Demian Maia is one of the greatest BJJ players in MMA and in this breakdown I examine the takedowns he has used to get the fight to the ground where he can start grappling for the submission. Subscribe!: https://bit.ly/2GEyeDo
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Demian Maia is a BJJ Black Belt and perhaps the greatest grappler in mixed martial arts. But as a practitioner of a ground-based fighting art a crucial part of his game is how he takes the fight to the ground and in the video we will be examining his favourite takedown tactics.
His most common entry into his shots is the Jab fient, where he fients his Jab to draw a reaction out of his opponent of either blocking or a counter and when they do he drops his level underneath their lead hand and straight onto the single leg.
Another way is waiting for his opponent to jab or step in with their lead leg, as soon as they extend their leg Demian Maia will time it and drop down into a single. As a southpaw with his right leg forward the single leg shot is a much more comfortable and quicker shot option.
SINGLE LEG FINISHES
Once Demian gets in on the single leg his preferred finish is running the pipe where he rotates his outside leg backwards which spins the opponent while at the same time dropping head, shoulder and chest pressure down on the opponent's thigh. This shifts the opponent's centre of gravity to a point where they would need the use of their trapped leg to post and maintain balance but instead, they are forced to sit down.
This finish works in open space and also against the fence, where you must rotate your opponent away and off the fence to prevent them from using it to lean on and maintain balance in place of their trapped leg.
While it is most common to do this with the head on the inside, Demian has also used this finish with the head on the outside, while this is not surprising in wrestling in BJJ where submissions are involved this is often seen as too risky and a rookie mistake as it gives your neck to the opponent for a guillotine choke. While that risk indeed does exist, here it is being used safely against multiple high-level competitors.
If when countering this technique you continue to rotate and use your hands as a post you give up the path to back take.
BACK TRIP & TAKE
From the single leg another finish Demian executes is the back trip, where after securing the single leg Demians outside hand may reach and secure control on the far waist, as he looks to trip the far leg out from underneath his opponent while circling his weight down to the mat over the top of the blocked leg.
This will result in Demian taking the back or landing in top position and he will even look to trip the far leg without gaining control of the waist.
Demian will also look to trip the near leg, proactively hooking it after his shot, if he is unable to lift it or if the opponent can get it back on the mat. This all works in combination with his back taking strategy of continually spiralling around his opponent looking to secure hooks.
Depending on the reaction of the opponent the hand grabbing the far waist can open up a pathway to a back take which is often the ultimate goal of Maia's game.
In fact, in his first MMA fight, Demian charges into the clinch and immediately circles to back and executes a trip his opponent.
Although he does have the goal of securing his hooks, once he gets the back and secures a body lock he has a variety of trips he will execute to bring his opponent to the mat. Most often he is blocking a leg and dragging his weight and the opponent backwards over the top of it, but he will also continuously hack away at any leg of the opponents that is available to attack as a means of destabilising them and breaking them down.
In this SItuation, Demian starts against the fence and looks for a trip which allows him to begin rotating towards his opponents back, now in a T Position he looks to trip again which rotates him all the way to the back where he successfully completes the takedown.
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