This is a continuation from my post 6 Steps of The Shot or Take Down from the Take Down Seminar at West Side Jiu Jitsu. I just posted Secrets of The Single Leg Take Down or Shot. Here is one of the single leg take down finishes that Clint went over called “Run The Pike”. I got most of it but my video recorder filled up and cut off the last. It has enough of the technique to learn it. I especially like this technique because I feel it is what BJJ is all about, technique. Its called a momentum technique Clint says. You don’t need muscle to do it. You are just falling away from your opponent. You are using the weight of your body and gravity to throw the person. I weigh about 212lb. My 40lb. 3 year old daughter likes to charge and crash into me. If I’m not ready for it she can knock me off balance. If she really blind sides me at the right time she can just about knock me over. I use this example to illustrate the point that only 40lb. directed correctly can bring you down. So with little effort a smaller person can use “Run the Pike” to take down a much larger opponent.
Clint simply steps back and drops his body. It reminds me of going down a spiral stair case. The dropping and sweeping motion create the technique. One thing I didn’t include in the videos is that once have them on the ground don’t stop! You can do a double leg bind for instance and then move to side control. Check the video: