Wrestling for BJJ: Lateral Drop Throw

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The lateral drop is an effective wrestling throw that works well in BJJ.  It can be used to take down an opponent directly in side control, or Kesa Gatame (Judo).  In Freestyle and Greco-Roman Wrestling this takedown would normally score 3 points, however in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu all takedowns currently score only 2 points.  In either case the lateral drop lands you in a very dominant position!

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Technique: Side Sacrifice Judo Throw for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Judo Classes at Grappling Mastery in Mount Dora, Florida

Here is a variation of a side sacrifice Judo throw that takes little effort to bring an opponent to the ground.  Similar to Yoko Sutemi Waza, Yoko Otoshi, and a few other Judo throws, we will utilize modified grips for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu securing an overhook holding the lapel or an underhook with the collar.  Secure the opponents far elbow and pinch the wrist with your armpit for a far side overhook. In a one-legged squatting motion, “glue” the bottom of your foot to the opponents ankle for a sacrifice throw that will give you knee on belly position or side control.  You could also counter this throw with the same exact takedown since it can be thrown with an overhook or an underhook.

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What is Grappling?

Grappling Mastery: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & MMA Academy

Grappling is a style of fighting that does not involve punches, kicks, or any other type of striking.  Some Martial Arts that use Grappling Techniques are Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Wrestling, Judo, and Sambo.  Some striking arts have grappling elements such as Muay Thai and Sanshou or Sanda.

Grappling specializes in Throws, Takedowns, Controlling your Opponent, Dominant Positioning, Sweeps, Joint Locks, Chokes, and other Submissions.  Some Grappling Styles use a Gi, or Kimono, while others do not.

In the early days of UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championships) Grappling was introduced as a formidable style of fighting when Royce Gracie and the Gracie Family fought in a No Holds Barred tournament to show which styles came out on top.  Royce beat most opponents without throwing a single punch and used a lackluster front kick only to distract people from his attempt to clinch for a takedown.  His biggest rivalries were against Ken Shamrock, a submission fighter and Dan Severn, a Greco-Roman Wrestler.  He also had a notable fight against Kimo Leopoldo, in which Kimo was credited as a Taekwondo Black Belt, though he also wrestled growing up.

Other UFC, King of the Cage, and Pride FC matches proved over and over that Grappling Arts were superior to the striking arts.  Not until later, when strikers started to learn techniques from Grappling and how to counter them, did they start to overcome the grapplers.  In response, Grapplers started to learn how to strike and combined it with Grappling.  This was the evolution of mixed martial arts we see today.  Many fights now come down to who the better athlete was, not which martial art is superior.  This is because the athletes are both familiar with striking and grappling.  Grappling remains a vital part of every MMA fighter’s training regimen.

At Grappling Mastery we specialize in the Grappling Arts.  Professor Brian Ruscio is a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and has been Wrestling since 5 years of age.  He also has extensive knowledge of Judo and Sambo techniques.  Grappling Mastery also offers Muay Thai Kickboxing Classes to compliment our Grappling Techniques.  Muay Thai Coach Mike Sgroi and Professor Brian Ruscio both have a history of training MMA Fighters, both amateur and professional, some even appearing on TUF (The Ultimate Fighter) and UFC.

Come try a FREE Class at Grappling Mastery to see what Grappling is all about.  We have a great group of people waiting to help you!

Snap Down Setup for Fast Double Leg Takedowns

Brian Ruscio of Grappling Mastery demonstrates how to hit fast double leg takedowns by setting them up with a simple snap down.  This takedown setup is great for BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu), No-Gi, Submission Wrestling, and Freestyle Wrestling.

BJJ Professor/Wrestling Coach Brian Ruscio teaches out of Grappling Mastery in Lake County, Florida.  Grappling Mastery is located minutes from Mount Dora, Eustis, Tavares, Leesburg, and Apopka.  To learn more awesome takedowns and other techniques, Subscribe to our Youtube Channel or join the Grappling Community by subscribing to our Grappling News Feed.  Grappling Mastery is the Best BJJ Academy in Central Florida for Self Defense and MMA!!  We invite you to try it out for 30 Days Free and meet the team!!

Side Suplay (Suplex) Defense to Headlock

The Belly to Side Suplay (aka Suplex) is a wrestling throw that serves as a spectacular counter to a Head & Arm Throw or Headlock.  This throw requires practice with a wrestler’s bridge but once drilled to perfection you can easily lift and throw bigger opponents over your head.  With a perfect arch you can achieve a “Grand Amplitude” giving you 5 points in Greco and Freestyle Wrestling Competition.  This is NOT considered a Slam in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as it is a natural arc, with no changes in the direction of the throw!  There is also no spiking motion.  In the video below we’ve slowed down the motion so you can see the details of the throw.  As this demonstration was for training purposes, Coach Ruscio opted to take our opponent to his back instead of over the back of his neck and head to save our training partner possible injury.  Notice the smiles afterward 😉

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For more Awesome Throws and Wrestling Techniques to add to your Grappling and BJJ, come check out Grappling Mastery in Lake County Florida for 30 Days Free, minutes from Mount Dora, Eustis, Tavares, Leesburg, and Apopka!