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3 Great Wrestling Moves For BJJ From All American Wrestler Hudson Taylor

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Learn Wrestling For BJJ From Hudson Taylor!

Learning wrestling can give you a great advantage in grappling. In a pure Brazil Jiu Jitsu class, you will not always be training with professors who have any advanced knowledge in wrestling. There are many different wrestling styles, from catch wrestling to Greco Roman wrestling, to the funky style of guys like Ben Askren and 3x time all American wrestler Hudson Taylor.   

Hudson has just as many achievements in Jiu Jitsu as he does wrestling. Bernardo Faria convinced Hudson to start training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2014. 2 months later, Hudson was the No Gi Pan Ams Adult Blue belt Division Double Gold Champion. Then 6 months later Hudson won the IBJJF Worlds as a blue belt. As a purple belt Hudson won the No Gi Worlds in the adult division.

With this in mind, let’s explore how cross training Wrestling can be an effective methods for improving your Brazilian jiu jitsu game!

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Hudson has a unique approach to grappling that is great to learn, especially if you are looking for some techniques that are often difficult to defend. Today we will take a look at three wrestling techniques frin Hudson Taylor that you can incorporate into your jiu jitsu and instantly get better. Let’s check it out!

#1: Twisting Finish To Single

Ideally you want your single leg take downs to happen while in transit, but this will not always be the case. In a case where you have your opponent’s leg trapped but he has hopped backwards to create space you can finish by creating leverage. Typically your opponent will have a collar tie or will be grip fighting. When they have a collar tie you want to use your foot to block your opponent’s foot. As you do this bring your hand to your opponent’s elbow and turn your hips.

#2: Wrist Reversal

When your opponent has your back while you are in turtle position you can use this movement to reverse your opponent. Make sure your opponents knee is on the mat. Now you can lace your ankle on top of your opponent’s calve. Next take your cross hand and grab his wrist. You do not want to do this with your same side hand. Any time you are looking for reversals you want to maintain height and posture. Once you have the cross hand bring your knee up and take your opposite knee and slide it through. This will put your opponent onto their back. You still have the leg lace and wrist grip. To secure this position, switch your hands on his wrist and unlace your leg. Go belly down and come around your opponent’s head as your turn over. Make sure you stay tight as you finish into top side control.

#3: Granby To Escape

The final technique we will look at from Hudson Taylor is his granby to escape. This is a bottom technique that Hudson Taylor loves to end his chain of sequences with. In this case, your opponent is chopping you. The biggest thing you need to be aware of is your left leg. You do not want  your ankle to get trapped. If you Granby roll and your ankle is trapped you expose your back to your opponent. In order to do a good Granby you want to windshield wiper your feet. Bring your arm across your body and roll across your shoulder blades to hit your escape.

As you can tell, these wrestling moves certainly apply to common positions is problems you face every day in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. If you want to really set yourself apart from your training partners in class then I highly recommend looking further into Hudson Taylor’s instructional series, “Wrestling For BJJ.”

Wrestling For BJJ by Hudson Taylor

Learn The Wrestling Based System For Jiu Jitsu That Other BJJ Guys Can’t Defend. Hudson Taylor’s Wrestling System Can Be Adopted By Anyone To Takedown & Control Younger, Stronger Or Higher Belt Opponents – Even Black Belts.

Hudson can show you the easiest takedowns that give you the most bang for your buck. With just a little practice you should be able to takedown virtually any BJJ opponent. Why? BJJ guys don’t practice wrestling takedowns! Doing them or defending them! They are making major errors that you can exploit easily – once you know how! 

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