Why The Ankle Pick Is The Ideal BJJ Takedown

Most jiu-jitsu athletes have aweful takedowns, a strong breeze could put most of them straight to their back.  Despite this reality, someone looking to bring a BJJer to the mat must proceed with a certain degree of caution.  While it’s true that you won’t have to be too concerned with them hitting a switch or a granby they will try to snag a submission on the way down.  Leaping guillotine chokes are a standby for guard players who find themselves standing across from strong wrestlers.

Enter the ankle pick a takedown where there is virtually no chance of a counter submission.  Not only that, the transition from takedown to pass is extremely smooth.  While the ankle pick shown here is being used without the gi, the move actually becomes more powerful once the attacker can grab the lapel.

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  1. Great article! I’m curious why do you think most BJJ guys have such bad takedown defence? Is it because they don’t mind being on their backs or is it because takedown defence and takedowns are not practised enough?

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