Judo for Jiu Jitsu – Back Take

Fight 2 Win athlete and 3rd degree Judo black belt Matt Jackson and his son Lawson share Matt’s back take, a technique that tailored for Jiu Jitsu players.

Judo and Jiu Jitsu share a common root, but as each art developed, they focussed on different elements of the grappling game. In recent years, it has become increasingly common for Jiu Jitsu players to cross train in Judo to improve their takedown game. Here, Matt shows us the back take, a great addition to a BJJ takedown arsenal.

The back take starts from the cross sleeve grip. As Matt explained in his Stickyfoot video, you want to dominate the grips and not allow yourself to be in a 50-50 position where you are both equally in a position to trade skills.

Reach across and pull their opposite sleeve across your body, keeping it close to you. While you grab their belt, you will want to step your far leg in and put your other leg between their legs, popping out their near leg with your hips. This is called the stab.

Rather than try and throw him like a normal judo player would, you guide him forward onto his hands and knees, then you can step forward and take his back. You then roll in and get your hooks in as you normally would.

There is also an option to get the arm bar, rather than the back take. As you guide them forward, you keep hold of the sleeve, with the arm pinned to your chest, and step over their head. You then fall back with their arm into the arm bar.

Stay tuned to Revgear University for more from Matt, so you can level up your takedown game and get the benefit of adding judo to your skill set.

Tom Billinge Tom is the Editor of Revgear Sports and the founder of WarYoga. He is a 10th Planet purple belt and a Muay Thai Kru having spent over two decades in the sport in Thailand and around the world. Tom has trained Lethwei in Myanmar, Kushti wrestling in India, Zurkhaneh sports in Iran, boxing throughout Europe, and catch wrestling in the USA. Tom also resurrected the ancient techniques of traditional British bareknuckle pugilism from archaic manuals.