Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 17 - Mental Exercise for Champions

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 17 - Mental Exercise for Champions

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Travis discusses the mindset of a champion and walks everyone through a mental exercise he uses to prepare himself for competition.

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 16 - Takedown and Defense Drills

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 16 - Takedown and Defense Drills

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Travis shows a couple different takedown drills to practice the seoi nage, one using the wall, and one using multiple partners. He also shows a drill to practice defending the seoi nage by squatting and using his hips.

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 15 - Ippon Seoi Nage with Cross Collar Grip

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 15 - Ippon Seoi Nage with Cross Collar Grip

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Travis' opponent has a collar grip on him, so his first step is to grip the sleeve and pull it up the wrist. His other hand comes thumb to thumb, and pushes to break the grip, and he keeps the sleeve grip. He also makes a cross collar grip, and pulls it up and circles, pulling his opponent with him. When his opponent steps, he opens the space for Travis to utilize the same footwork he's been working to drop to the seoi nage.

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 14 - Ippon Seoi Nage with Collar Grip

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 14 - Ippon Seoi Nage with Collar Grip

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Travis shows another variation of the seoi nage, now using a collar grip. Stressing the importance of the grip, Travis opens his arm and rolls his hand up his opponent's shoulder. His other hand is pulling the other arm up as well. Now he takes his steps and rotates into his opponent, bringing his elbow underneath the far arm. He finishes the throw by pulling the arm down and lifting his opponent as he did before.

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 13 - Ippon Seoi Nage with Arm Grip

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 13 - Ippon Seoi Nage with Arm Grip

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Travis shows his favorite version of the ippon seoi nage from start to finish. With the collar grip, always on top of his opponent's arm, Travis first pushes the arm down, causing his opponent to push back up. Travis uses this opportunity to pull the arm up, and use his foot work to turn and close the distance, bringing his other arm underneath his opponent's arm. To finish the throw, he pulls down hard on the arm, lifts his opponent by raising his level and throws him over the top by bowing down.

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 12 - Seoi Nage Drill

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 12 - Seoi Nage Drill

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Travis puts the footwork and the lifting together to work a seoi nage drill. He also breaks down the importance of distance based on how tall your opponent is or what his posture is. The taller your opponent, the closer you need to get to him to properly lift him up and throw him.

Travis Stevens BJJ for Judo 11 - Seoi Nage Footwork

Travis Stevens BJJ for Judo 11 - Seoi Nage Footwork

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Travis breaks down the footwork required for a seoi nage throw into three simple steps, turning himself 180 degrees. This drill can be done with a partner standing still to help gauge your distance, or it can be done on your own.

Travis Stevens BJJ for Judo 10 - Lifting Your Opponent

Travis Stevens BJJ for Judo 10 - Lifting Your Opponent

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Travis shows an exercise to practice properly lifting your opponent of his feet before you throw him. His partner holds his arms straight out and Travis turns his back to him and closes the distance. He grips the gi or wrists, squats and pulls his arms forward. Now Travis straightens his legs and pulls his partner forward, lifting him off the mat. From here, he can finish a throw simply by bowing.

Travis Stevens BJJ for Judo 9 - Grip Breaking

Travis Stevens BJJ for Judo 9 - Grip Breaking

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Travis' opponent has a grip on his lapel, so first Travis makes the same grip on his opponent's lapel. His other hand makes a C-grip, and he brings it up, grabbing his opponent's wrist from underneath. At the same time, Travis pulls back with his back, and brings the arm across his body before making a grip on his opponent's back. Now he has different foot sweep and takedown options from here.

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 8 - Foot Sweep with 50/50 Grips

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 8 - Foot Sweep with 50/50 Grips

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Travis answers a student's question about how to take down your opponent when you both have the same sleeve grip pushing down. Travis lifts his front foot off the mat to put more weight down on his grip, and places his foot behind his opponent's foot, hooking his heel. He bends his knee and sweeps his foot out from under him for the takedown.

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 7 - Defending Grips

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 7 - Defending Grips

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Travis focuses on how to defend during the grip fight, stressing the importance of protecting your front foot side collar and sleeve. Travis does so by keeping his hand up to his chest while defending grips, and looking to catch his opponent's hand when he throws it in to make a grip. He also shows how blocking your opponent's shoulder, if he has your collar, can prevent the takedown.

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 6 - Fundamentals of Grip Fighting

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 6 - Fundamentals of Grip Fighting

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Travis covers many topics in grip fighting, including how to grip against an opposite side opponent, how to determine what stance your opponent is, how to transition from sleeve to collar grips, and he shows a drill to practice setting up your grips.

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