Butt Scott Your Way To A Double Leg Takedown
Butt Drag To Double Leg by Jake Mackenzie
In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the half guard is everywhere. You will often see high level BJJ players use the half guard as their primary guard for attacking and defending in competition. It is a well developed guard, with many different styles including a variety of techniques. Often times in half guard, how you attack defends on your opponent. It is important to remember when playing half guard that you should be looking to exploit your training partner’s positioning, especially if they gain an advantage of you. Attacks from the half guard are just a critical to retaining your guard if you want to be a well rounded Brazilian Jiu Jitsu player. This concept is known as “action, reaction.”
Jake Mackenzie may be the most knowledgeable half guard specialist in Brazil. Learn The Top Secret Half Guard System From The Canadian Who Infiltrated Brazil’s Toughest School
Nobody understands this better than Jake Mackenzie. Mackenzie has a ton of experience competing in the international Brazilian Jiu Jitsu circuit against some of the best in the world. Jake is a Canadian born Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu. He is known for his mastery of the half guard as well as deep half guard, and it regarded as one of the top grapplers of his generation. Jake’s list of accolades is long, with some of his main titles at black belt being: 4x Brazilian National Teams Champion, 2x Brazilian National No Gi Champion, 2x São Paulo International Open Champion, World Masters Champion, São Paulo International No Gi Open Champion, Floripa International Open Champion, Brasilia International Open Champion, Chicago International Open Champion, and 2nd place South American Championship.
Today Jake Mackenzie is here at BJJ Fanatics Headquarters in Massachusetts to demonstrate one of his favorite half guard techniques, the butt drag to double leg. This is a great technique for an opponent who is stalling on top and not sure which direction to take. Watch the video below of Jake Mackenzie demonstrating his butt drag to double leg technique and then we will break it down. Check it out now!
A lot of times when you are playing bottom half guard, you will secure your under hook and catch the guy on top floating in limbo. This is a great opportunity for you to go for a double leg. In this case, Jake Mackenzie feeds his opposite arm through to his training partner’s far leg, but is blocked from doing so. Now Jake follows his opponent up by posting on his hand and readjusting his leg. This causes his opponent to move into a tripod stand with a wide base, exposing his legs for a double leg. As soon as your training partner’s legs are open you want to switch your setup, using hooks similar to butterfly guard. From here Jake gets his feet back, grabs the far leg and pressures forward with his head on the outside of his training partner to topple him over with a double leg. He ends the double leg by moving into side control.
This is a really unique attack from half guard. Remember, that good half guard play depends entirely on reacting to your opponent’s action. In this example by Jake Mackenzie, he is prevented from hitting a sweep when his opponent blocks his leg. This is a great set up for the double leg take down. By flowing with your opponent you open up a world of attacks, sweeps, and submissions. The double leg take down can be an effective way to gain an unexpected advantage that your opponent will not see coming. Give this one a shot the next time you are in a live roll or in competition. It could make a huge difference in your game. Thank you Jake Mackenzie for demonstrating this technique for us today!
Everybody feels in trouble when they play half guard with Jake. Now, it’s your turn to make everyone feel this way about your game.
When you finish watching this series you’ll leave them thinking you were born on the mat. REMEMBER! Half guard is a safe guard to play. It has no age or body-type restriction. Anyone can play it - literally.
The problem is most people play half guard wrong. Jake is like an encyclopedia when it comes to half guard. He’s all about technique without force and shows you game-changing details.