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Kneeling Ippon Seoi Nage For The Win

Kneeling Ippon Seoi Nage For The Win


Joao Rocha BJJ Throw: Kneeling Ippon Seoi Nage

BJJ Black Belt Joao Rocha of Soul Fighters, hits a beautiful Kneeling Ippon Seo Nage a the BJJ Tournament: IBJJF New York Pro.

João Gabriel Rocha is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) under Rafael “Formiga” Barbosa and Leandro Escobar. Before earning his black belt (on January 2013), João Gabriel Rocha was regarded as one of the top brown belts in the world, having won every important competition on the BJJ calendar. He has since become one of the top contenders of the super heavyweight black belt division, with medals at the world’s top tournaments.

Ippon Seoi Nage is a very common judo / ju jitsu throw to drive your opponent into the ground. It is one of the nineteen accepted techniques in Shinmeisho No Waza of Kodokan Judo. It is classified as a hand throwing technique, or te-waza. In BJJ it is often refered to as the Whizzer.

Judo style throws are highly effective techniques to be practice and then use in BJJ and other styles of grappling such as submission wrestling. They give you alternative ways of getting your opponent to the ground that is not of the regular variety.


You know who's really good at Judo... Travis Stevens, Judo Olympic Silver Medalist. His coach is Jimmy Pedro, Judo Olympic Bronze Medalist and coach of the USA Olympic team. They've got an incredible DVD / On Demand Series called The Takedown Blueprint. This series is the MUST have takedown series for the modern Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitor. Not only are you going to learn the best judo throws for jiu jitsu, but you're also going to learn the gripping patterns and system that both Travis and Jimmy have used to become some of the best Judo fighters in the world.

Here is a quick summary of what you will learn in the Takedown Blueprint with Travis Stevens and Jimmy Pedro.

  • Osoto Gari – Outer Reaping Throw – One of the first throws every grappler needs to know. It is a powerful judo throw to use against an opponent leaning or pulling backwards
  • Knee Osoto Gari – This one is slick!! We've never seen it before and it's guaranteed to catch your BJJ training partners of competitors. This is great for people who like to throw to the opposite side of the traditional osoto gari.
  • Drop Seoi Nage – The drop seoi nage is a favorite of many BJJ athletes include João. It's surprisingly low risk, and very powerful. The challenge is in the grip.
  • Ippon Seoi Nage – Very similar to the drop seoi nage, but with the arm. Again, a low risk throw, unless you don't know how to stop your opponent from getting the back. Don't worry Travis will break it down for you.
  • Tomoe Nage – This is one of the favorites of many guard players. If the throw doesn't work, you'll end up in the guard. But, the insights Travis demonstrates will have your opponents THINK you're pulling guard, but instead you're taking them for the ride of their life.
  • Tai Otoshi – The tai otoshi is one of the most powerful throws in judo. It suits those with longer legs, but we find it to be one of the most rewarding judo throws due to the sound people make when they hit the mats.
  • One Handed Tai Otoshi – A Travis Stevens specialty that is a very cool way to do the Tai Otoshi throw, but will catch most jiu jitsu guys sleeping.
  • Ouchi Gari – Inner reap – The ouchi gari is great for BJJ, No gi grappling and MMA. It is relatively safe, and can produce high rewards. Just be careful not to get scissor swept when you finish.
  • Sumi Gaeshi – This is a similar "feel" to the Tomoe Nage since it is another sacrifice throw. This is a GREAT counter to leg attacks from wrestlers or aggressive newbs.
  • Fireman’s Carry – One of the coolest throws in judo / all grappling arts where your opponent is over your shoulders. Their set up for the fireman's carry is beautiful and will definitely put your opponent's ass on the mats.
  • AND MORE - including how to use Judo against aggressive wrestlers.

Take your throwing game for jiu jitsu to new levels by learning from two of the greatest takedown marital artists who have ever lived.



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