Counter to Takedown into Submission

A Technique from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Courtesy Rebecca Motte and

Instructor: Luis "Sucuri" Togno

These techniques should only be practiced with the supervision of an experienced instructor.
Practicing the moves incorrectly could result in serious bodily injury or death.

Several popular take downs begin with your opponent trapping and lifting your leg.

One way to get the leg, is to pull their gi lapel forcing them to step forward and you just do an ankle pick. (pictured on left) Another way is from the down position - you slide your hips in close to their leg, hook their leg with your inside leg and do a technical stand up bringing the leg with your leg as you stand (Pictured on right)

2: Billy moves forward to trap Sucuri's leg. He hooks the leg with his right leg and wraps his left arm around Sucuri's leg. Billy can secure this grip by grabbing his own gi - or by grabbing Sucuri's gi tails or belt.

3: Billy does a technical stand up and brings Sucuri's leg up tight to his body. To start the counter - Sucuri immediately presses on Billy's head.

4: As Sucuri presses Billy's head away - he circles his leg to the outside and hooks his foot into Billy's hip. Your leg is much stronger than his hand so he will not be able to hold your leg strong enough to prevent this. Anytime they have your leg lifted in this manner - the most important thing for you to do is to get your leg to the outside of his hip.

5: Once your leg is to the outside - there will be an opening under his arm to feed your arm through. Sucuri feeds his right arm under Billy's left arm and then grabs his left wrist which is pushing Billy's head.

6: Once you have a secure grip on the arm and are controlling the head - ‘kick' your leg backwards to free your leg.

7: When Sucuri gets his leg free - he takes his left hand and grabs Billy's left wrist.

8: Sucuri then figure four's his hands to control Billy's arm. Make sure the grip is very secure and his arm is pulled in tight to you.

9: Next - Sucuri steps forward with his left leg and brings his shin into Billy's hip - or for BEST results bring your FOOT into the hip as you sit back to the floor. The foot in the hip will press him away from you so that you have room to bring your left leg over and so that you can prevent him from just coming down into your guard. You also want to keep his arm "stuffed" so that the wrist will end up trapped between your legs below your hips.

10: Sucuri takes his left leg over Billy's shoulder keeping Billy's left arm trapped.

11: Sucuri then figure fours his legs and pulls his right heel towards the ground to tighten the pressure, as he pulls his left arm free and grips palm to palm with his right hand for the submission.

This information was originally published on, and is reproduced on BJJ.Org with the express permission of Rebecca Motte from Page downloaded on Fri Oct 11 18:15:39 PDT 2002.
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