Easy Takedowns for BJJ (No Gi)

Takedown System for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

The Most Common Positions you’ll find yourself in regarding wrestling in BJJ are:

  1. Wrestling Clinch
  2. Wrist Control
  3. Over/Under Position (or a variation)
  4. Single Leg

The easiest way to get a takedown, in my opinion, is often an ankle pick or from a headlock or variation.

If you are new to wrestling, getting to know the snap-down into a headlock is a good starting point:

Takedown From Wrestling Clinch

Wrestling Clinch – Switch – Takedown

wrestling clinch

You have to watch the start of this GIF closely to see what’s going on.

The bald guy starts with a standard wrestling clinch with his right hand (orthodox stance/left foot forwards), but immediately switches it so that his his left arm grips the head as he steps forwards slightly with his back leg.

This gives him distance to attack the leg (unsuccessfully) – then the head

The video is trimmed at that point, but the bald guy sprawls with an anoconda grip

Takedown From Wrist Control

Snapdown into Headlock

From Opponent’s Wrist Control


Takedown from Over/Under Position

  1. Snapdown to Headlock

2. Single Leg

Simple Takedown Defence to Common Wrestling Takedowns

Single Leg Defence

Double Leg Defence

About Drew

MMA, Fitness & Marketing enthusiast from North Wales, UK. A Stoic Hippy with no hair. Not to boast but - 1st Class Degree in Sports Science from Loughborough, MSc in Nutrition from the University of Liverpool. 20 years experience of weight & fitness training.
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