ARM DRAG TO WHIP
You’re familiar with the phrase “less is more.” That same concept can be applied to takedowns for BJJ. You don’t have to have the fanciest and most elaborate takedown, you just have to have one that works, and execute it like an absolute savage.
When it comes to a basic takedown, having a good mix of basic judo and basic wrestling is the best combination for future success, especially when it comes to doing things on your feet. For BJJ, always remember your opponent wants to be on the ground. BJJ fights are rarely won on the feet, so you want to be on the ground too, but the difference is you want to be in control on the ground, not at the will of your opponent. The best way to ensure you’ll be in a position of control when you transition onto the floor is to make sure you have a killer takedown.
ARM DRAG TO WHIP – EXPLANATION OF EXECUTION
The Arm Drag to Whip is a super quick takedown and extremely effective against someone who wants to play on top, but is hoping that you’re the one to pull. Remember when we said we don’t necessarily need a complicated “bells and whistles” type takedown to get onto the floor? We just need something effective, and something you can feel confident executing. This might just be the ticket for you.
The arm drag to whip includes a similar concept of sweeping someone as they’re trying to pull, in order to score two points. The difference though, is that the arm drag to whip is pretty much the exact opposite in execution (pretty big difference, bear with me). This means that when your opponent tries to lock up and wrestle or do judo, you quickly take them down to hinder their progress in this move.
In short, you’re looking to gain control of your opponent’s arm, use their resistance as leverage to pull your body around theirs all the while maintaining control of their arm. When you step around them, the control of that arm turns into you snapping your elbow in tight, whipping their hips past yours and ultimately ending up on the ground. Once there, you’re looking to cover and take control of the fight on the ground.
Sounds simple, right? That’s because it is! Once again, the beauty of this takedown is that it isn’t overcomplicated. It is simplicity executed with perfection that will ultimately win you points and submissions, provided you capitalize on the opportunities you create for yourself.
A few final tips when trying this one out: Make sure you’re moving yourself around your opponent, you don’t want to try and drag your partner by you, that’s just wasted energy and won’t be effective. Second, try to get your free hand to your opponent’s opposite hip to really pull them past you. Third, make sure when you fall, you’re using gravity and really utilizing your grips to hang off of your opponent. And lastly, finish on top, don’t try and take the back. You just did all the work, stay on top and finish the job. Try it out and let us know how it goes!