Mind Blown Module 8 Takedowns – Gracie Kentucky Q & A

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  1. Eric S September 28, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Hi Henry, During the seminar you mention that the fireman’s carry is one of your favorite throws. If it’s not too off topic, would you mind talking about that one a little bit? Thanks as always!

  2. Francisco J September 29, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Hi Henry. In one of the yours vídeos, you’ve said that Rickson was able to survive agaisnt against takedows from high level wrestlers and judocas. Could you please talk a little bit more about the theory behind it. Thanks.

  3. Bobby H September 30, 2017 at 1:35 am

    Hi Henry, in all the videos you are reacting to the opponents collar grip/collar tie or clinch I’d just like to know what you strategy is in terms of making proactive grips for a takedown and do you like a right leg forward stance (dominant leg/hand) like a wrestler or judoka or orthodox as many bjj practitioners seem to and why, sorry if the questions are too general I’d just like to practice these techniques in the best way as I’ve adopted a right leg forward stance which gives and takes away different options depending on the opponents stance and which side collar they try to grab. Many thanks.

  4. Juan M September 30, 2017 at 9:23 am

    What examples of drills or class activities do you use to ingrain the takedowns that were shown (or any other fundamental takedowns that you deem as important)?

  5. Keegan Y September 30, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Hi Henry, you demonstrate in several videos how having a solid base makes it difficult for your opponent to break your balance and/or to step across and go for an Osoto Gari. But, most throws require that you break your opponent’s balance prior to or at least during executing them. So could you discus the details in terms of angles and mechanics (and maybe timing) of breaking balance for say an Osoto Gari (outside trip) and how those principles might apply to breaking balance/posture in general?

    Thanks, and sorry if this is off topic.

  6. Carl C September 30, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Hey Henry,

    What takedowns do you recommend for self defense?
    Thx Carl

  7. Neal W September 30, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Hi Henry, can you explain the arm action when breaking double unders? Are you just squeezing and stretching the arms down? Also, if you have time for a second question, is there a specific reason you are putting one hand on the low back after the snap down?

  8. Cameron S September 30, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Hi Henry,
    Thanks for all the gold so far.
    I just have 2 questions if there’s time:
    1. Do you have any tips for a smaller person in achieving the body fold double unders takedown on a much larger person? I find leg hook works or transitioning to leg takedowns can work well, however just wondering if you can explain the mechanics of how you look to break a person’s posture backwards, via the fold epsec, on a bigger opp.

    2. Any drills you have for setting base and the transition between setting push and pull bases while maintaining base side to side.
    Many thanks in advance!

  9. Clint S September 30, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    Hi Henry.

    This was another high value module! As an aside last month I had the pleasure of attending a Rickson seminar (actually I saw Niko there!), and we started out with a fair bit of standup.

    I wanted to say I appreciate your teaching method of choosing a few high-percentage scenarios, then going ‘deep’ into the principles and details that make the techniques effective and efficient. And your method of dealing with variations from the initial position help me adapt to the dynamics of sparring, and increase my retention of the technique.

    My question relates to Module 14 (“Throwing when they run to your Back”). I’ve had good success with the Outside Leg Trip, as well as the Drop Seoi Nage, from the arm position as shown at 0.15 – 0.22 (Module 14); controlling their humerus and not letting it up onto your shoulder. However feel I’m loosing a bit of connection if I was to use a ‘baseball bat’ variation where I grip at the wrist, compared to the humerus?

    I’m interested in your insights on initiating the throw using a baseball grip (i.e. Grabbing their arm like it was a baseball bat when facing them) and then transitioning into the throw. I might do this, for example, if they held an edged weapon and I needed to keep that hand away and prevent them from transitioning the weapon to their other hand (like at 0.38 of Module 14).

    My position would be just like 0.40 (Module 14) but with both my arms extended away from both myself and my opponent, and my grips at the juncture of the their wrist/hand. They would still be moving toward my back and my hips projected back into them.

    How can I maintain solid connection to them in this situation, and produce an equally effective throw? What parts of your body would you connect with, and where would you connect to on them? Would you still look to place the inside of their arm on your humerus, rather than over your shoulder? And what angles would you be looking to achieve?

    I find I can easily drop to my knees (drop seio nage) and disarm from there, but have a preference to stay standing in this circumstance.

    I hope this is not off topic and that you have some useful principles and details to consider. Any insights you have would be appreciated.


  10. Francisco J October 1, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Hi Henry. Do you have any special defense for double leg takedown? Especially one which you don’t have to place your knee on the ground.

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  12. John Taylor August 4, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    Alot of Good Question’s 👍🏻….

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