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Stop The Double Leg With A Reverse Triangle Choke??

Stop The Double Leg With A Reverse Triangle Choke??

Travis Stevens Double Leg Defense With Reverse Triangle

In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, as with other grappling arts such as wrestling and SAMBO, the double leg take down is one of the most commonly used methods of taking an opponent to the ground. The double leg takedown or ‘morote gari’ is a highly effective takedown used in wrestling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It is important to remember that all fights start standing, so knowing how to defend yourself from a double leg take down is crucial, especially when it comes to an attacker who is very good at hitting them.

Learn more takedown defense and takedowns from two of the best takedown grapplers in the world: Travis Stevens and Jimmy Pedro

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Today Travis Stevens is going to show a reverse triangle when a wrestler tries to use a double leg takedown. Wrestlers have amazing single leg and double leg take downs! If there is anyone who knows this, it is Travis Stevens. Travis is a judoka and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu player from the Unites States. He has competed in the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Summer Olympics. On August 9, 2016, Stevens became the third American male judoka to win a silver medal in the Olympics. Stevens has a world of experience when it comes to defending against double leg take downs.

Let us take a look at Travis Stevens double leg defense. In the demonstration today, Travis will use the double leg defense to set up a reverse triangle. This is an incredibly effective technique that you will definitely want to have in your arsenal. Watch the video below and then we will break down Travis Stevens’ technique. Check it out now!

Travis Stevens starts this position with a top sprawl on his opponent who is in a turtle position. There are actually a lot of reasons you might end up in this position, may you have your training partner in a front lock and he is trying to get out. Our maybe he got up with an under hook from side control in half guard. There are a few variations you can work from. No matter how you end up there, you are going to the have your legs sprawled back and away from your training partner and he is going to shoot in for a double leg. A strong wrestler is going to force their way in and get one knee up, effectively lifting you over his shoulder with your feet off the mat. Travis hooks his left arm around his opponent’s arm, and he posts as soon as he gets dropped. He rips his leg free and takes a big back step. His hooking arm is used to reach across so he can grab his own foot and lock up the reverse triangle. From here you can finish the submission by grabbing your training partner’s ankle and pulling it out from under him. This will create an immense amount of pressure and your opponent will be sure to tap.

There are a few key take aways from this demonstration that make this a highly effective double leg defense. First, it is very important to immediate get that hook across your opponent before he dumps you. The back step needs to be gigantic, as this is your primary method for avoiding the double leg itself. As soon as you get dumped you need to post on your elbow and lock up that reverse triangle. Naturally, you will want to start out slow when first learning this technique. Get the movement down as precise as possible and then add fluidity and speed into the mix. In a live roll or competition you are going to aim to flow throw this quickly to avoid giving your training partner any opportunity to counter.

Give this one a try the next time you are training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The beautiful thing about the triangle is that it is so versatile, as proven by what Travis has demonstrated here for us today. The more techniques you have for defending the double leg, the better your game will be. Thank you Travis Stevens for demonstrating this amazing technique for us today!


Judo Champion Jimmy Pedro and Travis Stevens give you an insight into their world of taking people down. With these 3 DVD / On Demand set you can improve your take down game from 2 of the best in that area!

These two greats will be your guides as you learn to master the skills necessary to beat even the toughest opponent. All the techniques and tips you’ll ever need are found in The Takedown Blueprint.

If you want to beat the guys at your belt level you need to be better than them in some areas. You could try to get better at sweeping or passing than they are at sweeping & passing, but that’s going to be difficult because they are working on those skills 3 to 5 times a week in class. Luckily, they are ignoring their standup games – some simple drilling of the right moves will give you a huge advantage.

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