Russian by Pete Shoemaker

Head coach of Precision Jiu Jitsu Spring Mount, PA and Fight 2 Win athlete Pete Shoemaker shows us his way of working the Russian to get to a takedown

When your opponent gets a collar on you, you will typically need to clear it to get the takedown.Pete likes to use the Russian to do the job. First he puts his thumb on the outside of his opponent’s elbow. Next, Pete crowds his opponent and shrugs to clear the collar from his neck. He then grabs the Russian tie.

People don’t like you to have this control, so they tend to push your head away with their free arm. Pete gets past this obstacle by using the arm he has in Russian to clear the pushing arm. First he steps in with his inside leg while pushing the arm in Russian up, then he releases it to shoot for the double leg.

Pete’s way of working the Russian capitalises on his bad head position to turn the tables on his opponent. From collar tie, to crowd and shrug, to Russian, to double leg, the sequence takes him from being tied up to taking down his opponent.

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To stay up to date with him, follow Pete Shoemaker and Precision Jiu Jitsu on Instagram and keep an eye on the Fight 2 Win channels to see when he is next fighting. If you are in the greater Philadelphia area, then check out Precision Jiu Jitsu in Spring Mount.

Check out Pete’s previous techniques The Shoehorn and How to Escape the Tie to learn more of his style.

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.