We also went over a wrestling takedown called the "Snap Down". I think it is more timing then anything. It would be cool if while pressing your forehead into the opponents temple that you got a tap but I think that unlikely.
This takedown fits more into sport BJJ. I don’t think in a street fight I’d be in a situation like this. This also seems to be for when someone just wants to grab on to you and isn’t sure what to do. If you look at my post "Dojo Wars At West Side", you will see towards the end when everyone was tired this became the dance of choice. If a few people knew the Snap Down they might have had a good chance to use it.
The key points I got from this are:
Applied pressure with the hand on the neck and the temple press causes discomfort and draw the opponents attention away from your true intent.
The snapping down motion as they step forward uses their own momentum to help throw them down.
The forearm on the neck along with your upper weight helps to pin them down and give you a chance to either go for the submission or move to a superior position.
During the lesson, two points were brought up. First of all if you have your arms over-under on your opponent he also has it on you. This means you can’t muck around, once you have the position you have to capitalize on it quickly or your opponent might.
The second point was foot placement. You step over to the opposite foot. You don’t need to make a large sweeping step. If you step to far you will be off balance and your opponent will easily throw you onto your back.
Getting into a clinch and working for dominate position by pommelling (working to get under the opponents arm with yours) is common. I think someone who gets proficient with the O-Goshi might find they get to use it quite often. It severs well in both gi and nogi of course which makes it a excellent takedown for you arsenal.
The Tomoe-Nage I feel really embodies Jiu-Jitsu. BJJ should be nearly effortless, I think. A well executed technique uses physics in your favor with little expenditure of energy on your part. The dropping of your weight is one of the main forces at work in the Tomoe-Nage. It is combined with the twisting motion as you go down to position your opponent onto your leg. As the momentum continues with your guidance the throw feels very natural and powerful. I also felt a lot of control with it. I could throw into mount or into a arm bar. The Tomoe-Nage has become my favorite throw. As shown in the video above there are variations to it. Its versatile and I plan on adding it to my throw/takedown arsenal in all its many forms.
We practiced takedowns a week ago on Tuesday. I had a pulled bicep and sat it out. After watching my videos it looked like Dojo Wars! With everyone going at once it was a battle scene. As time wore on you can see the fatigue setting in. By the time part 3 was being captured it turned from Dojo Wars to something like marathon dancing. LOL! Most of the guys are just learning grip fighting and takedown technique. I myself have nothing to brag about when it comes to grip fighting and takedown technique. I have been trying to improve by reading Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu: Revolutionizing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I did a review on it some time ago "Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu by Dave Camarillo with Erich Krauss". It has really opened my eyes. But book learning and practical application are two different things. I hope next week we have "Takedown Tuesday" as I’m calling it and I get a chance to go over some of the things I’m learning in the book. Until then its time to drill what I can solo from the instruction in Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu.