprawl and break their balance.
Bigger men are more susceptible to losing balance, and whenever you attack balance it doesn’t require much power. Avoiding take downs that require more strength and attacking the hips will help you avoid getting crushed.
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