Fireman’s Carry (Kata Guruma) For BJJ


There are some take downs that BJJ people say won’t work. Some of those people get the idea that those techniques will only work in other competitions such as Sambo or Judo. But that is ignorance. Every single Judo throw can be adapted for BJJ use. But to many BJJ practitioners have a superiority complex, where they won’t admit that another grappling art can be effective along with Jiu Jitsu. One of those techniques that gets scoffed at far too often is the kata guruma, or better known in the US as the fireman’s carry. The fireman’s carry is a take down that is fast and furious and will put an opponent on his back in an instant. Let’s see how Judo legend, Jimmy Pedro shows the fireman’s carry for BJJ use.

Get the step & the correct grips

For the fireman’s carry, you will start with the standard lapel and wrist grabs. It is so that you can somewhat mask what this technique will be. As you see, Jimmy has the right wrist grabbed and his left hand is grabbing the lapel. He will pull his opponent to make him step, and when he does step, he will switch a grip. His left hand will leave the lapel and will reach over the opponent’s arm, grabbing the gi high up on the tricep. This will be for optimal control.

Drop under & lift

So once you have the correct grips, you will be able to move to further the take down. You will almost do a motion similar to a shot as you drop your weight all the way under the opponent’s center of gravity. Your grip on the tricep is still strong and you must use your right hand to grab the opponent’s near side leg while you pull down the tricep. From there, you need to look up and lift him off of the ground. The opponent’s legs should be off of the mat.

Stand up & somersault

When the opponent is no longer touching the mat, it is time to finish. Post one of your legs strong and use that post to stand up. Once you’ve stood up, you need to somersault. This will put a ton of weight on the opponent’s mid section and can definitely knock the wind out of him. You can then either stand up and re-engage or you can turn inward and most likely get side control.

The fireman’s carry is a take down that needs to be drilled slow to start, then fast and then used fast in rolling. If you try to use this in a slow manner in rolling, you could get caught in a crucifix. So when you’re going to use it, use it with authority. Got it? Now if you want to improve your Judo take down skills then you must check out…

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