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Takedowns For The Street With Eli Knight

Takedowns For The Street With Eli Knight



There are many reasons why someone starts training Jiu-Jitsu. Some people want to become a competitor, while others are simply looking for a good workout. One thing that should happen while training Jiu-Jitsu is the ability to defend yourself in a real life altercation. Eli Knight is one of the best resources currently on how to utilize Jiu-Jitsu for self defense. 

A major aspect of self defense is securing a takedown. This can be quite the endeavor for someone who has neglected their takedown practice while in the gym. However, takedowns aren’t as intimidating as many would have you think. With fair expectations and a little practice you will be able to find reliable takedowns that work for you. BUT have you considered how your takedowns would work in the street?

Many takedowns in Jiu-Jitsu are done knowing that there is a safe landing surface for your opponent. On top of that, the opponent will likely be able to react in a safe manner by utilizing break fall techniques. In the street you might be defending yourself from a drunken fool whose only fighting technique is a Haymaker out of a John Wayne film. Chances are the numbskull who is willing to take a crack at you in the street hasn’t spent much time practicing “Ukemi”. SO let’s not send Jethro to the morgue with a high amplitude SUPLEX onto the asphalt! Eli Knight shares some takedown considerations with us here in this video! Check it out, and his YouTube Channel is GOLD!

First up is a nice “Hip Slicer” takedown that can safely put your attacker on the ground with reduced risk. Eli utilizes a gable grip or S grip with this technique. Eli starts around his partner’s waist, this is a common position in most Jiu-Jitsu practitioner’s arsenal. While maintaining a strong base with his legs Eli starts to “cut” into his partner’s hip while stepping his near leg back and away from his partner’s base. This creates a dropping force that is likely to collapse your attackers base. As you can see, it is a reliable way to get your attacker to the ground without causing a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). 

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Next up, Eli’s co-host utilizes a knee bump to get the attacker to the floor. As he describes there are multiple grip configurations that can be utilized for this technique, but ultimately he opts for a far side control over Eli’s far arm. Once the grip is established, he utilizes a close base to better control Eli’s balance. From here he does a knee bump while simultaneously turning his head into his attackers chest. This creates a rotational force that causes the attacker to drop to the ground while under your control, again avoiding serious head injury!

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Jiu-Jitsu Based Self Defense Solutions by Eli Knight

Whether you are a Black-Belt, White-Belt, or No Belt Jiu-Jitsu Based Solutions By Eli Knight will give you the tools required to survive a real life altercation where your attacker is trying to inflict serious harm to you. Will you accept less than the best in training, when your life depends on it? If the answer is a resounding NO, then Jiu-Jitsu Based Solutions By Eli Knight is for YOU! 



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