Defending wrestling single leg to top position or back control
IG: @santinodefranco Here, I take Tracy Cortez’s back with a truck series. If someone shoots with their head outside, it’s an easy transition to the back or on top/referees position. If your opponent shoots with his head on the inside, just reap the head to the outside and drape over as you sit through. Follow me if you like this, and please feel free to ask questions. If you want to see something specific, let me know!
Best Single Leg Defense for BJJ and MMA to Beat Better Wrestlers
Here’s one of my favorite counters to a single leg—taking the back via far side head and arm. This defense can be used in wrestling, mma, and bjj—though one of my guys executed this perfectly in an IBJJF tournament years ago, and the ref gave the other guy points for a takedown, which was lame. That said, this is an excellent way to take the back against a good wrestler, especially if you want to counter with offensive grappling. The key to this move is to 1. get the head outside of the hip as soon as possible and 2. keeping the shoulder tight to the back of your opponent’s head. Next up, I’ll show another counter to a single leg where we end up on the back or with top position.
Guillotine choke sweep and finish
Here’s another guillotine choke sequence I’ve been using a lot lately. I show this from a failed arm-in guillotine from the guard, but you could set this up from butterfly guard as well. Make sure you dont let go of the grip during your roll/transition to mount. I let go here in the video just so I could give a better angle for the instruction, but if you notice during the beginning demonstration, I keep my hands locked. Also, there are two parts to this video (both uploaded here. Last! If you want any details covered, just ask.
BJJ guillotine to Anaconda transition
IG: @santinodefranco (Please share if you like this) Here’s a choke sequence Ive been using lately. I transition from a head and arm guillotine to an Anaconda choke. Then I roll through and come up on top and either take the back or transition to my Walsh choke (guillotine with arm between our bodies).
Another ninja back take
IG: santinodefranco (Please share if you like this) Taking backs is what I love, so here’s one more variation from the far side head and arm grip. 🥋 The key to this move is keeping a tight grip on the head and arm and jumping far/hard enough to the other side of your opp to carry your opponent’s weight with you. Then, make sure you keep rolling until your hook is in (the hook that trails behind you, not the knee that slid in between your opp’s body/leg) 🥋 If you have questions, let me know!
The BJJ Game Changer
IG: @santinodefranco (Please share if you like this) This is THE Game changer! Master this, and you will never lose back control again never may be a bit of hyperbole, but you get the point) This move is rightfully named “the game changer” and it really will change your grappling game for the better. When you have your opponent’s back and he escapes, it’s almost a given that you will immediately retake the back and keep control. The key to this move is keeping the head anchored tight with your shoulder (the same shoulder of the arm around your opponent’s neck). Also, you want to make sure you pull your opponent to you, and that you arent walking to your opp after you get to your knees. If you have questions, please ask!
Rolling bjj back take
IG: @santinodefranco (Please share if you like this) Here is another back take from the far side head and arm. This is a great way to break your opponents posture down when he/she has a good base, and you can’t lift them up. The key to making this technique work is to make your opponent do the work for you. This is less about you pulling your opponent over with you and more about having your opponent want to jump because there’s so much pressure on the neck. 🥋 The way to ensure neck pressure is to squeeze the arm around your opponent’s neck (if your far-side is correct, your opp should feel like he is being choked on one side of his neck), and drive your shoulder into his neck, forcing his head toward his groin. If you have a tight head and arm, and can put pressure on his head, you should be successful. 🥋 A few other tips: try to get the same hook in as the arm around your opp’s neck. We always want to choke with our bottom arm, and we want the same hook in to keep your opp in place. 🥋 Happy choking!
Taking the back from a far side head and arm part 1
IG: @santinodefranco Please share if you like this. I can’t think of a better technique in all of MMA/BJJ/Sub Grappling than taking the back—and subsequently finishing the rear-naked-choke. Here, I show a common way I like to take the back. Most people try to roll over the head or across the hip, which are both good options for the back, but I find that standing people up and pulling them backwards is both less strenuous, and catches my opponents off guard—making the entire process easier for me to break down their posture and slide my hooks in. The biggest details to focus on for this technique is to make sure you aren’t trying to get all the way around your opponent (it takes too long, and your opp will move before you can execute this), then making sure you really lift (like you would if you were deadlifting/performing floor cleans), and then ensuring your hook is in prior to your hips hitting the mats. If your opponent’s hips hit before your hook is in, he/she will most likely escape before you can secure position. I have recorded a few different back takes already from the referees/turtle position as well as some back takes when I have someone in side control (I’m in top position), and I will release them over the next couple of weeks. I am also planning on showing a couple details on how to finish the rear naked choke and a modification of the “short choke” when the rear naked isn’t viable. So, tune in, and if you have questions, please feel free to ask. IG limits the video to 1 minute, so details are limited due to time restraints. Also, if you want to see any other moves, please let me know.