Dear Fellow Grappler,
Since I compete in both sports, people ask me all the time - What is better Judo or Jiu-Jitsu? The answer - It depends… The vast majority of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes emphasize ground grappling techniques while Judo classes emphasize standup grappling. So much can be gained by cross training in both sports. I think is fair to say that advanced Judo competitors have tremendous respect for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and the best Jiu-Jitsu practitioners have a lot of respect for Judo.
Over the last 10 years practicing Judo, I have given blood, sweat and tears mastering throwing and takedown techniques. In June of 2008, I won the US Olympic Trials and I made the 2008 Olympic team. Representing my country in Beijing was one of the proudest moments of my life; I can't even describe it. While I didn't win a medal, I was proud to finish 9th, and I am running, lifting and practicing every day to reach the medal platform in 2012.
Over the last couple of years I started cross training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and it has really helped my Judo game. I was really surprised at how even the new competitors were adept at utilizing ground grappling techniques. I have seen white belts pulling off really complicated moves in class and in competition. While I am amazed by how quickly the BJJ guys learn on the ground, I have noticed that they are making a lot of mistakes when grappling on their feet, and I have shown some of my new BJJ friends some quick fixes that helped their games tremendously. The Reality is….
Most Jiu-Jitsu Guys Are Making Lots Of Mistakes On Their Feet And The Errors Are Easy To Fix!
Is your ground game better than your standup game? Most Jiu-Jitsu competitors would undoubtedly say yes. It's pretty simple: if you train to get better on the ground, you will get better on the ground, but if you don’t practice standup techniques, you won't improve. Once I started teaching some of my BJJ friends standup techniques, they started improving their takedowns really quickly. In fact, many of them say that after a few adjustments to their posture, gripping, and throwing techniques, they feel even more comfortable on their feet than they do on the ground. They now realize:
When 2 Grapplers Are Evenly Matched, the Competitor Who Takes Their Opponent Down Wins At Least 75% of the Time
I've seen it time after time, a guy who is competing in class or in a competition scores a takedown and gets a mental edge along with 2 points. The guy on the bottom can sometimes overcome a point deficit and a bad position but it is much more likely, the guy on top will keep advancing and win the match or get the better of the practice session. If you can master some of the core techniques of standup grappling it can mean the difference between being taken down and taking your opponent down. Not knowing these techniques is like leaving points, wins and a lot of fun on the table - It is fun being the thrower, not being the throw-ee.
"Dan does a great job teaching takedowns. I would recommend his online course for any BJJ competitor"
Fabio Holanda - World Famous BJJ Competitor, MMA Fighter, and MMA Trainer. Current Trainer of UFC Middleweight Contender Patric Cote and assistant trainer to Welterweight Contender Thiago Alves. Has trained numerous stars such as Georges St. Pierre
"This is an excellent video to learn takedowns for BJJ"
Darrell Gholar - World Famous Wrestling and MMA Coach - has coached top MMA competitors such as Vitor Belfort, Murilo Bustamante, Ricardo Arona
"Dan has done a terrific job showing all kinds of takedowns for BJJ. I know Dan well and he is an excellent competitor and teacher"
Joao Amaral 2nd Degree Black Belt - Trainer of numerous National and World Champion BJJ Competitors
Lesson 1 - Cross Grip Sumi Gaeshi
I see it all the time, a strong opponent grabs a competitor firmly and whips them around like a rag doll. When I teach you what to do to this aggressor, you will be able to control them and use their strength against them.
Lesson 2 - Cross Grip Sumi to the Knee Pick
This is a great move when your fighting a competitor that is aware of the Cross Grip Sumi Gaeshi. When they react to the Cross Grip Sumi Gaeshi they open themselves up for this great and simple knee pick that will put you in great position.
Lesson 3 - Defending The Single and Double Leg Takedown
There are a lot of former wrestlers in Jiu-Jitsu classes and competitions, and if you don't know how to defend this mainstay move, they will hit you with it time after time.
Lesson 4 - Breaking Grips
If a strong guy grabs you and you can’t get his hands off of you, that isn’t a good feeling. After learning these techniques you will be able to peel anyone’s hands right off of you in no time.
Lesson 5 - Throw Defenses
Both wrestlers and Judo guys know how to throw and if you don't know how to properly stop these throws, you will be finding yourself down a takedown time and time again. There is a very reliable defense to each and I will explain it.
Lesson 6 - Knee Osoto Gari
I will demonstrate on video and in print the proper way to throw and set up this very reliable, low risk attack. I don’t know of any other course or video that shows my version of Osoto. I find it very easy to apply.
Lesson 7 - Hopping Ouchi Gari
This is a variation of a very common backward throw that if you know how to set up properly it can be used time and time again. I have a very unusual way of using this technique that I am betting you have never seen before.
Lesson 8 - Ouchi Gari Variation #2
This is another variation of the backwards throw Ouchi Gari and I have found to be very successful. If properly executed, this can become a very effective technique to give you a great transition into your ground game.
Lesson 9 - Stepping Foot Sweep
I will show you on video and in email how to drop an opponent with simple foot maneuver. Even if you don't successfully take your opponent to the mat, you will often create openings with the move.
Lesson 10 - Sasae
This is a great technique to knock an opponent down after creating the proper reaction and getting the right body position. This attack is there to be had in most matches and I'll show you how to capitalize on it
Lesson 11 - Firemans carry
This is a classic wrestling move that has gained a lot of popularity in all grappling sports. Even a big guy can pull off a firemans carry. I'll show you through video and email how to pull this move off each and every time.
Lesson 12 - Te Garuma
This technique is a great technique to use on an opponent right off the grip. It takes speed and explosion, and is an excellent technique to add to anyone’s game.
Lesson 13 - Step Behind Takedown
The Step Behind is a technique that has a unique entrance that is unexpected by many opponents. It is a great technique to use on any opponent to not only get the takedown but also to put you in great position for your transition to the ground game.
Lesson 14 - Kouchi
This is a very smooth low risk foot technique that will work on anyone if properly performed. I will show you the correct way to effectively execute this takedown.
Lesson 15 - Differences between Judo and Jiu Jitsu
These two sports have many similarities, but you cannot just use one for the other. You must learn them from someone who understands the different scoring and rules to each sport so that you are properly informed on what techniques to use.
"What If I am Still Confused After Watching Your Video and Reading Your Written Lesson?"
Ok, if you are still stuck, and since I am limiting each 36 day course to 100 people, I can afford to give my students some time. I pride myself on being a great teacher and I love to help my students improve. So if you buy my course ....
I will give you my personal email
...address and I will respond to 25 emails a week. I will print the best questions and answers and send those to the group every week as well. I think being able to ask a teacher a question can mean the difference between learning a technique and not and I want to help my students.
OK Dan, How Much?
I spend most of my time training and I don't teach much. When I do seminars, I charge $2,500 for the group minimum and I charge $150 for private lessons when I am able to find the time to schedule one. People say I could probably justify charging $200 per person if I was going to send them 15 videos along with accompanying lessons and frankly I am not even sure how to price being able to ask questions and have them personally responded to.
For a limited time, I am offering this course for only $27. When the 75 copies are gone, they are gone. As described below, there is a 60 day – No Questions Asked Guarantee
To summarize You get:
- 15 Video Lessons
- A Written Lesson for each technique illustrated with Pictures
- My Personal Email So You Can Ask Me Questions If You Get Stuck
There is no risk to trying it. If you are not Satisfied with the course at anytime in the first 60 days, I will gladly refund your money.
Thanks and I wish you the best in your grappling career,
2009 United States National Champion
2008 Olympian Judo (9th Place Finisher)