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Slick "Kick Start" Back Take From Turtle Position

Slick "Kick Start" Back Take From Turtle Position


Learn The Kickstart Back Take From Mike Palladino

Mike Palladino, is a World Champion Grappler, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Player, and Founder of Evolution Grappling Academy. In October of 2017, Palladino represented the U.S. in the Combat Wrestling World Championship, held in Honjo, Saitama, Japan. Winning all of his matches by submission to earn the Gold Medal in the 74kg division. Mike is a BJJ Black belt under the tutelage of 3x IBJJF World Champion and Soul Fighters Co-Founder, Rafael “Formiga” Barbosa and Submission Grappling Wizard and Sambo Master Vladislav Koulikov. A practitioner of combat sports for over a decade, Mike is a U.S. Combat Wrestling National Champion, a 2x Pan American Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Medalist and multiple time Submission Fighting champion, holding 9 championship titles under his belt.

Enhancing his skill set as an Instructor as well as a competitor, Mike has traveled internationally for training trips to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Moscow, Russia and the Netherlands. With his experience and extensive knowledge, Mike has been invited for training camps to participate as a partner for top UFC contenders as well as Olympic Champions. With his credentials, Mike has become the “Go to” source for Self Defense / Defensive Tactics among Law Enforcement, teaching Cadets at the prestigious West Point, Correctional Officers of the CERT Team of maximum security prison Green Haven and the Marine Corps at Stewart Air Base in Newburgh, NY. In August of 2015, Mike Palladino was named the Coach of the West Point MMA team.

As a Coach, Mike has led his students to multiple championships. Under his tutelage his students have earned Gold Medals at the No Gi Pan Americans, ADCC Submission Tournaments, The Good Fight, NAGA, Grapplers Quest and multiple other Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Submission Wrestling tournaments.

Mike is a true example of a modern grappling martial artist. BJJ, Sambo, Wrestling... etc are all part of Mike's grappling skill-set. Mike is especially known for his vicious back attacks.


Here is a video of Mike Palladino demonstrating what he calls the “kick start back take.” Watch the video then we will break down the technique. Check it out!

Mike starts off the kick start back take from side control against his opponent who is in the turtle position. The key detail here is to use your heel of your foot the rip up your opponent’s leg so you can take his back and sink your hooks in. This is a great way to take the back. Palladino also demonstrates how to take the back using a roll through. Here is knee is right right in between his opponent’s knees. He is hip to hip and then goes to his harness, picks the leg and rolls all the way through. In that transition is where you want to look for the setup for a submission. Mike gives some really cool advice right here, “I always want to try to catch a submission in the midst of the battle.”

The next time your opponent turtles give this kick start back take a try! It is a great way to break their defense down and get a fast submission from the back.

The turtle position is a powerful dominating position, but can be very difficult to finish. Many grapplers are starting to favor the turtle position to escape and defend against a variety of submission attempts. Mike Pallidino is a master at opening his opponent up in the turtle position and hitting them with just about every submission. His DVD / On Demand series called Killer Turtle Attacks will make you a master at finishing from this position. A MUST have for wrestlers and takedown oriented grapplers.



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