Adapting the Single Leg Takedown For BJJ With Andre Galvao

Andre Galvao doesn’t want to see your knees on the floor. He also doesn’t want his numerous Atos competitors getting guillotined or sprawled on when shooting their takedowns, so he’s changed the way he executes and teaches the single leg.

Here, Galvao and host Bernardo Faria go over the single leg adaptations he prefers for BJJ, starting with a stiff armed push on your opponent’s shoulder to create space to grab their leg while you’re still standing. Keeping an upright posture once you isolate the leg is key, Galvao demonstrates, since you can’t get guillotined if you haven’t handed your neck to your opponent by hinging over at the hips. Cutting a slight angle and pressuring down on their leg with your bicep while pivoting completes the move.

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Kimberly Kaye
Kimberly Kaye is a purple belt under NOLA MMA's Professor Matthias Meister, Mestre Valencio Cocada, and Ray Lopez. When she's not being choked or kicked by large Louisianians, she's an integrative wellness coach working primarily with fighters and autoimmune disease patients. In her free time she rehabilitates of deaf bully breed dogs no one else wants. Kimberly coexists with the rare diseases CIPO and Ehler-Danlos Syndrome, and is an advocate for disabled individuals in the martial arts community and world at large.
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